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Field Activity Details for field activity 1996-023-FA

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Other ID: W22-96

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s): Frederic L. Sayles - WHOI

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Current, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Visual Identification: Ground Truthing

Scientific Purpose/Goals: 22nd cruise monitoring currents, sediment transport, and physical/chemical characteristics of sediments in western Massachusetts Bay: Recover/redeploy standard tripod, small tripod - ADCP, suspended sediment sampler, hydraulically damped corer, Van Veen, video, O2 profiler.


Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Boston, MA

Start Date: 1996-10-01

End Date: 1996-10-02

Equipment Used: DGPS, ADCP, Sediment traps, Slow corer, Camera- deep sea, Mooring tripod

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 4 (#477, 478 and 480 recovered FA 97015 WHITE HEATH Feb. 11-13, 1997; and #479 recovered FA 97029 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW May 19, 1997). Moorings recovered: 2 (#468 and 470 deployed FA 96012 WHITE HEATH Jun. 11, 1996).

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

Affiliate Staff:
Ken Keay - MWRA
Fred Sayles and Joanne Goudreau - WHOI

Notes: Project = Pollution Transport in Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay, Pollution Transport in Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay


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., Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., and Lange, W.N., 2008, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay, 1996 - 2005: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 266,

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
DGPS --- Navigation
ADCP --- Current
1996-023-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)
Sediment traps --- Geology
Slow corer --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1996-023-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 480; 19961001-19970212)
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing

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