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U.S. Geological Survey Oceanographic Time-Series Data Collection


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

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


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, 1989–2006: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 74, v. 3.0, DVD-ROM.

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

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

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

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

Revision History:

  • June 2016 note added to O_60 variables to clarify they were not adjuted for salinty
  • September 2015 a few platform locations were corrected
  • 2012 version with WATER_DEPTH computed from pressure published (V3)
  • 2010 last files added
  • earlier files published as reviewed prior to 2006

Please use the following citation when referencing this dataset:

Dalyander, P.S., Butman, Bradford, Bothner, M.H., Montgomery, E.T., Martini, M.A., Lightsom, F.L., Long-term Oceanographic Measurements-- Massachusetts Bay, Massachussetts, 1989-2006: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Data Access

FGDC metadata for this experiment.

Station Locations


For more detail about the measurements collected at each site, browse MBAY_LT.kml and MBAY_LTB.kml (using Google Earth).


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