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):

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.


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

North: 42.52139 South: 41.80944 West: -71.05 East: -70.38333


Mary Louise



Data Acquired

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