USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1990-016-FA

Other ID: W3-90; WTHT90-2

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, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography), Visual Identification: Submersible Observations

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The objective of the program is to make long-term measurements of currents and sediment transport in the vicinity of the proposed ocean outfall in Massachusetts Bay. The purpose of this cruise was to recover and redeploy the instrumented moorings. Samples of bottom sediments are collected on each cruise required to service the instruments. This was the third in a series of 6 cruises during the two year period of the present Joint Funding Agreement between the MA Water Resources Authority and the USGS.

Vehicle(s):

Start Date: 1990-07-10

Start Port/Location: Boston Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 1990-07-11

End Port/Location: Boston Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Mooring tripod, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Corer - piston, Corer - gravity, Video camera - deep sea, Loran-C, Camera- deep sea, Sextant, Bottom tripod, Submersible Observation

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 2 (#347 and 348 recovered FA 90041 WHITE HEATH Oct. 23-24, 1990). Moorings recovered: 2 (#340 and 341 deployed FA 90002 WHITE HEATH Mar. 27-29, 1990) .

Staff: Michael Bothner, Adam Brown, Marinna Martini, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
Andrea Barbanti - mooring work
sampling; Donald Harrison - sampling

Notes: Information derived from cruise report and mooring log. Moorings deployed on March 28, 1990, were recovered on this cruise and replaced with new moorings. Original Center People field contained: Andrea Barbanti - mooring work, sampling; Mike Bothner - mooring work, sampling; Adam Brown - mooring work, sampling; Marinna Martini - mooring work; Carol Parmenter - mooring work, sampling; Richard Rendigs - mooring work, sampling; William Strahle - mooring work; Donald Harrison - sampling.
Project = Circulation, Pollutant Transport Studies off MA Coast, Circulation, Pollutant Transport Studies off MA Coast

Location Map:

Platform(s):

photo of White Heath
White Heath

Publications

Bothner, M.H., Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., Baldwin, S.M., Blackwood, D.S., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Crusius, J., Goudreau, J., Kalnejais, L.H., Lamothe, P.J., Martin, W.R., Martini, M.A., Rendigs, R.R., Sayles, F.L., Signell, R.P., Valentine, P.C., and Warner, J.C., 2007, Processes influencing the transport and fate of contaminated sediments in the coastal ocean - Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay: 89 URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/2007/1302/.

Butman, B., Bothner, M.H., Alexander, P.S., Lightsom, F.L., Martini, M.A., Gutierrez, B.T., and Strahle, W.S., 2004, Long-term oceanographic observations in western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts; data report for 1989-2002: URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/dds/dds74/.

Butman, B., Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., and Lang, W.N., 2008, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay, Version 2, 1989 - 1996: URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/265/.

Warner, J.C., Butman, B., and Dalyander, P. S., 2008, Storm-driven sediment transport in Massachusetts Bay: Continental Shelf Research, v. 28 no. 2, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2007.08.008.

Warner, J.C., Sherwood, Christopher R., Signell, Richard P., Harris, Courtney K., and Arango, Hernan G., 2008, Development of a three-dimensional, regional, coupled wave, current, and sediment-transport model: Computers and Geosciences, v. 34 no. 10, doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2008.02.012.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Corer - piston --- Geology
Corer - gravity --- Geology
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Loran-C --- Navigation
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1990-016-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 347; 19900710-19901024)
Sextant --- Navigation
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1990-016-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)
Submersible Observation --- Submersible Observations
1990-016-FA-NL-002 ( Audio tape tape for sub dive )