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Field Activity Details for field activity 2004-016-FA

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Other ID: MH44-04

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: CTD, Environmental Data: Dissolved Oxygen, Environmental Data: Temperature, Imagery: Photo, Imagery: Video, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Geology

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange moorings at the Boston B Buoy. Recover moorings at the site off Scituate. On the second day, collect sediment cores and sediment-oxygen profiles at Stations 2 and 3.


Start Port/Location: Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

End Port/Location: Coast Guard Base, Boston, MA

Start Date: 2004-02-05

End Date: 2004-02-06

Equipment Used: Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Video camera - deep sea, Van Veen grab sampler, Temperature and salinity, Slow corer, Digital camera, DGPS

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: This cruise was conducted in cold (20 degrees F) winds from the west (20-25 kts) on Day 1 and in snow, sleet and freezing rain on Day 2 (20 kts SE). The ship continues to be a major factor in the success of this operation. The scientific and ship crews worked hard and well together, as usual. Moorings deployed: 2 (#755 and 756 both recovered FA 04026 MARCUS HANNA May 19-20, 2004). Moorings recovered: 2 (#716 and 718 both deployed FA 03043 MARCUS HANNA Sep. 24-25, 2003). At Station A (near the Boston B Buoy) the subsurface mooring was exchanged and a refurbished large tripod was deployed. The tripod deployed in September did not come up. At Scituate, the NOPP subsurface mooring #734 (deployed FA 03057 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Aug. 27, 2003) was recovered. The tripod did not come up. Divers will be scheduled to help recover instruments at both locations in the near future. Coring was successful at both Stations 3 and 2. One core was given to Joseph Smith at U. Mass. Boston for analysis of Iodine 131 and others to our WHOI colleagues for analysis of pore water. Other cores were returned to USGS for X-rays and analysis of texture, metals, Th234, etc.

Staff: Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Michael Bothner, Michael Casso, Dirk Koopmans, Marinna Martini, Stephen Ruane

Affiliate Staff:
WHOI scientist on board: Joanne Goudreau; MWRA scientist: Douglas Hersh

Notes: Original Center People field contained: USGS scientists on board: Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood, Jonathan Borden, Mike Bothner, Michael Casso, Dirk Koopmans, Marinna Martini, Stephen Ruane.
Project = The Massachusetts Bay Experiment, The Massachusetts Bay Experiment


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

North: 42.41667 South: 42.13333 West: -70.9167 East: -70.58333


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.,

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:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Oxygen profiling system from Sayles --- Dissolved Oxygen
Video camera - deep sea --- Video
Van Veen grab sampler --- Geology
Temperature and salinity --- CTD
2004-016-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)
Slow corer --- Geology
Digital camera --- Photo
2004-016-FA-PH-001 (Deck photos of field activity operations)
DGPS --- Navigation

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