USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1991-005-FA

Other ID: W5-91

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: This cruise will be the fifth in the two year program jointly funded by the USGS and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The U.S. Coast Guard is generously providing ship time and at-sea support. The objective of the program is to conduct long-term monitoring of currents, sediment transport, and physical/chemical characteristics of sediments in western Massachusetts Bay.


Start Date: 1991-02-12

Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 1991-02-13

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Mooring tripod, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Corer - piston, Box corer, Camera- deep sea, Loran-C, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#358 and 359, both deployed FA 90041 WHITE HEATH Oct. 23-24, 1990). Moorings deployed: 2 (#374 and 375, both recovered FA 91016 WHITE HEATH June 11-12, 1991).

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

Affiliate Staff:
Stacey Kim - WHOI
Mike Michelson - MWRA

Notes: Information derived from pre-cruise report and mooring log; no post-cruise information was available.


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

North: 42.37478 South: 42.27121 West: -70.9621 East: -70.71487


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:

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:

Butman, B., Sherwood, C.R., and Dalyander, P.S., 2008, Northeast storms ranked by wind stress and wave-generated bottom stress observed in Massachusetts Bay, 1990-2006: Continental Shelf Research, v. 28 no. 10-11, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2008.02.010.

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
Box corer --- Biology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1991-005-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 374; 19910212-19910611)
Loran-C --- Navigation
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1991-005-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)