USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-034-FA

Other ID: MH42-03

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

Data Type(s): Biological Field Study: Experiments, Biological Field Study: Surveys, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Biology, Sampling: Geology, Visual Identification: Species ID

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect sediment cores at two long-term monitoring stations in Massachusetts Bay near the outfall for Boston's treated sewage.


Start Date: 2003-06-12

Start Port/Location: Scituate Harbor, MA

End Date: 2003-06-12

End Port/Location: Scituate Harbor, MA

Equipment Used: SeaBOSS, Digital camera, DGPS, Corer - slow

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: The CHRISTOPHER ANDREW was a fine platform to do this work on a perfectly flat sea. Five good cores were collected at Station 3. One of these collected for Linda Kalnejais for her erosion experiment. Only two cores were collected at Station 2 because of a malfunction of the bottom closure mechanism. It did not snap into place immediately after pullout, allowing the sand to fall out of the core barrel.

Staff: Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, John Crusius, Dirk Koopmans

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Original Center People field contained: S. Baldwin, D. Blackwood, Mike Bothner, M. Casso, J. Crusius, and D. Koopmans: all sea-going scientists.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment

Location Map:


photo of Christopher Andrew
Christopher Andrew


(Samples) 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, version 1.0.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaBOSS --- Experiments
Species ID
Digital camera --- Photo
2003-034-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - slow --- Geology
2003-034-FA-SC-001 ( core samples)