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Field Activity Details for field activity 1999-009-FA

Other ID: MH31-99

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange moorings at two locations and collect sediment cores at two long-term monitoring stations. We will also measure oxygen profiles at the sediment stations.


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

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

Start Date: 1999-09-21

End Date: 1999-09-22

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: Recovered moorings #569-572. Deployed moorings #590-593. Moorings recovered: 4 (#569, 570, 571 and 572 all deployed FA 99008 MARCUS HANNA May 11-12, 1999). Moorings deployed: 4 (#590, 591 and 592, recovered FA 00002 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 15-16, 2000; #593 recovered FA 00048 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Mar. 28-29, 2000).

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Jessica M. Cote, Brian Flynn, Marinna Martini, Ellen Mecray, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Staff:
T. Elfers; Joanne Goudreau and Lary Ball - WHOI

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Jonathan Borden, Mike Bothner, Dann Blackwood, Jessica Cote, B. Flynn, Marinna Martini, Richard Rendigs, Michael Casso, T. Elfers, Ellen Mecray. Original Submitted By field contained: Mike Bothner; edited by J. Cote.
Project = Massachusetts Bay Long-Term Study, Massachusetts Bay Long-Term Study


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

North: 42.35 South: 42.15 West: -70.8 East: -70.6


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; May 1999 to September 1999; May 2000 to September 2000; and October 2001 to February 2002: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 97, 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
1999-009-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1999-009-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 591; 19990921-20000215)
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
DGPS --- Navigation
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1999-009-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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