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Field Activity Details for field activity 1989-035-FA

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Other ID: W1-89

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):

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To deploy an instrumented tripod, a subsurface mooring, and a near surface current meter from the Coast Guard's large navigation buoy at the approach to Boston Harbor. In addition, sediment samples will be collected with a Van Veen grab sampler at two locations near the proposed offshore outfall for Boston's sewage treatment plant. Objective is to begin long-term monitoring of currents, sediment transport, and physical/chemical characteristics of sediments in western Massachusetts Bay.


Start Port/Location: Coast Guard Support Center, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Coast Guard Support Center, Boston, MA

Start Date: 1989-12-05

End Date: 1989-12-06

Equipment Used: Sediment traps, Camera- deep sea, Loran-C, Bottom platform

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Grab samples: 8-10; Moorings deployed: 2 (#338 and 339 recovered FA 90002 WHITE HEATH Mar. 27-29, 1990).

Staff: Michael Bothner, Adam Brown, Bradford Butman, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
alternate: Ginger Fry

Notes: Major data recovery will occur when moorings are turned around in about 5 months. Information derived from pre-cruise report; no post cruise report found. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner, Brad Butman, Richard Rendigs, William Strahle, Adam Brown; alternate: Ginger Fry.


Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic,

North: 43 South: 41.25 West: -71.5 East: -69


photo of White Heath
White Heath


Bothner, M.H., and Butman, Bradford (eds.), 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.,

Butman, B., and Bothner, M.H., 1998, Predicting the long-term fate of sediments and contaminants in Massachusetts Bay: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 172-97,

Butman, B., Bothner, M.H., Alexander, P.S., Lightsom, F.L., Martini, M.A., Gutierrez, B.T., and Strahle, W.S., 2004, Long-term oceanographic observations in western Massachusetts Bay offshore of Boston, Massachusetts; data report for 1989-2002: U.S. Geological Survey Digital Data Series DDS-74, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM, URL:

Butman, B., Bothner, M.H., Hathaway, J.C., Jenter, H.L., Knebel, H.J., Manheim, F.T., and Signell, R.P., 1992, Contaminant transport and accumulation in Massachusetts Bay and Boston Harbor—A summary of U.S. Geological Survey studies: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-202,

Butman, B., Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Gutierrez, B.T., Hastings, M.E., Lightsom, F.L., Martini, M.A., Montgomery, E.T., Rendigs, R.R., and Strahle, W.S., 2009, Long-term oceanographic observations in Massachusetts Bay, 1989 - 2006 (version 3): U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 74,

Butman, B., Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., and Lang, W.N., 2008, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay, version 2, 1989 - 1996: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 265,

Warner, J.C., Butman, B., and Dalyander, P. S., 2008, Storm-driven sediment transport in Massachusetts Bay: Continental Shelf Research, v. 28 no. 2, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2007.08.008.

Warner, J.C., Sherwood, Christopher R., Signell, Richard P., Harris, Courtney K., and Arango, Hernan G., 2008, Development of a three-dimensional, regional, coupled wave, current, and sediment-transport model: Computers and Geosciences, v. 34 no. 10, doi: 10.1016/j.cageo.2008.02.012.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Sediment traps --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1989-035-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 338; 19891205-19900327)
Loran-C --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1989-035-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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