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Field Activity Details for field activity 2006-003-FA

Other ID: MH50-06

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, Imagery: Photo, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Sampling: Chemistry, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Recover an instrumented tripod (#805) at Massachusetts Bay Station A. Collect sediment cores at Stations 2 and 3. Deploy oxygen probe and benthic chambers. Collect water samples for determination of radium and radon concentrations.


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

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

Start Date: 2006-02-08

End Date: 2006-02-08

Equipment Used: DGPS, Bottom platform, Benthic Chambers, Oxygen profiling system from Sayles, Water sampler, Digital camera

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

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: All activities were carried out successfully.

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

Affiliate Staff:
J. Goudreau - WHOI

Notes: Original Center People field contained: Sea-going scientists: S. Baldwin, D. Blackwood, J. Borden, Mike Bothner, M. Casso, J. Crusius, D. Koopmans, Marinna Martini, R. Rendigs.
Project = Coastal Processes - Environmental Change in the NE U.S., Coastal Processes - Environmental Change in the NE U.S.


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

North: 42.4 South: 42.36667 West: -70.85 East: -70.75


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:

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:


Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Oxygen profiling system from Sayles --- Dissolved Oxygen
Benthic Chambers --- Experiments
DGPS --- Navigation
Digital camera --- Photo
2006-003-FA-PH-001 ( Deck photos of field activity operations)
Water sampler --- Chemistry
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
2006-003-FA-OM-001 ( Western Mass Bay mooring data)

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