USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2004-026-FA

Other ID: MH45-04

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): William Martin - WHOI

Information Specialist(s): Michael Casso, Frances Lightsom

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange long-term moorings, collect sediment cores, obtain oxygen profiles within surface sediment, collect horse mussels using SCUBA from rocky bottoms near outfall, and deploy benthic chambers to measure fluxes of dissolved constituents in sediment-pore waters.


Start Date: 2004-05-19

Start Port/Location: Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 2004-05-20

End Port/Location: Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Benthic Chambers, Current, Digital camera, DGPS

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#755 and 756 deployed FA 04016 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 5-6, 2004). Moorings deployed: 3 (#766, 767 and 768 all recovered FA 04032 ABBIE BURGESS Sep. 22-23, 2004). All moorings were successfully replaced. Time series sediment trap did not rotate. Slow corer worked perfectly 8 for 8. Oxygen profiler used 2X at Station 3 and 1X at Station 2. Two benthic chambers deployed at Station 3. Divers (Dann Blackwood and Michael Casso) collected 10 horse mussels and a few brachiopods and one boulder covered with coraline algae and other organisms at MWRA Station T4-4.

Staff: Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, John Crusius, Marinna Martini, Richard Rendigs, Stephen Ruane

Affiliate Staff:
Barbara Hecker (Hecker Environmental); William Martin and Joanne Goudreau (WHOI)

Notes: Dive plan was filled out by Dann Blackwood. Original Center People field contained: Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood*, Jonathan Borden*, Mike Bothner, Michael Casso, John Crusius, Marinna Martini*, Richard Rendigs, Stephen Ruane*. All will assist in MOB and will participate at sea. Asterisk (*) denotes acct. 2921-0EL26; otherwise acct. 2921-0EL10.
Project = Massachusetts Bay Circulation and Contaminant Transport, Massachusetts Bay Circulation and Contaminant Transport

Location Map:


photo of Marcus Hanna
Marcus Hanna


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Oxygen profiling system from Sayles --- Dissolved Oxygen
Benthic Chambers --- Experiments
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2004-026-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)
Digital camera --- Photo
2004-026-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
DGPS --- Navigation