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Field Activity Details for field activity 1990-016-FA

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Other ID: W3-90; WTHT90-2

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, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography), Visual Identification: Submersible Observations

Scientific Purpose/Goals: The objective of the program is to make long-term measurements of currents and sediment transport in the vicinity of the proposed ocean outfall in Massachusetts Bay. The purpose of this cruise was to recover and redeploy the instrumented moorings. Samples of bottom sediments are collected on each cruise required to service the instruments. This was the third in a series of 6 cruises during the two year period of the present Joint Funding Agreement between the MA Water Resources Authority and the USGS.


Start Port/Location: Boston Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Boston Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

Start Date: 1990-07-10

End Date: 1990-07-11

Equipment Used: Slow corer, Van Veen grab sampler, Gravity corer, Video camera - deep sea, Loran-C, Camera- deep sea, Sextant, Bottom platform, Submersible Observation

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 2 (#347 and 348 recovered FA 90041 WHITE HEATH Oct. 23-24, 1990). Moorings recovered: 2 (#340 and 341 deployed FA 90002 WHITE HEATH Mar. 27-29, 1990) .

Staff: Michael Bothner, Adam Brown, Marinna Martini, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
Andrea Barbanti - mooring work
sampling; Donald Harrison - sampling

Notes: Information derived from cruise report and mooring log. Moorings deployed on March 28, 1990, were recovered on this cruise and replaced with new moorings. Original Center People field contained: Andrea Barbanti - mooring work, sampling; Mike Bothner - mooring work, sampling; Adam Brown - mooring work, sampling; Marinna Martini - mooring work; Carol Parmenter - mooring work, sampling; Richard Rendigs - mooring work, sampling; William Strahle - mooring work; Donald Harrison - sampling.
Project = Circulation, Pollutant Transport Studies off MA Coast, Circulation, Pollutant Transport Studies off MA Coast
Information from Foghorn: Butman Tripod, subsurface array, VMCM LNB;Van Veen grab sampler;hydraulically damped gravity corer;conventional gravity corer;television camera;


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

North: 42.37987881 South: 42.3633644 West: -70.79221627 East: -70.76762483


photo of White Heath
White Heath


Bothner, M.H., Buchholtz ten Brink, M.R., Butman, B., Knebel, H.J., Manheim, F.T., and Signell, R.P., 1994, Circulation and contaminant transport in Massachusetts coastal waters—A summary of achievements and future plans: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-649,

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
Slow corer --- Geology
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Gravity corer --- Geology
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Loran-C --- Navigation
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1990-016-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 347; 19900710-19901024)
Sextant --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1990-016-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)
Submersible Observation --- Submersible Observations
1990-016-FA-NL-002 (Audio tape tape for sub dive )

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