USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2000-002-FA

Other ID: MH32-00; IB H-2-00-MY

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): Michael Casso, Frances Lightsom

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Dissolved Oxygen, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Mooring turn-around and sediment sampling.


Start Date: 2000-02-15

Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Date: 2000-02-16

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, GPS (wh), Mooring tripod, Video camera - deep sea, Camera- deep sea, Corer - gravity, Bottom tripod

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings 590-592 were recovered. Mooring 593 did not release and will be recovered at a later date. Divers were not utilized. Moorings deployed: 4 (#611, 612, 613 and 614, all recovered FA 00003 MARCUS HANNA May 9-10, 2000). Moorings recovered: 3 (#590, 591 and 592, all deployed FA 99009 MARCUS HANNA Sep. 21-22, 1999).

Staff: Robert Barton, Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Bradford Butman, Michael Casso, Jessica M. Cote, Marinna Martini, Joseph S. Newell, Richard Rendigs, David Walsh

Affiliate Staff:
Joanne Goudreau - WHOI

Notes: Rick Rendigs, Dive Safety Officer for the center, and Dann Blackwood will be divers should an instrument fail to come up. Original Center People field contained: Science Crew, USGS: Jonathan Borden, Mike Bothner, Brad Butman, Dann Blackwood, Michael Casso, Jessica Cote, David Walsh, Marinna Martini, Richard Rendigs. Mobilization: Joseph Newell, Robert Barton. Original Submitted By field contained: Mike Bothner; edited by Jessica Cote.
Project = Massachusetts Bay Long-Term Study, Massachusetts Bay Long-Term Study

Location Map:


photo of Marcus Hanna
Marcus Hanna


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: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1302, 89 p. URL:

Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187, CD-ROM, URL:

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: U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-74, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM, URL:

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: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 266, Version 1.0, DVD-ROM, URL:

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
Oxygen profiling system from Sayles --- Dissolved Oxygen
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
2000-002-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Corer - gravity --- Geology
2000-002-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2000-002-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)