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Field Activity Details for field activity 1999-007-FA

Other ID: MH29-99

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): Frances Lightsom

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange moorings at two locations and collect sediment cores at two long-term monitoring stations. We made measurements of oxygen profiles at the sediment stations. Water samples were collected for total suspended matter measurements at the surface and bottom at Station 3.


Start Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: U.S. Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

Start Date: 1999-02-10

End Date: 1999-02-11

Equipment Used: DGPS, Bottom platform, Corer - piston, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Mooring tripod, Camera- deep sea, Oxygen profiling system from Sayles

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Divers were not needed. All moorings were recovered without incident. K. von der Heydt tested the radio modem from the ship to a tower near Marshfield. Moorings recovered: 4 (#540, 541, 542 and 543 all deployed FA 98044 MARCUS HANNA Sep. 30 - Oct. 1, 1998). Moorings deployed: 4 (#551, 552 and 553, all recovered FA 99008 MARCUS HANNA May 11-12, 1999; #554 recovered FA 99040 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW May 26, 1999).

Staff: Alex Robinson, Richard Rendigs, Marinna Martini, Roger Hubbell, Peter W. Gill, Brian Flynn, Jessica M. Cote, Bradford Butman, Michael Bothner, Jonathan Borden, Dann Blackwood

Affiliate Staff:
Day 1: Lary Ball and Keith von der Heydt (WHOI). Day 2: Joanne Goudreau (WHOI).

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Day 1: Jonathan Borden, Mike Bothner, Dann Blackwood, Brad Butman, Jessica Cote, B. Flynn, Peter Gill, Marinna Martini, Richard Rendigs, Alex Robinson. Day 2: Mike Bothner, Dann Blackwood, B. Flynn, Peter Gill, Roger Hubbell, Richard Rendigs, Alex Robinson.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment


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

North: 42.56762087 South: 42.22333876 West: -71.0294 East: -70.51983643


photo of Marcus Hanna
Marcus Hanna


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:

Buczkowski, B.J., and Kelsey, S.A., 2007, Archival policies and collections database for the Woods Hole Science Center's marine sediment samples: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1187, CD-ROM, URL:

Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., and Bothner, M.H., 2004, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay; June 1998 to May 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 96, DVD-ROM, 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
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Corer - piston --- Geology
1999-007-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1999-007-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 552; 19990210-19990511)
1999-007-FA-PH-002 ( DVD ROM disk of MASS BAY BOTHNER NOTEBOOKS, TRIPOD 552 BOSTON 1-190, TRIPOD 552 BOSTON 191-377, TRIPOD 552 BOSTON 378-520, )
DGPS --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1999-007-FA-OM-001 ( DVD ROM disk of MASS BAY BOTHNER NOTEBOOKS, TRIPOD 552 BOSTON 1-190, TRIPOD 552 BOSTON 191-377, TRIPOD 552 BOSTON 378-520, )
1999-007-FA-OM-002 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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