Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in the Field

Science Center Objects

In the Field, August 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.


Location Dates Purpose Equipment  Platform Data Types
Seattle, Washington -Astoria, Oregon 7/13/19-8/12/19 Characterize Quaternary deformation and sediment dynamics along the central and northern Cascadia margin ROV,  Edgetech 512i CHIRP (PCMSC), Multichannel seismics R/V Rachel Carson Sonar: Single Beam, Sonar: Multibeam, Location-Elevation: Navigation
Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts 7/15/19-8/15/19 Define the geologic framework of Cape Cod Bay to aid the state of Massachusetts in management and assessment of resources and hazards Sensor - MVP30, Reson T20-P, S-Boom seismic source, Chirp 512i (sp), GeoEel 16-channel hydrophone, Grab sampler - Van Veen , POS-MV, SeaBOSS, GoPro camera R/V Scarlett Isabella Sonar: Sound Velocity, Sonar: Multibeam, Seismics: Sub Bottom Profiler, Seismics: Multichannel, Seismics: Boomer, Sampling: Geology, Location-Elevation: Navigation, Imagery: Video, Imagery: Photo
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary 7/26/19-8/2/19 Collect seabed sediment samples for geological mapping project SeaBOSS R/V Auk Sampling, Geology
Cape Cod, Massachusetts August 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, Other, In-Situ AquaTroll 200 (CTD) on foot Environmental Data: Temperature, Environmental Data: Pressure, Environmental Data: Light, Environmental Data: Depth, Environmental Data: Conductivity
Wellfleet, Massachusetts August To quantify critical sediment transport parameters of diverse wetland complexes within 4 NCBN parks, Cape Cod NS, Fire Island NS, Gateway NRA and Assateague Island NS in order to inform management efforts. Suspended-sediment concentration data over tidal and seasonal timescales and will directly inform and improve the predications developed as part of the marsh modeling effort for these parks. Bottom platform, Water sampler, Spectra Precision SP80, GPS - Handheld, DGPS R/V Muddy Waters Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography), Sampling: Chemistry, Location-Elevation: Navigation
Atlantic Ocean 8/29/19/--9/3/19 Deploy an array of 6 intermediate period ocean-bottom seismographs (OBS). The OBS will record ambient seismic noise for ~6 - 12 months. The ambient noise will be used to measure sediment shear wavespeeds. Shear wavespeed is a proxy for shear strength, a key parameter in controlling slope stability. Instrumentation: 6 WHOI ARRA-type ocean bottom seismographs R/V Connecticut Seismics: Ocean Bottom Seismometer
Cape Cod Canal timelapse

Timelapse of R/V Warren Jr. going through the Cape Cod Canal

(Credit: Seth Ackerman, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Public domain.)

Timelapse gif of shipboard mobilization

Shipboard mobilization on the deck of the R/V Warren Jr. on Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts

(Credit: Seth Ackerman, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center. Public domain.)