USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1991-003-FA

Other ID: 0C234

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): William J. Strahle

Affiliate Investigator(s): James Irish - UNH

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Current, Imagery: Photo, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Deploy surface buoys and instrumentation at 6 sites in greater Massachusetts Bay. This winter experiment is designed to study the resuspension and transport of fine-grained sediments by winter storms.


Start Date: 1991-01-31

Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Date: 1991-02-01

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Equipment Used: Bottom tripod, Current Drift Bottle, Camera- deep sea, Box corer

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Deployed USGS Moorings: 4 (#369, 370, 371 and 372). Box cores: 8. Deployed UNH surface buoy and current meters: 2. Deployed UNH pressure gauge: 1. Deployed Surface drifters: 2 (#8172 and 8173).

Staff: Michael Bothner, Adam Brown, David Mason, Joseph S. Newell, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
James Irish
Kenneth Morey
John Wallinga - 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
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1991-003-FA-OM-001 ( Mass Bay Circulation mooring data)
Current Drift Bottle --- Current
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1991-003-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 370; 19910131-19910618)
Box corer --- Biology