USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1991-017-FA

Other ID: 91-2

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

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

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s): James Irish - UNH

Information Specialist(s):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Recover surface moorings, guard buoys and bottom tripod systems at 8 locations in Massachusetts and Cape Cod Bays. The moored array is part of a study of coastal circulation and sediment transport conducted by scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of New Hampshire, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Vehicle(s):

Start Date: 1991-06-16

Start Port/Location: Portsmouth, NH

End Date: 1991-06-19

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Current, Loran-C

Information to be Derived: Time series data;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 4 (#370, 371 and 372 deployed FA 91003 OCEANUS 234, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 1991; #373 deployed FA 91004 ARGO MAINE, Feb. 7, 1991).

Staff: Bradford Butman, Marinna Martini, William J. Strahle, Carol M. Parmenter

Affiliate Staff:
James Irish (UNH)
Woody Lee (UNH)
John Wallinga (UNH)
Matthew Gould (WHOI)
Craig Marquette (WHOI)

Notes: Pre-field activity and mooring log provided information.

Location Map:

Platform(s):

photo of Argo Maine
Argo Maine

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/.

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: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/ofr/ofr91361, 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
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1991-017-FA-OM-001 ( Mass Bay Circulation mooring data)
Loran-C --- Navigation