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Field Activity Details for field activity 1995-017-FA

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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: Slow corer, Sediment traps, DGPS, Osprey camera system, Camera- deep sea, Bottom platform

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).
Information from Foghorn: Damped corer;Osprey video camera system;Anderson trap;Upright refrigerator;


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., 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
Sediment traps --- Geology
DGPS --- Navigation
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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