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Field Activity Details for field activity 2000-004-FA

Other ID: MH34-00; IB H-4-00-MY

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s): William Martin - WHOI

Information Specialist(s): Michael Casso, Frances Lightsom

Data Type(s): Environmental Data: Dissolved Oxygen, Geochemical: Experiments, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Three day trips were completed. Day 1: Exchanged moorings off Boston and Scituate. Day 2: Collected sediment cores with the new hydraulically damped corer at Stations 2, 3 and 3b (near the benthic chamber deployment site). Deployed and recovered oxygen profiler - 2 times at Station 3 and once at Station 2. Recovered one benthic chamber by SCUBA divers. The second chamber was not found. Day 3: An attempt was made to recover the lost slow corer from location east of Stellwagen Bank at 200 m water depth. A three grapling hook assembly (on an 8-foot spreader) was used with a camera attached to the middle hook. Dann Blackwood arranged 6 submersible flashlights on the central hook which did a good job illuminating to the side and bottom. The whole assemblage was lowered on half-inch tenex rope (breaking strength about 11,000 lbs). Approximately 2 hours were spent on and around the last known position of the core. It was not seen in the camera, nor was it hooked during the dragging operation.


Start Port/Location: Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Portland, ME

Start Date: 2000-09-26

End Date: 2000-09-28

Equipment Used: Bottom platform, Corer - piston, Grab sampler - Van Veen , Mooring tripod, Benthic Chambers, Camera- deep sea, Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Digital camera, Osprey camera system

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Lary Ball was the lead diver. Richard Rendigs and Dann Blackwood also made a dive to recover the second benthic chamber. The marker float for this chamber was missing when we arrived on station. A second marker float drifted between the time of initial confirmation of the chamber location (based on the diver-held acoustic range finder) and the actual dive. As a result, the chamber was not recovered. Moorings recovered: 4 (#624, 625, 626 and 627, all deployed FA 00003 MARCUS HANNA May 9-10, 2000). Moorings deployed: 5 (#630, 631, 632 and 634, all deployed FA 01022 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 13-14, 2001; #633 recovered FA 01051 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Mar. 20, 2001).

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Roger Hubbell, Marinna Martini, Jenna Munson, Joseph S. Newell, Andree Ramsey, Richard Rendigs, David Walsh

Affiliate Staff:
Scientists and divers from WHOI: William Martin
Joanne Goudreau. Divers: Lary Ball
Thomas Bolmer
Ellen Montgomery
Jay Sisson.

Notes: Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.1 West: -70.83 East: -70.75


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
Benthic Chambers --- Experiments
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Corer - piston --- Geology
2000-004-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Grab sampler - Van Veen --- Geology
Osprey camera system --- Photo
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
2000-004-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 632; 20000926-20010213)
Digital camera --- Photo
2000-004-FA-PH-002 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2000-004-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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