Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in the Field

Science Center Objects

In the Field, June 2019

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center scientists and staff study coastal and ocean resources and processes from the land, sea, and air, to shorelines and estuaries to the continental shelf, deep sea, lake floor, river bottoms and shallow subsurfaces environments.


Place Purpose Equipment  Platform Data Types
San Francisco, California - Astoria, Oregon Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and geophysical studies of methane seepage on the Cascadia margin.   R/V Falkor Sonar: Single Beam, Sonar: Multibeam, Location-Elevation: Navigation Seafloor Maps, Subseafloor Maps, Methane Flux, Methane Oxidation Rate
Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts Test geophysical gear in preparation for the 2019 field season Reson T20-P, GeoEel 8-channel streamer, S-Boom seismic source, Chirp 512i (sp), Other, POS-MV R/V Rafael Sub Bottom Profiler, Navigation, Multibeam, Boomer
Cape Cod, Massachusetts Continuous monitoring of surface water and pore-water depth, salinity, and temperature, soil temperature and meteorological data in several estuary systems across Cape Cod to examine environmental geochemistry and health of the estuary. Sensor - light, In-Situ AquaTroll 200 (CTD) On foot Environmental Data: Temperature, Environmental Data: Pressure, Environmental Data: Light, Environmental Data: Depth, Environmental Data: Conductivity


Meagan Gonneea checks on instruments at a tidal creek in Great Pond, Falmouth, MA

Dr. Meagan Gonneea checks on instruments at a tidal creek in Great Pond, Falmouth, MA. Daily tides drive exchange between coastal wetlands and adjacent estuaries. Here we have instrumented a tidal channel to measure those fluxes over a tidal cycle. When the marsh floods, material is imported from the estuary. Biogeochemical cycles within the wetland, driven by plants and microbes in the soil, can alter that material prior to export back to the estuary. Coastal wetlands are critical coastal boundaries.

(Credit: Priya Ganguli, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Public domain.)