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Field Activity Details for field activity 2004-026-FA

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Other ID: MH45-04

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: Dissolved Oxygen, Geochemical: Experiments (geochemical), Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Exchange long-term moorings, collect sediment cores, obtain oxygen profiles within surface sediment, collect horse mussels using SCUBA from rocky bottoms near outfall, and deploy benthic chambers to measure fluxes of dissolved constituents in sediment-pore waters.


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

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

Start Date: 2004-05-19

End Date: 2004-05-20

Equipment Used: Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Benthic Chambers, Current, Digital camera, DGPS

Information to be Derived:

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings recovered: 2 (#755 and 756 deployed FA 04016 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 5-6, 2004). Moorings deployed: 3 (#766, 767 and 768 all recovered FA 04032 ABBIE BURGESS Sep. 22-23, 2004). All moorings were successfully replaced. Time series sediment trap did not rotate. Slow corer worked perfectly 8 for 8. Oxygen profiler used 2X at Station 3 and 1X at Station 2. Two benthic chambers deployed at Station 3. Divers (Dann Blackwood and Michael Casso) collected 10 horse mussels and a few brachiopods and one boulder covered with coraline algae and other organisms at MWRA Station T4-4.

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

Affiliate Staff:
Barbara Hecker (Hecker Environmental); William Martin and Joanne Goudreau (WHOI)

Notes: Dive plan was filled out by Dann Blackwood. Original Center People field contained: Sandy Baldwin, Dann Blackwood*, Jonathan Borden*, Mike Bothner, Michael Casso, John Crusius, Marinna Martini*, Richard Rendigs, Stephen Ruane*. All will assist in MOB and will participate at sea. Asterisk (*) denotes acct. 2921-0EL26; otherwise acct. 2921-0EL10.
Project = Massachusetts Bay Circulation and Contaminant Transport, Massachusetts Bay Circulation and Contaminant Transport


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

North: 42.5 South: 42.25 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
Benthic Chambers --- Experiments (geochemical)
Current --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2004-026-FA-OM-001 (Western Mass Bay mooring data)
Digital camera --- Photo
2004-026-FA-PH-001 (Deck photos of field activity operations)
DGPS --- Navigation

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