USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2005-022-FA

Other ID: MH48-05

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): Michael Casso, Frances Lightsom

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange moorings, collect sediment cores, and conduct geochemical experiments at long-term sites in Massachusetts Bay. Collect additional cores at long-term monitoring stations in Boston Harbor.


Start Date: 2005-05-18

Start Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

End Date: 2005-05-19

End Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

Equipment Used: Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Benthic Chambers, Digital camera, Bottom tripod

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#776 and 777 both deployed FA 05003 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 9, 2005). Moorings deployed: 3 (#786 and 788 both recovered FA 05038 MARCUS HANNA Sep. 28-29, 2005; #787 part washed ashore Cohasset May 26, 2005, remainder recovered FA 05023 LOONEY Jun. 3, 2005). A large tripod with azide Honjo bottles and two Anderson traps, a small tripod, and a small subsurface mooring with formalin Honjo bottles were deployed on 5/18/05. Anderson trap 514 had the timer and the sodium azide poison. All traps were lost shortly after deployment due to strong NE storms. A large subsurface mooring was redeployed on 6/7/05. Two cores were taken at Station 2 and four cores were taken at Station 10 on 5/18/05. Two cores were taken at Station BH3 and seven cores were taken at Station 3 on 5/19/05. The oxygen sensor and the benthic chamber were deployed twice on 5/19/05. The ship had engine trouble requiring the coring of Station 4 to occur at a later time.

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

Affiliate Staff:
Joanne Goudreau (WHOI) - deploying equipment from WHOI; Bill Martin (WHOI) - working on cores at the dock.

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Sea going scientists from USGS: Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood*, Jonathan Borden*, Mike Bothner, Michael Casso, Marinna Martini*, Richard Rendigs, Stephen Ruane*. Working on cores at the dock: Dirk Koopmans. Asterisk (*) denotes acct. 2921-BOF86; otherwise acct. 2921-BOF96.
Project = Coastal Geologic Processes in the Northeast U.S., Coastal Geologic Processes in the Northeast U.S.


Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 42.4 South: 42.33 West: -71.166 East: -70.666


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: 89 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: 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: URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Oxygen profiling system from Sayles --- Dissolved Oxygen
Benthic Chambers --- Experiments
Digital camera --- Photo
2005-022-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Bottom tripod --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2005-022-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)