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Summary Information for Field Activity 2003-043-FA

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

Dates: September 24, 2003 to September 25, 2003

Chief scientist: Mike Bothner

   William Martin - WHOI

Objectives: Exchange moorings offshore of Boston and Scituate. Collect sediment cores and deploy oxygen profiler and benthic chambers at long-term sediment monitoring sites.

Type of Activity: Sampling; Mooring work; Photography; Oxygen profiling in sediments; benthic chambers;Oxygen profiling in sediments
benthic chambers

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

Summary: Diving not required. Moorings deployed: 4 (#716 and 718 both recovered FA 04016 MARCUS HANNA Feb. 5-6, 2004; #717 and 719 both recovered FA 04023 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Apr. 7-8, 2004). Moorings recovered: 4 (#707 and 708 both deployed FA 03020 CONNECTICUT Mar. 29-31, 2003; #709 and 710 both deployed FA 03028 CHRISTOPHER ANDREW Apr. 23, 2003). Moorings exchanged successfully at sites A and B. A sufficient number of cores was collected at Station 3, but not at Station 2 because the core closure mechanism broke.

Contact: Michael Casso (
Fran Lightsom (

InfoBank: uses the identifier H-1-03-MY. Visit this site for more information.

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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

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. (Also available at

Kalnejais, Linda 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: p. 2282-2288. (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

Martini, Marinna, 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: p. 1924-1935. (Also available at

Kalnejais, Linda H., Martin, William R., and Bothner, Michael H.,2010, The release of dissolved nutrients and metals from coastal sediments due to resuspension: Marine Chemistry, v. 121: p. 224-235. (Also available at

Bothner, Michael H., Butman, Bradford, and Casso, Michael A.,2010, Review of oceanographic and geochemical data collected in Massachusetts Bay during a large discharge of total suspended solids from Boston's sewage-treatment system and ocean outfall in August 2002: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1050, 11 p.. (Also available at

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