USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 1997-015-FA

Other ID: W23-97

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): 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.

Vehicle(s):

Start Port/Location: Boston Harbor, MA

End Port/Location: Boston Harbor, MA

Start Date: 1997-02-11

End Date: 1997-02-13

Equipment Used: DGPS, Bottom platform, Corer - piston, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Sediment traps, Camera- deep sea, Osprey camera system

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: R. Rendigs, D. Blackwood (USGS divers) and S. Cross (WHOI) attached a retrieval line to the large tripod which would not release at site LNB. Hydraulically damped cores: 8 (4 each, Stations 2 and 3). Moorings recovered: 3 (#477, 478 and 480 deployed FA 96023 WHITE HEATH Oct. 1-2, 1996). Moorings deployed: 2 (#495 and 496 recovered FA 97016 WHITE HEATH Jun. 10, 1997).

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Michael Bothner, Peter W. Gill, Marinna Martini, Shannon McDaniel, Andrew McIntire, Richard Rendigs, Brenton B. Taylor

Affiliate Staff:
Steven Cross - dive consultant; David Fitzpatrick - McLane Lab

Notes:

Location:

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

Boundaries
North: 42.45 South: 42.35 West: -70.9 East: -70.75

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 Lange, W.N., 2008, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay, 1996 - 2005: URL: http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/266/.

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.

Portals/Viewers

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
DGPS --- Navigation
1997-015-FA-LN-001 ( Area map depicting long-term mooring and sample locations, Boston Harbor, MA. )
Corer - piston --- Geology
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Video
Sediment traps --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1997-015-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 495; 19970212-19970610)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1997-015-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)