As part of the Barrier Island Evolution Research Project, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center conducted a nearshore geophysical survey around the northern Chandeleur Islands, Louisiana, in August of 2017. The objective of the project is to improve the understanding of barrier island geomorphic evolution, particularly storm-related depositional and erosional processes that shape the islands over annual to interannual timescales (1-5 years). Collecting geophysical data can help researchers to identify relationships between the geologic history of the island and its present-day morphology and sediment distribution. High-resolution geophysical data collected along this rapidly changing barrier island system can provide a unique time-series dataset to further the analyses and geomorphological interpretations of this and other coastal systems, improving researchers understanding of coastal response and evolution over medium-term time scales (months to years).
This data release serves as an archive of subbottom profile and navigation data collected in August 2017 offshore of the northern Chandeleur Islands, during USGS Field Activity Number 2017-337-FA. Data products, including unprocessed digital chirp subbottom data, trackline map, navigation files, processed profile images, geographic information system (GIS) files and formal Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata, and field logs are provided. For additional information regarding data acquisition and processing methods, refer to USGS Data Series 1077.