USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1995-038-FA

Other ID: W19-95

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): Environmental Data: Current, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology

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.


Start Date: 1995-09-26

Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Date: 1995-09-27

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

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

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 3 (#459 and 460, deployed FA 95032 WHITE HEATH Jun. 13, 1995; #461 deployed FA 95035 WHITE HEATH Jul. 10, 1995). Moorings deployed: 2 (#462 and 463 partial recovery, FA 96007 WHITE HEATH Feb. 14-15, 1996, and #463 partial recovery FA 96019 WHITE HEATH Feb. 1, 1996).

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

Affiliate Staff:
Wendy Leo (MWRA)
Fred Sayles (WHOI)
Joanne Goudreau (WHOI)

Notes: This cruise will be the 19th 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. Information derived from pre-cruise report; no post-cruise report found. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner, Michael Casso, Peter Gill, Marinna Martini, Joseph Newell, Richard Rendigs, William Strahle, and Brenton Brendt Taylor (alternate: Aaron Johnson).


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
Sediment traps --- Geology
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - piston --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
ADCP --- Current
1995-038-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1995-038-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 462; 19950926-19960214)