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Field Activity Details for field activity 2001-024-FA

Other ID: MH37-01; IB H-1-01-MY

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): Michael Casso, Frances Lightsom

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange moorings off Boston. Collect sediment cores and deploy oxygen profiler at Stations 2 and 3 near the Massachusetts Bay outfall. Deploy benthic chambers at Station 3. (Scituate moorings will be exchanged using the CHRISTOPHER ANDREW.)


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

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

Start Date: 2001-10-23

End Date: 2001-10-23

Equipment Used: DGPS, Bottom platform, Corer - piston, Mooring tripod, Benthic Chambers, Camera- deep sea, Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Digital camera

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: USGS divers (Dann Blackwood and Charles Worley) recovered tripod at station LNB - release fouled. Cores collected only at Station 3. No moorings recovered/deployed at Scituate on this cruise. No benthic chambers were deployed. The minipod and subsurface moorings were recovered/deployed at Scituate on 10-29-01 from the CHRISTOPHER ANDREW. Moorings recovered: 2 (#644 and 645 both deployed FA 01023 MARCUS HANNA May 23-24, 2001). Moorings deployed: 2 (#664 and 665 both recovered FA 02026 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 5-6, 2002).

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Sarah Fuller, Frances Lightsom, Joseph S. Newell, Richard Rendigs, Flavia Wood

Affiliate Staff:
Amy Partridge (Dartmouth College); Joanne Goudreau and Bill Martin (WHOI)

Notes: Original Center People field contained: At sea: Jonathan Borden*, Mike Bothner, Dann Blackwood, Michael Casso, Sarah Fuller*, Frances Lightsom*, Richard Rendigs, Flavia Wood. Mob and demob: Joseph Newell*. Asterisk (*) denotes acct. 67013; otherwise acct. 67011.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.1 West: -70.83 East: -70


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
Benthic Chambers --- Experiments
Oxygen profiling system from Sayles --- Dissolved Oxygen
DGPS --- Navigation
Mooring tripod --- Ground Truthing
Corer - piston --- Geology
2001-024-FA-SC-001 ( CORE samples)
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
2001-024-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 665; 20011023-20020206)
Digital camera --- Photo
2001-024-FA-PH-003 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2001-024-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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