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Field Activity Details for field activity 1997-035-FA

Other ID: none

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Bradford Butman

Affiliate Investigator(s): Canadian Hydrographic Service; University of New Brunswick

Information Specialist(s): William Danforth

Data Type(s): Sonar: Multibeam, Location-Elevation: Navigation

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Complete multibeam survey of Massachusetts Bay.


Start Port/Location: Gloucester, MA

End Port/Location: Gloucester, MA

Start Date: 1997-11-19

End Date: 1997-12-01

Equipment Used: DGPS, Simrad EM 1000

Information to be Derived: Bathymetric maps;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: 11/19/97 Gloucester; 11/20-24 survey Massachusetts Bay; 11/25-29 engine and weather; 11/30-12/1 survey Massachusetts Bay; 12/1 Gloucester. Cruise terminated due to engine and weather. Single multibeam transects from Massachusetts Bay to Woods Hole and Woods Hole to Montauk, Long Island.

Staff: Bradford Butman, William Danforth, Jessica Baker, Tanya Unger

Affiliate Staff:
John Hughes-Clark (UNB) - Setup and consultation on data acquisition and processing; Normand Doucet (CHS) - Hydrographer

Notes: Original Center People field contained: B. Butman (Chief Scientist), B. Danforth (leadership of data acquistion and processing), T. Unger (data acquistion and processing), J. Baker (data acquisition and processing).
Project = Stellwagen Bank NMS, Massachusetts Bay Experiment, Stellwagen Bank NMS, Massachusetts Bay Experiment


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

North: 42.58 South: 42.13 West: -70.91 East: -70.58


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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:

Pendleton, E.A., Baldwin, W.E., Barnhardt, W.A., Ackerman, S.D., Foster, D.S., Andrews, B.A., and Schwab, W.C., 2013, Shallow Geology, Sea-floor Texture, and Physiographic Provinces of the Inner Continental Shelf from Nahant to Northern Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts: U.S.Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1157, URL:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Simrad EM 1000 --- Multibeam
DGPS --- Navigation

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