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Field Activity Details for field activity 1994-022-FA

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Other ID: W15-94

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): Environmental Data: Current, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: To recover/redeploy BASS and ADCP tripods and to collect sediment samples with the hydraulically damped corer and a Van Veen grab sampler at 4 stations.


Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Start Date: 1994-06-07

End Date: 1994-06-08

Equipment Used: Slow corer, DGPS, ADCP, Van Veen grab sampler, Camera- deep sea, Loran-C, 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 recovered: 3 (#430 and 431 both deployed WHITE HEATH FA 94040 Feb. 15-17, 1994; and #438 deployed WHITE HEATH FA 94035 Apr. 4, 1994). Moorings deployed: 2 (#440 and 441 recovered FA 94015 WHITE HEATH Oct. 4-5, 1994). Cores and grabs from Station 2 and Station 3.

Staff: Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Carrie Friedman, Peter W. Gill, Marinna Martini, Joseph S. Newell, Carol M. Parmenter, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
Eric Brooks - NAGT; Rob Wheatcroft
Jerry Fries - WHOI; Wendy Leo
Peter Ralston - MWRA

Notes: Project = Circ. and Pollutant Transport in MA Coastal Waters, Circ. and Pollutant Transport in MA Coastal Waters
Information from Foghorn: BASS tripod/subsurface mooring, ADCP tripod, hydraulically damped corer and Van Veen grab sampler;LNB Boston: 42d22.54N, 70d47.22W. Tripod 4301 (Midas). LNB Boston: 42d22.44N, 70d56.97W. Subsurface Mooring 4312 (VMCM). LNB Boston: 42d22.50N, 70d47.10W. Tripod 4381 (ADCP).;


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.35 West: -70.8 East: -70.75


photo of White Heath
White Heath


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.


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's report including personnel, purpose, cruise description, location map, schematic of deployment, tabulated information and narrative, sample locations.

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Slow corer --- Geology
DGPS --- Navigation
ADCP --- Current
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1994-022-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 440; 19940607-19941004)
Loran-C --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1994-022-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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