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Field Activity Details for field activity 1991-005-FA

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Other ID: W5-91

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: This cruise will be the fifth in the two year program jointly funded by the USGS and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The U.S. Coast Guard is generously providing ship time and at-sea support. The objective of the program is to conduct long-term monitoring of currents, sediment transport, and physical/chemical characteristics of sediments in western Massachusetts Bay.


Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Start Date: 1991-02-12

End Date: 1991-02-13

Equipment Used: Slow corer, Van Veen grab sampler, Box corer, Camera- deep sea, Loran-C, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#358 and 359, both deployed FA 90041 WHITE HEATH Oct. 23-24, 1990). Moorings deployed: 2 (#374 and 375, both recovered FA 91016 WHITE HEATH June 11-12, 1991).

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

Affiliate Staff:
Stacey Kim - WHOI
Mike Michelson - MWRA

Notes: Information derived from pre-cruise report and mooring log; no post-cruise information was available.
Information from Foghorn: Mooring gear,the hydraulically damped corer, a teflon coated Van Veen grab sampler, and a box core will be used to collect bottom sediments. Currents and sediment transport measurements will be made with Butmans upgraded moored equipment. A time-series sediment trap and a remotely operated suspended matter sampler (both made by Mclean Associates) will be deployed on the subsurface mooring. Eight tube traps and 1 Anderson trap will be attached to the moorings. LORAN-C navigation and triangulation from known points on land will be provided by the WHITE HEATH.;


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

North: 42.38407752 South: 42.35922044 West: -70.80124254 East: -70.76248279


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., Sherwood, C.R., and Dalyander, P.S., 2008, Northeast storms ranked by wind stress and wave-generated bottom stress observed in Massachusetts Bay, 1990-2006: Continental Shelf Research, v. 28 no. 10-11, doi: 10.1016/j.csr.2008.02.010.

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
Box corer --- Biology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1991-005-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 374; 19910212-19910611)
Loran-C --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1991-005-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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