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Field Activity Details for field activity 1987-005-FA

Other ID: OC181, Leg 1

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): Imagery: Photo, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The OCEANUS cruise was part of a continuing study of the hydrography, circulation and sediment transport in the Gulf of Maine. The specific objectives of the cruise were to: 1) Conduct a detailed hydrographic survey of the Gulf of Maine; 2) Recover 2 moorings in the Northeast Channel; 3) Deploy 1 subsurface mooring in Rodgers Pass; and 4) Deploy instrumentation (3 tripods, 1 subsurface mooring and 3 surface buoys) in Massachusetts Bay.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Portsmouth, NH

Start Date: 1987-02-05

End Date: 1987-02-15

Equipment Used: Camera- deep sea, Grab sampler, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived: Time series data; Suspended sediment concentrations;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 7 (#317, 318, and 319 recovered FA 87011 MARY LOUISE Apr. 8-10, 1987; #320, 321, and 322, recovered FA 87020 WHITE HEATH May 12, 1987; and #323 recovered this cruise. Moorings recovered: 4 (#323 deployed this cruise; UNH buoy adrift - recovered lower half; Brookhaven instrument package; surface buoy N1). Non-responsive mooring: 1 (#314 deployed FA 86017 GYRE Aug. 21 - Sep. 2, 1986). CTD stations: 95; Suspended sediment samples: 282; Oxygen samples: 92.

Staff: Bradford Butman, Mary E. Hastings, John Moody, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
Wendell Brown (UNH); Karen Garrison (UNH); Daniel Howard (UNH); Charlie Flagg (Brookhaven Nat'l Lab); William Behrens (Brookhaven Nat'l Lab); Andrew Eliason (Eliason Data Services); Dana Wiese (WHOI)

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Brad Butman (Ch. Sci.), John Moody, Richard Rendigs, Mary Polly Shoukimas, William Strahle.


Rodgers Pass, Wilkinson Basin, Jordan Basin, Northeast Channel, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, Gulf of Maine, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 43.5 South: 41.2 West: -71 East: -65.5


photo of Oceanus


Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187,

Moody, J.A., Butman, B., Shoukimas, P., Donoghue, T.G., 1990, Hydrography of the Gulf of Maine and Massachusetts Bay, Data Report for R/V OCEANUS cruise 181, 5-15 February 1987: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 90-350,


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's cruise report including objectives, personnel, summary, daily narrative, tabulated information, trackmap, table of hydrographic station locations, meteorological observations, and navigation log.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1987-005-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 319; 19870207-19870400)
Grab sampler --- Biology
1987-005-FA-SC-001 (GRAB, TRAP samples)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1987-005-FA-OM-001 (Mass Bay - West mooring data)

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