USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1987-012-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Conduct a hydrographic survey of western Massachusetts Bay and Boston Harbor following a period of record rainfall and stream runoff.


Start Date: 1987-04-15

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1987-04-17

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Hydrographic survey, numerous samples taken.

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Hydrographic survey completed.

Staff: Michael Bothner, Bradford Butman, John Larson

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Following heavy rains in early April, the streamflow on the Merrimack River reached 35-year flood levels, and 20-year flood levels on the Charles River. The hydrographic measurements will be used to interpret current observations made in Massachusetts Bay during this period of intense runoff.

Location Map:


photo of Mary Louise
Mary Louise


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler