USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1991-001-FA

Other ID: 231

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William J. Strahle

Affiliate Investigator(s): Jim Irish - UNH

Information Specialist(s):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Recover surface and subsurface moorings at 7 locations in Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays. The moored array is part of a study of coastal circulation and sediment transport.


Start Date: 1991-01-14

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1991-01-15

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: Mooring tripod, Loran-C, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 4 (#352, 353, 354 and 355, all deployed FA 90035 MARLIN Sep. 11-13, 1990).

Staff: Kendall Banks, Marinna Martini, Joseph S. Newell, Carol M. Parmenter, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
Jim Irish
Ken Morey
Woody Lee
Tom Sheehy
and Elliot Rushton - UNH; David Nergaard - EG&G



Massachusetts Bay, Stellwagen Basin, Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.53 South: 42.1 West: -70.62 East: -70.24


photo of Oceanus


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:

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
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Loran-C --- Navigation
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1991-001-FA-OM-001 ( Mass Bay Circulation mooring data)