USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

Coastal & Marine Geology Program

Field Activity Details for field activity 2006-026-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): John Crusius

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s): John Crusius

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Conductivity, Environmental Data: Dissolved Oxygen, Environmental Data: ORP, Environmental Data: Radon, Environmental Data: Temperature, Environmental Data: pH, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Radon mapping and discrete water sampling in West Falmouth Harbor corroborated by infrared fly-over to detect low-temperature groundwater discharge organized with collaborator Ann Giblin, MBL.


Start Date: 2006-08-09

Start Port/Location: West Falmouth Harbor, MA

End Date: 2006-08-10

End Port/Location: West Falmouth Harbor, MA

Equipment Used: RAD7 radon detection instrument, YSI multiparameter sonde, Digital camera, GPS (wh)

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Mapping of water-column radon activity throughout all of West Falmouth Harbor took place on two consecutive days on August 9 and 10, each time covering a large portion of the harbor during a low spring tide and with the same equipment setup as on July 7. No discrete radon samples were collected during this field effort, but 15 water-column samples were collected and filtered for later radium analyses using a bilge pump to pull water into containers carried aboard an MBL owned and operated boat. This event was coordinated with simultaneous thermal imaging conducted from a small aircraft (carried out during the afternoon of August 10 by scientists from the EPA Narragansett Bay lab).

Staff: Dann Blackwood, John Crusius, Laura Erban, Dirk Koopmans, Max Nepstad, Diomaris Padilla

Affiliate Staff:
Clara Funk (boat driver
Laura Whitman (boat driver

Notes: Related field activities:,,, Original Center People field contained: Dirk Koopmans; Laura Erban; Max Nepstad; Diomaris Padilla; John Crusius; Dann Blackwood (TERRAPIN driver).
Project = Ground water coastal aquifers, Ground water coastal aquifers


West Falmouth Harbor, Snug Harbor, Falmouth, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.61 South: 41.59 West: -70.65 East: -70.63


photo of Terrapin

MWRA Whaler


Bratton, J.F., 2007, The importance of shallow confining units to submarine groundwater flow, in Sanford, W., Langevin, C., Polemio, M., and Povinec, P., eds., A New Focus on Groundwater-Seawater Interactions: International Association of Hydrological Sciences, v. 312.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
RAD7 radon detection instrument --- Radon
YSI multiparameter sonde --- Conductivity
Dissolved Oxygen
Digital camera --- Photo
2006-026-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
GPS (wh) --- Navigation