USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1989-035-FA

Other ID: W1-89

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): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To deploy an instrumented tripod, a subsurface mooring, and a near surface current meter from the Coast Guard's large navigation buoy at the approach to Boston Harbor. In addition, sediment samples will be collected with a Van Veen grab sampler at two locations near the proposed offshore outfall for Boston's sewage treatment plant. Objective is to begin long-term monitoring of currents, sediment transport, and physical/chemical characteristics of sediments in western Massachusetts Bay.


Start Date: 1989-12-05

Start Port/Location: Coast Guard Support Center, Boston, MA

End Date: 1989-12-06

End Port/Location: Coast Guard Support Center, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Sediment traps, Mooring tripod, Camera- deep sea, Loran-C, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Grab samples: 8-10; Moorings deployed: 2 (#338 and 339 recovered FA 90002 WHITE HEATH Mar. 27-29, 1990).

Staff: Michael Bothner, Adam Brown, Bradford Butman, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
alternate: Ginger Fry

Notes: Major data recovery will occur when moorings are turned around in about 5 months. Information derived from pre-cruise report; no post cruise report found. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner, Brad Butman, Richard Rendigs, William Strahle, Adam Brown; alternate: Ginger Fry.

Location Map:


photo of White Heath
White Heath


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Sediment traps --- Geology
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1989-035-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 338; 19891205-19900327)
Loran-C --- Navigation
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1989-035-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)