USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1987-020-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Location: Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To recover three surface buoys with current meters at three location in Massachusetts Bay. The instruments were deployed as part of a study of currents and sediment transport in western Massachusetts Bay, and were deployed in February on the R/V OCEANUS.


Start Date: 1987-05-12

Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Date: 1987-05-12

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Grab sampler, Loran-C, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: The buoys and current meter moorings were recovered without incident. The instruments were unfouled. The Coast Guard buoy tender was extremely efficient at recovery. Surface salinity samples: 16. Moorings recovered: 3 (#320, 321 and 322, deployed FA 87005 OCEANUS Feb. 7, 1987).

Staff: Bradford Butman, John Larson

Affiliate Staff:


Location Map:


photo of White Heath
White Heath


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Grab sampler --- Biology
Loran-C --- Navigation
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)