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Field Activity Details for field activity 2003-043-FA

Other ID: MH43-03

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

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange moorings offshore of Boston and Scituate. Collect sediment cores and deploy oxygen profiler and benthic chambers at long-term sediment monitoring sites.


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

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

Start Date: 2003-09-24

End Date: 2003-09-25

Equipment Used: DGPS, Corer - piston, Temperature and salinity, Pressure, Turbidity, Current, Benthic Chambers, Camera- deep sea, Video camera - deep sea, Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Digital camera

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Diving not required. Moorings deployed: 4 (#716 and 718 both recovered FA 04016 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 5-6, 2004; #717 and 719 both recovered FA 04023 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Apr. 7-8, 2004). Moorings recovered: 4 (#707 and 708 both deployed FA 03020 CONNECTICUT Mar. 29-31, 2003; #709 and 710 both deployed FA 03028 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Apr. 23, 2003). Moorings exchanged successfully at sites A and B. A sufficient number of cores was collected at Station 3, but not at Station 2 because the core closure mechanism broke.

Staff: Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, John Crusius, Marinna Martini, Andree Ramsey, Richard Rendigs, Stephen Ruane

Affiliate Staff:
William Martin
Joanne Goudreau (both at WHOI and responsible for benthic chambers and oxygen profilers)

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Sea going personnel (also mob and transportation): Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Mike Bothner, Michael Casso, John Crusius, Marinna Martini, Andree Ramsey, Richard Rendigs, Stephen Ruane.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment


Scituate, 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:

Bothner, M.H., Butman, Bradford, and Casso, Michael 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., 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., 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:

Kalnejais, L.H., Martin, William R., and Bothner, Michael H., 2010, The release of dissolved nutrients and metals from coastal sediments due to resuspension: Marine Chemistry, v. 121 no. 1-4, pp. 224–235, doi: 10.1016/j.marchem.2010.05.002.

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
DGPS --- Navigation
Corer - piston --- Geology
2003-043-FA-SC-001 ( core, grab samples)
Temperature and salinity --- CTD
Pressure --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Turbidity --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
2003-043-FA-PH-001 ( film collection of TRIPOD 717; 20030924-20040704)
Digital camera --- Photo
2003-043-FA-PH-002 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)

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