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):

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

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.


Start Date: 1997-02-11

Start Port/Location: Boston Harbor, MA

End Date: 1997-02-13

End Port/Location: Boston Harbor, MA

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

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


Location Map:


photo of White Heath
White Heath


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
Sediment traps --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1997-015-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 495; 19970212-19970610)
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1997-015-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)