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.


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:


photo of White Heath
White Heath


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)