USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2005-033-FA

Other ID: DI-0805

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Location: Boston Harbor, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): Michael Casso

Data Type(s): Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Video

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect sediment cores from Monitoring Stations 4 and 8 in Boston Harbor for metals analysis.


Start Date: 2005-08-15

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

End Date: 2005-08-15

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

Equipment Used: GPS (wh), Video camera - deep sea, Corer - gravity

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 4 sediment cores were collected using push poles from the surface ship near the time of low tide. All cores were located about 25 feet NW of the Boston Harbor Station 4 target location. Due to the current and the difficulty of collecting cores at Station 4, we decided to cancel attempting core collection at Station 8 (which would have had deeper water and stronger current).

Staff: Sandy Baldwin, Michael Casso, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Michael Casso, Sandy Baldwin Milbert, Richard Rendigs (Cruise leader).
Project = Coastal Processes, Environmental Change: Northeast, Coastal Processes, Environmental Change: Northeast

Location Map:


photo of USCG 49 Foot Buoy Tender
USCG 49 Foot Buoy Tender


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:

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
GPS (wh) --- Navigation
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Corer - gravity --- Geology