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Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-034-FA

Other ID: MH42-03

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

Data Type(s): Visual Identification: Species ID, Sampling: Geology, Sampling: Biology, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Video, Imagery: Photo, Biological Field Study: Surveys, Biological Field Study: Experiments

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Collect sediment cores at two long-term monitoring stations in Massachusetts Bay near the outfall for Boston's treated sewage.


Start Port/Location: Scituate Harbor, MA

End Port/Location: Scituate Harbor, MA

Start Date: 2003-06-12

End Date: 2003-06-12

Equipment Used: DGPS, Corer - slow, SeaBOSS, Digital camera

Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: The CHRISTOPHER ANDREW was a fine platform to do this work on a perfectly flat sea. Five good cores were collected at Station 3. One of these collected for Linda Kalnejais for her erosion experiment. Only two cores were collected at Station 2 because of a malfunction of the bottom closure mechanism. It did not snap into place immediately after pullout, allowing the sand to fall out of the core barrel.

Staff: Dirk Koopmans, John Crusius, Michael Casso, Michael Bothner, Dann Blackwood, Sandy Baldwin

Affiliate Staff:

Notes: Original Center People field contained: S. Baldwin, D. Blackwood, Mike Bothner, M. Casso, J. Crusius, and D. Koopmans: all sea-going scientists.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment


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

North: 42.40682272 South: 42.34732339 West: -70.8426 East: -70.78737793


photo of Christopher Andrew
Christopher Andrew


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:

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.


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
SeaBOSS --- Experiments
Species ID
Digital camera --- Photo
2003-034-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - slow --- Geology
2003-034-FA-SC-001 ( core samples)

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