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Field Activity Details for field activity 1978-024-FA

Other ID: 78-G7; 78-G-7

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): Richard Rendigs

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: CTD, Environmental Data: Turbidity, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Chemistry, Sampling: Geology, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect hydrographic and suspended matter data on Georges Bank and continental shelf areas off the New England and Middle Atlantic States. This is an ongoing study to determine the seasonal distribution and composition of suspended matter along the eastern seaboard. Additional cruise objectives were the deployment and recovery of three moorings with attached current meters and sediment traps. Sediment samples were collected at three locations with a grab sampler and with a hydrostatically damped gravity corer.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1978-08-19

End Date: 1978-09-01

Equipment Used: 3.5 kHz, Corer - piston, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Current, CTD, Niskin water sampler, Northstar 6000 LORAN-C, Montedoro Whitney transmissometer with nephelometer, Turner 110 Fluorometer, Loran-A

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Stations: 13; XBT (underway): 127; CTD/Transmissometer/suspended matter stations: 116; Sediment trap arrays: 3; 24-hour monitoring stations: 3; Suspended Matter Millepore samples: 286; Suspended Matter Nucleopore samples: 187; Suspended Matter Mineralogy samples: 79; Chlorophyll samples: 276; Nutrient samples: 274; Grab samples: 4; Cores: 3. Moorings deployed and recovered: 3 (#154, VACM w/transmissometer; 2 current meters w/ sediment traps).

Staff: Michael Bothner, Wayne Ferrebee, Peter Johnson, Carol M. Parmenter, Lawrence Poppe, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Staff:
William Doonan
John McClane
Nora Thom; Andrew Eliason - Eliason Data Services; Dave Strimaitis - Energy Resources Co.; Jack Becktold
Frank O'Hara - Texas A&M University; Pat Collins - WHOI

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner - Ch. Sci.; William Doonan, Wayne Ferrebee, Peter Johnson, John McClane, Carol Parmenter, Lawrence Poppe, Richard Rendigs, Nora Thom.
Project = North and Middle Atlantic OCS Environmental Assessment, North and Middle Atlantic OCS Environmental Assessment


Georges Bank, Mud Patch, Middle Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, Massachusetts, New Jersey, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.9 South: 38.4 West: -74 East: -67


photo of Gyre



Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Niskin water sampler --- Chemistry
Montedoro Whitney transmissometer with nephelometer --- Turbidity
Turner 110 Fluorometer --- Turbidity
Corer - piston --- Geology
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Northstar 6000 LORAN-C --- Navigation
Loran-A --- Navigation
3.5 kHz --- Sub Bottom Profiler
1978-024-FA-SE-002 ( microfilm of )
1978-024-FA-SE-001 ( Collection of paper record displays of seismic data( 3.5K) for lines )

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