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Field Activity Details for field activity 1996-012-FA

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Other ID: W21-96

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner, William J. Strahle

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: 21st USGS-MWRA-USCG long-term currents, sediment transport, physical/chemical sediment characteristics monitoring: recover moorings #465 and 466; deploy moorings #468, 469 and 470.


Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Start Date: 1996-06-11

End Date: 1996-06-11

Equipment Used: Slow corer, DGPS, Van Veen grab sampler, Osprey camera system, 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 (#465 and 466 deployed FA 96007 WHITE HEATH Feb. 14-15, 1996). Moorings deployed: 3 (#468, 469 and 470 recovered FA 96023 WHITE HEATH Oct. 1, 1996). Sampling and coring rescheduled to July 9, 1996, with Ken Keay - MWRA (see FA 96049).

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

Affiliate Staff:
Peter Clay
Doug Dooner - Mooring Systems; Robert Catalano - Benthos

Notes: Sampling and coring rescheduled to July 9, 1996, with Ken Keay - MWRA. Original Submitted By field contained: Mike Bothner/Marinna Martini.
Information from Foghorn: hydraulically damped corer, Van Veen grab sampler, Osprey video, time-series sed trap, McLean suspended- matter sampler, 8 tube and 1 Anderson traps, refrigerator;


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

North: 42.4 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,

Butman, B., Evans, J., Lange, W.N., and Polloni, C.F., 1999, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay—June - October 1996: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 98-797,

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
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1996-012-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 470; 19960611-19961002)
Sediment traps --- Geology
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1996-012-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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