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Field Activity Details for field activity 2002-026-FA

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Other ID: MH38-02

Status: Completed

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

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): Michael Bothner

Affiliate Investigator(s): Joanne Goudreau, William Martin - WHOI

Information Specialist(s): Frances Lightsom

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange moored instruments and collect sediment samples at the USGS long-term stations near Buoy B in Massachusetts Bay and offshore of Scituate.


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

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

Start Date: 2002-02-05

End Date: 2002-02-06

Equipment Used: Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Benthic Chambers, Slow corer, Camera- deep sea, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 5 (#649 deployed FA 01013 MARCUS HANNA May 23, 2001, recovered and redeployed FA 01068 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Aug. 16, 2001, recovered FA 02026 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 5-6, 2002; #664 and 665 both deployed FA 01024 MARCUS HANNA Oct. 23, 2001; #666 and 667 both deployed FA 01080 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Oct. 26-30, 2001). Moorings deployed: 5 (#682, 683, 684, 685 and 686, all recovered FA 02045 MARCUS HANNA May 21-22, 2002).

Staff: Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Sarah Fuller, Marinna Martini, Joseph S. Newell, Richard Rendigs, Joanne Sedlock, Flavia Wood, Charles Worley

Affiliate Staff:
William Martin and Joanne Goudreau from WHOI who will deploy the oxygen profiler on the 2nd day of the cruise.

Notes: Chuck Worley and Dann Blackwood are designated to dive if the large tripod is not recovered in the normal way. Extra cores collected at Station 3 for WHOI processing at the Coast Guard dock. Problem with the bottom sealing mechanism (cheese slicer) on the slow corer. Original Center People field contained: Scientists at sea: Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden*, Mike Bothner, Michael Casso, Sarah Fuller*, Marinna Martini*, Richard Rendigs, Joanne Sedlock*, Flavia Wood, Charles Worley*. Mob and demobe: Joseph Newell*. Asterisk (*) denotes acct. 67013; otherwise acct. 67011.
Project = Massachusetts Bay Experiment, Massachusetts Bay Experiment


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

North: 42.39900947 South: 41.98694244 West: -70.84517248 East: -69.98262125


photo of Marcus Hanna
Marcus Hanna


Bothner, M.H., and Butman, Bradford (eds.), 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.,

Bothner, M.H., Butman, B., and Casso, M.A., 2010, Review of oceanographic and geochemical data collected in Massachusetts Bay during a large discharge of total suspended solids from Boston’s sewage-treatment system and ocean outfall in August 2002: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010–1050, 11 p., at

Butman, B., Alexander, P.S., and Bothner, M.H., 2004, Time-Series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay—May to September 1999; May to September 2000; and October 2001 to February 2002: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 97,

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., Borden, J., Casso, M.A., Gutierrez, B.T., Hastings, M.E., Lightsom, F.L., Martini, M.A., Montgomery, E.T., Rendigs, R.R., and Strahle, W.S., 2009, Long-term oceanographic observations in Massachusetts Bay, 1989 - 2006 (version 3): U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 74,

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,

Kalnejais, L.H., Martin, William R., Signell, Richard P., and Bothner, Michael H., 2007, Role of sediment resuspension in the remobilization of particulate-phase metals from coastal sediments: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 41 no. 7, doi: 10.1021/es061770z.

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 (geochemical)
Slow corer --- Geology
2002-026-FA-SC-001 (CORE samples)
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
2002-026-FA-PH-001 (Deck photos of field activity operations)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2002-026-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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