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Field Activity Details for field activity 2002-046-FA

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Other ID: MH40-02

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 (geochemical), Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange moorings at the Boston B Buoy.


Start Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: USCG Base, Boston, MA

Start Date: 2002-10-22

End Date: 2002-10-25

Equipment Used: Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Benthic Chambers, DGPS, Slow corer, Bottom platform

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Sediment samples were collected at Stations 3 and 2. Moorings deployed: 4 (#696 recovered FA 03020 CONNECTICUT Mar. 29-21, 2003; #697 and 699 recovered FA 03031 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW May 21-23, 2003; #698 recovered FA 03028 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Apr. 23, 2003). Moorings recovered: 6 (#687 (NOPP) deployed FA 02044 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Apr. 8, 2002; #689, 690, 691 and 692 all deployed FA 02045 MARCUS HANNA May 21-22, 2002; #693A deployed FA 02056 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Sep. 19, 2002). Divers were not needed.

Staff: P. Soupy Alexander, Sandy Baldwin, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Brian Buczkowski, Michael Casso, Marinna Martini, Joseph S. Newell, Andree Ramsey, Richard Rendigs

Affiliate Staff:
Timothy McCobb (WRD Northborough); William Martin and Joanne Goudreau (WHOI Chemistry Dept.) - deployment of oxygen profiler and benthic chambers

Notes: Original Center People field contained: At sea: Patricia Soupy Alexander, Sandy Baldwin, Jonathan Borden*, Mike Bothner, Brian Buczkowski*, Michael Casso, Marinna Martini*, Timothy McCobb (WRD Northborough), Richard Rendigs, and Andree Ramsey*. Mob and de-mob: Joseph Newell*. Asterisk (*) denotes acct. 67013; otherwise acct. 67011.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment
Information from Foghorn: Oxygen profiler and benthic chambers provided by WHOI; Oxygen profiling in sediments;


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.08333 West: -70.8333 East: -70.63333


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., 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.

Martini, M., Butman, Bradford, and Mickelson, Michael J., 2007, Long-term performance of Aanderaa Optodes and Sea-Bird SBE-43 dissolved-oxygen sensors bottom mounted at 32 m in Massachusetts Bay: Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, v. 24 no. 11, 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 (geochemical)
DGPS --- Navigation
Slow corer --- Geology
2002-046-FA-SC-001 (CORE samples)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2002-046-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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