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Field Activity Details for field activity 1989-035-FA

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: Bottom platform, Mooring tripod, Sediment traps, Camera- deep sea, Loran-C

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., Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., Baldwin, S.M., Blackwood, D.S., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Crusius, J., Goudreau, J., Kalnejais, L.H., Lamothe, P.J., Martin, W.R., Martini, M.A., Rendigs, R.R., Sayles, F.L., Signell, R.P., Valentine, P.C., and Warner, J.C., 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., URL:

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., 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, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM, URL:

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
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
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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