USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1990-041-FA

Other ID: W4-90

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

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: Conduct long-term monitoring of currents, sediment transport, and physical/chemical characteristics of sediments in western Massachusetts Bay. Exchange tripod, subsurface mooring and near-surface current meter.


Start Date: 1990-10-23

Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 1990-10-24

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Corer - piston, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Corer - gravity, Sediment traps, Mooring tripod, Loran-C, Camera- deep sea, Raytheon radar, Bottom tripod

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 2 (#358 and 359, recovered FA 91005 WHITE HEATH Feb. 12-13, 1991). Moorings recovered: 2 (#347 and 348 deployed FA 90016 WHITE HEATH Jul. 10-11, 1990).

Staff: Michael Bothner, Adam Brown, Bradford Butman, Frances Lightsom, Marinna Martini, Magela Moffett, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
MWRA representative

Notes: NO CRUISE REPORT, only detailed pre-cruise report available. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner, Adam Brown, Brad Butman, Fran Hotchkiss, Marinna Martini, Carol Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William Strahle, Magela Moffett.


western Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.4 South: 42.35 West: -70.8 East: -70.7


photo of White Heath
White Heath


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:

Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: URL:

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:

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:

Hotchkiss, F.S., and Signell, Richard P., 1991, Average near-bottom currents in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay measured with Woodhead drifters; progress report for drifters released Sept. 1990 through May 1991: 14 URL:, download PDF.

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
Corer - piston --- Geology
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Corer - gravity --- Geology
1990-041-FA-SC-001 ( CORE, TRAP samples)
Sediment traps --- Geology
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Loran-C --- Navigation
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1990-041-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 358; 19901024-19910221)
Raytheon radar --- Navigation
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1990-041-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)