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LONG-TERM MONITORING IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS BAY



Description: Measurements of currents and other oceanographic properties were made at two locations to understand the transport and long-term fate of sediments and associated contaminants in Massachusetts Bay, one to the south of the new ocean outfall (LT-A), and at a second location about 22 km to the southeast of the ocean outfall offshore of Scituate, Mass (LT-B). This set of field observations is part of a larger project to develop a predictive capability and understanding of the fate, transport, and environmental effects of sewage wastes discharged to the coastal ocean (see http://woodshole.er.usgs.gov/project-pages/bostonharbor/).

Duration: 1989 - 2006

USGS PI's: B. Butman, M. Bothner, and R. Signell

Collaborators: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, U.S. Coast Guard, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Publications:

Butman, Bradford, Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., Borden, Jonathan, 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, 19892006: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 74, v. 3.0, DVD-ROM. Also available online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/74/

Bothner, M.H. and Butman, B. (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. Also online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/circ/2007/1302/

Butman, Bradford, Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., and Lange, W.H., 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 online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/265/

Butman, Bradford, Dalyander, P.S., Bothner, M.H., and Lange, W.H., 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 online at http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/266/

Butman, B., Sherwood, C.R., and Dalyander, P.S., 2008, Northeast storms ranked by wind stress and wave-generated bottom stress observed in Massachusetts Bay, 1990-2006: Continental Shelf Research, v. 28, no. 10-11, p. 1231-1245. DOI: 10.1016/j.csr.2008.02.010.

Martini, M., Butman , B., Mickelson, M., 2007, Long-term performance of Aanderra Optodes and Sea-Bird SBE-43 dissolved oxygen sensors at 32 m in Massachusetts Bay, J. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 24, 1924-1935.

Warner, J.C., Butman, Bradford, and Dalyander, P. Soupy, 2008, Storm-driven sediment transport in Massachusetts Bay. Continental Shelf Research, 28, 257-282.

Field Activity Reports: 1989-035-FA, 1990-002-FA, 1990-016-FA, 1990-041-FA, 1991-005-FA, 1991-016-FA, 1991-036-FA, 1992-002-FA, 1992-008-FA, 1992-026-FA, 1992-029-FA, 1992-032-FA, 1993-002-FA, 1993-003-FA, 1993-011-FA, 1993-024-FA, 1993-031-FA, 1994-015-FA, 1994-019-FA, 1994-022-FA, 1994-035-FA, 1994-040-FA, 1995-017-FA, 1995-022-FA, 1995-032-FA, 1995-035-FA, 1995-038-FA, 1995-039-FA, 1996-007-FA, 1996-012-FA, 1996-019-FA, 1996-023-FA, 1996-049-FA, 1997-015-FA, 1997-016-FA, 1997-017-FA, 1997-029-FA, 1997-043-FA, 1997-044-FA, 1998-011-FA, 1998-019-FA, 1998-028-FA, 1998-044-FA, 1999-007-FA, 1999-008-FA, 1999-009-FA, 1999-021-FA, 1999-040-FA, 2000-002-FA, 2000-003-FA, 2000-004-FA, 2000-048-FA, 2000-062-FA, 2000-066-FA, 2000-085-FA, 2001-022-FA, 2001-023-FA, 2001-024-FA, 2001-051-FA, 2001-061-FA, 2001-068-FA, 2001-069-FA, 2001-080-FA, 2001-085-FA, 2001-086-FA, 2002-026-FA, 2002-044-FA, 2002-045-FA, 2002-046-FA, 2002-048-FA, 2002-056-FA, 2002-064-FA, 2003-028-FA, 2003-031-FA, 2003-057-FA, 2004-016-FA, 2004-023-FA, 2004-026-FA, 2004-032-FA, 2004-065-FA, 2005-003-FA, 2005-022-FA, 2005-023-FA, 2005-025-FA, 2005-038-FA, 2006-003-FA

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Links to the Data

South of Ocean Outfall (site LT-A) Offshore of Scituate, Mass. (site LT-B) Data access via OPeNDAP
Basic Sampling Interval Basic Sampling Interval LT-A
Hour-averaged Hour-averaged LT-B
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