USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1987-005-FA

Other ID: OC181, Leg 1

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Location: Rodgers Pass, Wilkinson Basin, Jordan Basin, Northeast Channel, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, Gulf of Maine, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The OCEANUS cruise was part of a continuing study of the hydrography, circulation and sediment transport in the Gulf of Maine. The specific objectives of the cruise were to: 1) Conduct a detailed hydrographic survey of the Gulf of Maine; 2) Recover 2 moorings in the Northeast Channel; 3) Deploy 1 subsurface mooring in Rodgers Pass; and 4) Deploy instrumentation (3 tripods, 1 subsurface mooring and 3 surface buoys) in Massachusetts Bay.


Start Date: 1987-02-05

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1987-02-15

End Port/Location: Portsmouth, NH

Equipment Used: Camera- deep sea, Grab sampler, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 7 (#317, 318, and 319 recovered FA 87011 MARY LOUISE Apr. 8-10, 1987; #320, 321, and 322, recovered FA 87020 WHITE HEATH May 12, 1987; and #323 recovered this cruise. Moorings recovered: 4 (#323 deployed this cruise; UNH buoy adrift - recovered lower half; Brookhaven instrument package; surface buoy N1). Non-responsive mooring: 1 (#314 deployed FA 86017 GYRE Aug. 21 - Sep. 2, 1986). CTD stations: 95; Suspended sediment samples: 282; Oxygen samples: 92.

Staff: Bradford Butman, Mary E. Hastings, John Moody, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
Wendell Brown (UNH); Karen Garrison (UNH); Daniel Howard (UNH); Charlie Flagg (Brookhaven Nat'l Lab); William Behrens (Brookhaven Nat'l Lab); Andrew Eliason (Eliason Data Services); Dana Wiese (WHOI)

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Brad Butman (Ch. Sci.), John Moody, Richard Rendigs, Mary Polly Shoukimas, William Strahle.

Location Map:


photo of Oceanus


Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: URL:

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1987-005-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 319; 19870207-19870400)
Grab sampler --- Biology
1987-005-FA-SC-001 ( GRAB, TRAP samples)
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1987-005-FA-OM-001 ( Mass Bay - West mooring data)