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Field Activity Details for field activity 1992-026-FA

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Other ID: W10-92

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, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Recover tripod #400 and moorings #401 and 402, and deploy tripod #407 and surface mooring and near surface current meter #408 at LNB Boston. Collect sediment samples with hydraulically damped corer and Van Veen grab sampler.


Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Start Date: 1992-10-20

End Date: 1992-10-21

Equipment Used: Slow corer, DGPS, Van Veen grab sampler, Sediment traps, Camera- deep sea, Bottom platform

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 3 (#400 and 401, both deployed FA 92008 WHITE HEATH Jun. 2, 1992, and #402 deployed FA 92032 WHITE HEATH Jun. 15-16, 1992). Moorings deployed: 2 (#407 and 408, both recovered FA 93002 WHITE HEATH Feb. 17-18, 1993; part of #408 recovered FA 93003 ASTERIAS Feb. 25-26, 1993).

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

Affiliate Staff:
Beth Gier
Craig Peters; MWRA - Wendy Smith?
Peter Ralston

Notes: Information derived from pre-field activity report and mooring log. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner, Beth Gier, Joan Brazier, Marinna Martini, Carol Parmenter, Craig Peters, Richard Rendigs, William Strahle.
Information from Foghorn: hydraulically damped corer, Van Veen grab sampler, time-series sediment trap/suspended matter sampler, 8 tube traps, 1 Anderson trap;


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.3 West: -70.8 East: -70.75


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
Slow corer --- Geology
DGPS --- Navigation
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Sediment traps --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1992-026-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 407; 19921020-19930218)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1992-026-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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