Field Activity 2024-004-FA

Identifier 2024-004-FA
Alternate names Marsh Island New Bedford 2024 - CED/AIM/EG
Purpose Monitor the hydrodynamics and sediment supply to a newly engineered system. Buzzards Bay Coalition and their partners have just completed Phase I of this project to create an engineered salt marsh on a former fill area. Sediment supply is a key factor in salt marsh sustainability with rising sea-level, this site provides a unique opportunity to study the establishment of the engineered system under the natural forcing of the tides and water flow.
Location Marsh Island site New Bedford Harbor, Acushnet River, Fairhaven, MA..
Info derived Time-series data of water level, currents, flow/discharge, waves, turbidity, and other water-quality parameters (temperature, salinity, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen, pH, fDOM, blue-green algae). Supplemental water samples will be collected and analyzed for total suspended-sediment concentration and loss-on-ignition. Grain-size distribution will be determined from sediment samples collected the marsh creek bed. Aerial mapping will provide full elevation coverage and multispectral orthoimage data. Biochem time-series sensor data are groundwater well CTD measurements.
Comments This will be an ongoing study and would like it to be an event type field activity. Multiple Information specialists due to group overlap. Entries for this field activity are based on entries from Field Activity 2023-025-FA.
on foot
survey conducted on foot
Start Fairhaven, MA 2024-01-23
End Fairhaven, MA 2024-12-31
Days in the field 10
Activity events
Start date End date Description
2024-01-23 2024-01-23 Bo and Olivia turned around the Dwave, Exo, and IQ
2024-04-09 2024-04-09 S. Brosnahan and S. Ackerman visited site with UAS equipment and flew the M600 YellowScan Mapper+ (lidar and RGB camera) attached. Mavic and Anafi might be flown too. AeroPoints were deployed as ground control.
2024-04-22 2024-04-22 Jen O'Keefe-Suttles, Emily Tacke, Jin-Si Over, and Robert Bales visited the site. Wells were sampled and checked, the Exo and IQ under the bridge were serviced and replaced. Base station occupied the new PK nail on the bridge and the RTK equipment was used to take a transect across the channel and on the equipment.
2024-05-21 2024-05-21 Bo and Olivia connected IQ to new battery, downloaded data, changed "Record Multicell Data" setting to 1, and restarted data collection.
2024-05-22 2024-05-22 Swap well loggers, download barometer, surface water collection. Emily Tacke and Dakota Sievers
2024-06-20 2024-06-20 Tidal creek tidal sampling. Meagan Eagle Amari Johnson
2024-06-24 2024-06-24 Bo and Olivia turned around the Dwave, Exo, and IQ.
2024-06-25 2024-06-25 Tidal creek tidal sampling. Emily Tacke, Amari Johnson
2024-07-02 2024-07-02 Bo, Jen C, Seth, Amari (student), and Ezra (volunteer) did two sUAS flights with the Skydio X10 for a MIR aerial imagery data collect for photogrammetry. A GPS ground survey with the SP80 was also done.
2024-07-12 2024-07-12 Water sampling from bridge over the timeseries instruments on same interval as Exo. Water samples will be filtered for SSC and used to convert Exo turbidity (NTU) to SSC (mg/l). Personnel: Bo and Olivia
West -70.91820717
East -70.91380835
North 41.6531785
South 41.64949085


384 Woods Hole Road
Quissett Campus
Woods Hole, MA02543-1598
(508) 548-8700
Principal investigators Neil Kamal GanjuMeagan J EagleSandra M Brosnahan
Crew members
Seth Ackerman
Scientist, Staff
Steven E Suttles
Scientist, Staff
Eric D. Marsjanik
Scientist, Staff
Over, Jin-Si
Scientist, Staff
De Meo, Olivia
Scientist, Staff
Information specialist(s)
Meagan J Eagle
Specialist, Information
Cramer, Jennifer
Specialist, Information
Bales, Robert
Specialist, Information
Tacke, Emily
Specialist, Information

Data types and categories

Data category: Sampling, Time Series, Imagery, Location-Elevation
Data type: Mooring (physical oceanography), Chemistry, Geology, Geochemical Monitoring, Photo, Transects, LIDAR

Equipment used

Equipment Usage description Data types Datasets
Bottom platform Mooring (physical oceanography) (no data reported)
Water sampler Chemistry (no data reported)
Sampling scoop Geology (no data reported)
In-Situ AquaTroll 200 (CTD) Geochemical Monitoring, Conductivity, Depth, Temperature (no data reported)
Altum-PT Photo (no data reported)
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Photo, Video, Navigation (no data reported)
Aeropoint targets Navigation, Transects, Profiles (no data reported)
RTK Transects, Benchmarks (no data reported)
Yellowscan Mapper LIDAR (no data reported)


Samples collected during this field activity