USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1996-007-FA

Other ID: W20-96

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): Ken Keay - MWRA; Fred Sayles - WHOI

Information Specialist(s):

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: This was the 20th USGS-MWRA cruise to monitor currents, sediment transport and physical/chemical characteristics of sediments using moored instruments and sediment sampling near the future sewage outfall for Boston in western Massachusetts Bay.

Vehicle(s):

Start Date: 1996-02-14

Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Date: 1996-02-15

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Equipment Used: DGPS, Mooring tripod, 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 (#462 and 463 partial recovery, deployed FA 95038 WHITE HEATH Sep. 26-27, 1995). Moorings deployed: 2 (#465 and 466 recovered FA 96012 WHITE HEATH Jun. 11, 1996).

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

Affiliate Staff:
Ken Keay - MWRA
Joanne Goudreau - WHOI

Notes: Project = Pollution Transport in Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, Pollution Transport in Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay

Location Map:

Platform(s):

photo of White Heath
White Heath

Publications

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: http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/2007/1302/.

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: http://pubs.usgs.gov/dds/dds74/.

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: http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/265/.

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
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Sediment traps --- Geology
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1996-007-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)