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Field Activity Details for field activity 1998-011-FA

Other ID: W26-98

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): Peter W. Gill

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Dissolved Oxygen, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange 2 instrumented moorings. Collect sediment cores at 2 stations. Deploy sediment-oxygen profiler at 2 stations. Collect water samples at the surface and bottom at the mooring site.


Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Start Date: 1998-02-10

End Date: 1998-02-10

Equipment Used: DGPS, Bottom platform, Camera- deep sea, Oxygen profiling system from Sayles

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: 2 (#516 and 517 recovered FA 98028 MARCUS HANNA Jun. 17-19, 1998). Moorings recovered: 2 (#507 and 508 deployed FA 97017 WHITE HEATH Sep. 23-24, 1997).

Staff: Michael Bothner, Peter W. Gill, Roger Hubbell, Marinna Martini, Shannon McDaniel, Joseph S. Newell, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Staff:
From WHOI: Scott Birdwistle
Tim Kenna; From Industry: David Fitzpatrick

Notes: This cruise is the 26th in a long-term study of the fate and transport of contaminants associated with treated sewage effluent from greater Boston. The new offshore outfall will be operational in the fall of 1998.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.15 West: -70.85 East: -70.5


photo of White Heath
White Heath


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:

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., 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, Version 1.0, DVD-ROM, URL:

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
Oxygen profiling system from Sayles --- Dissolved Oxygen
DGPS --- Navigation
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1998-011-FA-PH-002 ( DVD ROM disk of MASS BAY BOTHNER NOTEBOOKS, TRIPOD 516 BOSTON 1-225, TRIPOD 516 BOSTON 226-425, TRIPOD 516 BOSTON 426-620, TRIPOD 516 BOSTON 621-784, )
1998-011-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 516; 19980210-19980617)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1998-011-FA-OM-001 ( DVD ROM disk of MASS BAY BOTHNER NOTEBOOKS, TRIPOD 516 BOSTON 1-225, TRIPOD 516 BOSTON 226-425, TRIPOD 516 BOSTON 426-620, TRIPOD 516 BOSTON 621-784, )
1998-011-FA-OM-002 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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