USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1995-017-FA

Other ID: W17-95

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

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

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: 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. This cruise will be the 17th in a 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. Time-series sediment traps and a remotely operated suspended matter sampler will be deployed on the subsurface mooring.


Start Date: 1995-02-14

Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 1995-02-15

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Sediment traps, DGPS, Corer - piston, Osprey camera system, Camera- deep sea, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Samples and chemical analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#445 and 446 deployed FA 94015 WHITE HEATH Oct. 4-5, 1994). Moorings deployed: 3 (#450, 451 and 452, all recovered FA 95032 WHITE HEATH Jun. 13-14, 1995).

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

Affiliate Staff:
Wendy Leo (MWRA - Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling)
Fred Sayles (WHOI - Sediment sampling and subsampling)
Joanne Goudreau (WHOI - Sediment sampling and subsampling)
Steve Smith (WHOI - Sediment sampling and subsampling)

Notes: Information derived from pre-cruise report and mooring logs; no post-field activity report found. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling), Michael Casso (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling), Peter Gill (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling), Marinna Martini (Recovery and Deployment), Joseph Newell (Recovery and Deployment), Richard Rendigs (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling), William Strahle (Recovery and Deployment), Brenton Taylor (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling).

Location Map:


photo of White Heath
White Heath


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Sediment traps --- Geology
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - piston --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1995-017-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 450; 19950214-19950613)
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1995-017-FA-OM-001 ( Western MAss Bay mooring data)