USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1993-024-FA

Other ID: W13-93

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: Recovered moorings #420 and 421 and deployed #428 and 429 in Massachusetts Bay; conducted sediment sampling and subsampling.


Start Date: 1993-10-05

Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Date: 1993-10-06

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Equipment Used: DGPS, Corer - gravity, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Mooring tripod, Camera- deep sea, Sediment traps, 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 recovered: 2 (#420 and 421 deployed WHITE HEATH FA 93011 Jun. 15-16, 1993). Moorings deployed: 2 (#428 and 429, both recovered FA 94040 WHITE HEATH Feb. 15-17, 2004).

Staff: Marinna Martini, Joseph S. Newell, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
R. Wheatcroft
A. Zimmerman; P. Ralston
Wendy Leo - MWRA

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Marinna Martini, Joseph Newell, Carol Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William Strahle, R. Wheatcroft, A. Zimmerman.


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.35 West: -70.8 East: -70.75


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:

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
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - gravity --- Geology
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1993-024-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 428; 19931005-19940216)
Sediment traps --- Geology
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1993-024-FA-OM-001 ( Western MAss Bay mooring data)