Massachusetts Bay Cruise
Mike Bothner reports a successful cruise to Massachusetts Bay (February 10-11)
where long-term moorings were exchanged (Fig. 1) and sediment cores were
collected. This work is part of the interagency effort to assess environmental
effects from Boston's new offshore outfall for treated sewage effluent that will
come on line in late summer 1999.
Fig. 1: Exchange of long-term moorings in Massachusetts Bay.
On this cruise, preliminary tests were conducted
of a new communications link between working oceanographic instruments on the sea
floor in Massachusetts Bay and computers in Woods Hole. The communications
project, spearheaded by Brad Butman with funding from the National Ocean
Partnership Program (NOPP), will confirm that instruments are functioning
properly and will provide the data to scientists and the public over the World
Wide Web in near real-time. The system is expected to be operational by fall.
The smoothly executed cruise benefited from the assistance of three new
first-time young scientists, Jessica Cote (Oak Ridge), Brian Flynn (ECO), and
Alex Robinson (USGS), as well as our most senior scientist, Roger Hubbell
(age 76, Fig. 2), a highly skilled USGS volunteer. The remainder of the jolly
science crew included Dann Blackwood, Jon Borden, Brad Butman, Peter Gill,
Marinna Martini and Rick Rendigs (USGS); and Lary Ball, Joanne Goudreau, and
Keith von der Heydt (WHOI). The work was conducted aboard the buoy tender
MARCUS HANNA, which is provided free to this project by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Fig. 2: From left to right: Brian Flynn, Roger Hubbell, and Alex Robinson.
in this issue:
R/V David Johnson
Black History Month
NRC at St. Pete
Boston Harbor Clean-Up
New England Fishery Management
Woods Hole Visitors
Menlo Park Events
March Publications List