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Field Activity Details for field activity 1997-015-FA

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Other ID: W23-97

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.


Start Port/Location: Boston Harbor, MA

End Port/Location: Boston Harbor, MA

Start Date: 1997-02-11

End Date: 1997-02-13

Equipment Used: DGPS, Van Veen grab sampler, Osprey camera system, Sediment traps, Slow corer, Camera- deep sea, Bottom platform

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: R. Rendigs, D. Blackwood (USGS divers) and S. Cross (WHOI) attached a retrieval line to the large tripod which would not release at site LNB. Hydraulically damped cores: 8 (4 each, Stations 2 and 3). Moorings recovered: 3 (#477, 478 and 480 deployed FA 96023 WHITE HEATH Oct. 1-2, 1996). Moorings deployed: 2 (#495 and 496 recovered FA 97016 WHITE HEATH Jun. 10, 1997).

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Michael Bothner, Peter W. Gill, Marinna Martini, Shannon McDaniel, Andrew McIntire, Richard Rendigs, Brenton B. Taylor

Affiliate Staff:
Steven Cross - dive consultant; David Fitzpatrick - McLane Lab



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

North: 42.45 South: 42.35 West: -70.9 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., and Bothner, M.H., 1998, Predicting the long-term fate of sediments and contaminants in Massachusetts Bay: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 172-97,

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

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
1997-015-FA-LN-001 (Area map depicting long-term mooring and sample locations, Boston Harbor, MA. )
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Sediment traps --- Geology
Slow corer --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1997-015-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 495; 19970212-19970610)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1997-015-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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