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Field Activity Details for field activity 1998-031-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): Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Information Specialist(s): Bradford Butman

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sonar: Single Beam, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Deploy moorings in Massachusetts Bay for internal wave experiment. Conduct hydrographic survey.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Sandwich, MA

Start Date: 1998-08-03

End Date: 1998-08-07

Equipment Used: DGPS, Bottom platform, Mooring tripod, Camera- deep sea, Simrad EC - 810 echo sounder

Information to be Derived: Time series data;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Instruments deployed at 3 sites in Massachusetts Bay - Station A: 1 surface buoy; Station B: 4 surface buoys, 2 subsurface moorings, 1 tripod; Station C: 1 surface buoy, 1 subsurface mooring, 1 tripod. Moorings deployed: 7 (#533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538 and 539 all recovered FA 98032 ARGO MAINE Aug. 30 - Sep. 1, 1998).

Staff: Jonathan Borden, Bradford Butman

Affiliate Staff:
WHOI: Steve Anderson
Rick Trask
Will Ostrom
Brian Way
Jason Gobat
Mark Grosenbaugh

Notes: Project = Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Mapping, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Mapping


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

North: 42.4167 South: 42.1667 West: -70.6667 East: -70.25


photo of Argo Maine
Argo Maine


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., Alexander, P.S., Anderson, S.P., Lightsom, F.L., Scotti, A., and Beardsley, R.C., 2006, The Massachusetts Bay internal wave experiment, August 1998; data report: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 85, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM, URL:

Scotti, A., Beardsley, R.C., Butman, B., and Pineda, J., 2008, Shoaling of nonlinear internal waves in Massachusetts Bay: Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, v. 113 no. C08031, doi: 10.1029/2008JC004726.

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
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Simrad EC - 810 echo sounder --- Single Beam
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1998-031-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 535; 19980804-?)
1998-031-FA-PH-002 ( DVD ROM disk of TRIPOD 535 STELLWAGEN 1-231, TRIPOD 535 STELLWAGEN 232-466, TRIPOD 535 STELLWAGEN 466-670, TRIPOD 535 STELLWAGEN 671-698, )
DGPS --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1998-031-FA-OM-001 ( DVD ROM disk of TRIPOD 535 STELLWAGEN 1-231, TRIPOD 535 STELLWAGEN 232-466, TRIPOD 535 STELLWAGEN 466-670, TRIPOD 535 STELLWAGEN 671-698, )
1998-031-FA-OM-002 ( Mass Bay IWAVE mooring data)

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