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):

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

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).

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
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)