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Summary Information for Field Activity 1990-002-FA

Area of Operations: Massachusetts Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic

Dates: March 27, 1990 to March 29, 1990

Chief scientist: Mike Bothner

Objectives: The objective of the program is to make long-term measurements of currents and sediment transport in the vicinity of the proposed ocean outfall in Massachusetts Bay. The purpose of this cruise was to recover and redeploy the instrumented moorings. Samples of bottom sediments are collected on each cruise required to service the instruments. This was the second in a series of six cruises during the 2 year period of the present Joint Funding Agreement between the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and the USGS.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Mooring work;

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

Summary: This cruise was extended to 3 days in order to recover the tripod which would not release its float on command. Using careful acoustic ranging and highly accurate triangulation, the position of the instrument was pinpointed. On the second day of the cruise (Mar. 28), divers from WHOI were placed within 50 ft. of the instrument and attached a retrieval line. All our equipment was recovered without damage. The divers reported that the recovery rope canister was detached from the tripod. A piece of fishing net remained on the tripod suggesting how the rope canister might have been damaged. Moorings deployed: 2 (#340 and 341, recovered FA 90016 WHITE HEATH July 10-11, 1990). Moorings recovered: 2 (#338 and 339, deployed FA 89035 WHITE HEATH Dec. 5-6, 1989).

Contact: Mike Bothner (

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Publications resulting from these data

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.. (Also available at

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. (Also available at

Warner, J. C., Butman, B., and Dalyander, P. S.,2008, Storm-driven sediment transport in Massachusetts Bay: Continental Shelf Research, v. 28, no. 2: p. 257-282. (Also available at

Warner, John 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: p. 1284-1306. (Also available at

Butman, B., Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., and Lang, W.N.,2008, Time-series photographs of the sea floor in western Massachusetts Bay, Version 2, 1989 - 1996: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 265, Version 2.0, DVD-ROM. (Also available at

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