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Field Activity Details for field activity 1992-008-FA

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Other ID: W9-92

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, 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. LNB Buoy: 42d22.63N, 70d47.07W. Tripod 396. LNB Buoy: 42d22.61N, 70d46.96W. Subsurface Moorings 3971 and 3972 (2 VMCM, Seacat). LNB Buoy: 42d22.63N, 70d47.07W. Tripod 4001. LNB Buoy: 42d22.6092N, 70d46.9614W. Subsurface 4011 and 4012 (2 VMCM, 3 Seacat).


Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Start Date: 1992-06-02

End Date: 1992-06-02

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

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#396 and 397 deployed FA 92002 WHITE HEATH Feb. 11-12, 1992). Moorings deployed: 2 (#400 and 401 recovered FA 92026 WHITE HEATH Oct. 20-21, 1992).

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

Affiliate Staff:
Craig Peters

Notes: Currents and sediment transport measurements will be made with moored equipment. Information derived from pre-field activity report and mooring log. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner, Marinna Martini, Chuck Mason, Carol Parmenter, Craig Peters, Richard Rendigs, William Strahle.


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.3 West: -70.8 East: -70.7


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., 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., 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
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1992-008-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 400; 19920602-19921020)
Sediment traps --- Geology
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1992-008-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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