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Field Activity Details for field activity 1990-041-FA

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Other ID: W4-90

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: Conduct long-term monitoring of currents, sediment transport, and physical/chemical characteristics of sediments in western Massachusetts Bay. Exchange tripod, subsurface mooring and near-surface current meter.


Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Start Date: 1990-10-23

End Date: 1990-10-24

Equipment Used: Slow corer, Van Veen grab sampler, Gravity corer, Sediment traps, Loran-C, Camera- deep sea, Raytheon radar, Bottom platform

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 2 (#358 and 359, recovered FA 91005 WHITE HEATH Feb. 12-13, 1991). Moorings recovered: 2 (#347 and 348 deployed FA 90016 WHITE HEATH Jul. 10-11, 1990).

Staff: Michael Bothner, Adam Brown, Bradford Butman, Frances Lightsom, Marinna Martini, Magela Moffett, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
MWRA representative

Notes: NO CRUISE REPORT, only detailed pre-cruise report available. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner, Adam Brown, Brad Butman, Fran Hotchkiss, Marinna Martini, Carol Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William Strahle, Magela Moffett.
Information from Foghorn: Hydraulically damped corer, Van Veen grab, gravity corer, time-series sediment trap, suspended matter sampler, 8 tube traps, 1 Anderson trap mounted on a subsurface mooring, tripod and near-surface current meter.;


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

North: 42.39650226 South: 42.37274944 West: -70.83698499 East: -70.77518805


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,

Hotchkiss, F.S., and Signell, R.P., 1991, Average near-bottom currents in Massachusetts Bay and Cape Cod Bay measured with Woodhead drifters; progress report for drifters released Sept. 1990 through May 1991: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File-Report 91-361, 14 p., 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.


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Pre-cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's pre-cruise report including personnel, purpose, work plan, equipment, and data to be collected.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Slow corer --- Geology
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Gravity corer --- Geology
1990-041-FA-SC-001 (CORE, TRAP samples)
Sediment traps --- Geology
Loran-C --- Navigation
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1990-041-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 358; 19901024-19910221)
Raytheon radar --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1990-041-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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