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Field Activity Details for field activity 1978-035-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Temperature, Imagery: Photo, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Replace bottom tripod system (#157) deployed on ATLANTIS II 103 (FA 78031) suspected of malfunctioning; deploy additional surface marker buoy at station for additional protection from bottom trawling; attempt to recover by grappling subsurface current mooring #162. (Trawler OCEAN STATE from Pt. Judith, RI fished up entire mooring. Flotation was returned but 1 VACM-TR and release dropped to bottom when chain parted.)


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1978-10-30

End Date: 1978-11-02

Equipment Used: XBT, Camera- deep sea, Bottom platform

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Unable to recover Mooring #162 with grapple; instruments slipped from wire twice in rough seas; recovered small marker float only. Mooring recovered: 1 (#157 deployed FA 78031 ATLANTIS II Sep. 28 - Oct. 5, 1978). Moorings deployed: 2 (#166 and 167, recovered FA 79002 OCEANUS 56 Mar. 6-15, 1979). XBT stations: 4; Surface salinity samples: 4.

Staff: Bradford Butman

Affiliate Staff:
Nicholas (Nick) Lefteriou; Andrew Eliason - Eliason Data Services

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Brad Butman - Ch. Sci.; Nicholas (Nick) Lefteriou.


continental shelf south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 40.51809078 South: 40.47376553 West: -70.53720853 East: -70.48125036


photo of Whitefoot



Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's report of personnel, objectives, and daily narrative. Includes map of of tripod and current mooring deployments.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
XBT --- Temperature
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1978-035-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 166; 19781031-19790306)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1978-035-FA-OM-001 (Georges Bank Sediment mooring data)

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