USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1994-015-FA

Other ID: W16-94

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: To recover and redeploy the 2 standard instrumented tripods and a subsurface mooring, and collect 3 hydraulically damped gravity cores (with video monitor) and Van Veen grab samples.


Start Date: 1994-10-04

Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 1994-10-05

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Corer - piston, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Mooring tripod, Camera- deep sea, DGPS, 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 deployed: 2 (#445 and 446 recovered FA 95017 WHITE HEATH Feb. 24-25, 1995). Moorings recovered: 3 (#440 and 441 deployed FA 94022 WHITE HEATH Jun. 7-8, 1994; #442 deployed FA 94019 WHITE HEATH Jul. 6, 1994). Cores: 13; Van Veen grabs: 3; video transects: 2.

Staff: Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Peter W. Gill, Marinna Martini, Joseph S. Newell, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
Mark Goodwin
Leo Sommaripa
and Anne Canaday - MWRA

Notes: Project = Studies of circulation and contaminant transport, Studies of circulation and contaminant transport


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.3 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
Corer - piston --- Geology
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1994-015-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 445; 19941004-19950215)
DGPS --- Navigation
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1994-015-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)