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Field Activity Details for field activity 1995-017-FA

Other ID: W17-95

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: 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. This cruise will be the 17th in a 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. Time-series sediment traps and a remotely operated suspended matter sampler will be deployed on the subsurface mooring.


Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Start Date: 1995-02-14

End Date: 1995-02-15

Equipment Used: DGPS, Bottom platform, Corer - piston, Sediment traps, Camera- deep sea, Osprey camera system

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#445 and 446 deployed FA 94015 WHITE HEATH Oct. 4-5, 1994). Moorings deployed: 3 (#450, 451 and 452, all recovered FA 95032 WHITE HEATH Jun. 13-14, 1995).

Staff: Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Peter W. Gill, Marinna Martini, Joseph S. Newell, Richard Rendigs, William J. Strahle, Brenton B. Taylor

Affiliate Staff:
Wendy Leo (MWRA - Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling)
Fred Sayles (WHOI - Sediment sampling and subsampling)
Joanne Goudreau (WHOI - Sediment sampling and subsampling)
Steve Smith (WHOI - Sediment sampling and subsampling)

Notes: Information derived from pre-cruise report and mooring logs; no post-field activity report found. Original Center People field contained: Mike Bothner (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling), Michael Casso (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling), Peter Gill (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling), Marinna Martini (Recovery and Deployment), Joseph Newell (Recovery and Deployment), Richard Rendigs (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling), William Strahle (Recovery and Deployment), Brenton Taylor (Recovery and Deployment; Sediment sampling and subsampling).


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

North: 43 South: 42.25 West: -70.8 East: -70.75


photo of White Heath
White Heath


Bothner, M.H., Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., Baldwin, S.M., Blackwood, D.S., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Crusius, J., Goudreau, J., Kalnejais, L.H., Lamothe, P.J., Martin, W.R., Martini, M.A., Rendigs, R.R., Sayles, F.L., Signell, R.P., Valentine, P.C., and Warner, J.C., 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., URL:

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., 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, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM, 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.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Sediment traps --- Geology
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - piston --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1995-017-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 450; 19950214-19950613)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1995-017-FA-OM-001 ( Western MAss Bay mooring data)

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