Unified Interior Regions

Massachusetts

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the eastern United States. Several large bays distinctly shape its coast. Boston is the largest city at the innermost point of Massachusetts Bay and the mouth of the Charles River. There are 50 cities and 301 towns in Massachusetts, grouped into 14 counties.

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Phone: 508-548-8700
Fax: 508-457-2310

Woods Hole Center

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

Phone: (508) 490-5000
Fax: (508) 490-5068

New England Water

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Date published: December 19, 2018
Status: Active

Eastern Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted several assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in formations in the Blue Ridge Thrust Belt (5068), Piedmont Province (5069), Atlantic Coastal Plain Province (5070), and the New England Province (5072).  These basins are generally east of the Appalachian Basin Province (5067).

Date published: December 13, 2018
Status: Completed

Estimation of Daily Streamflow and Water Availability in the Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator, Version 2.0

The Massachusetts Sustainable-Yield Estimator is a decision-support tool that provides estimates of daily unaltered streamflow, water-use-adjusted streamflow, and water availability for ungaged, user-defined sites in Massachusetts. In this recently completed study, version 2.0 of the original Sustainable-Yield Estimator (Archfield and others, 2010) was developed with minor changes to the...

Date published: November 28, 2018
Status: Active

Climate Change, Hydrologic Responses and Impacts on Carbon Cycling as Inferred by Changes in Fluvial Dissolved Organic Carbon Fluxes

This project investigates the links between terrestrial and marine carbon cycling and fluvial transport of freshwater and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) to the near-coastal ocean. The project analyzes DOC export that integrates complex interacting processes in natural and human-impacted terrestrial and aquatic environments. Changes in DOC export may indicate changes in terrestrial ecosystem...

Date published: November 16, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Rau 20181116

Demand for biomass bioenergy has been increasing due to consumer choices, and changes in public policy in response to global climate change. Currently, in the United States, unprocessed wood waste is the primary source of biomass for energy production. 

Contacts: Benjamin M Rau
Date published: October 26, 2018
Status: Completed

New England WSC seminar series Benthem 20181026

USGS’s extensive stream gage network has greatly advanced our hydrologic understanding of watershed dynamics through the calculation of long-term streamflow measurements. Discharge, however, is not a direct measurement but rather derived from measurements of channel area, water height, and velocity.

Date published: October 25, 2018
Status: Active

Conservation Genomics to Reduce Climate Change Impacts- Toni Lyn Morelli

Northern New England is a fascinating landscape of conifers, unique wildlife, mountainous landscapes, and warming climates. Help us better understand whether red squirrel populations are responding to climate change and predict how that will impact the vulnerable boreal birds that they prey upon.

Date published: October 24, 2018
Status: Active

Assessment of Hydrologic and Water-Quality Changes in Shallow Groundwater Beneath a Coastal Neighborhood Being Converted from Septic Systems to Municipal Sewers

The U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are collaborating on a study to better understand changes to groundwater quality beneath a densely developed coastal neighborhood as it undergoes conversion from onsite wastewater disposal to municipal sewering.

Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

Invasive Species and Climate Change- Toni Lyn Morelli

The topic of how climate change will exacerbate the impacts of invasive species is at the cutting edge of conservation biology and applied ecology. We are looking for someone to work with a group of researchers and natural resource managers under the paradigm of translational ecology, producing publications and designing research that will improve conservation outcomes on the ground

Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Active

Incorporating Citizen Science to improve Biodiversity Knowledge- Toni Lyn Morelli

We are inviting you to participate in an exciting project that brings together citizen science data from iNaturalist and other online platforms to improve currently static biodiversity databases.  This project will ultimately identify invasive species, taxonomy changes, and potential climate migrants that will aid conservation efforts on public lands.

Date published: October 23, 2018
Status: Completed

Geospatial Dataset of Wells and Attributes in the New England Groundwater Level Network, 2017

The drought of 2016 affected hydrologic conditions throughout New England. Responses of USGS groundwater observation wells to this event, however, were not uniform and were sometimes markedly different from site to site. Although USGS scientists were able to provide explanations for most of these situations, the event highlighted the need for additional well information to develop quantitative...

Date published: October 16, 2018
Status: Active

Groundwater and Surface-Water Monitoring in the Mill Creek Watershed, Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts

The Herring River estuary and salt marsh system, within the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, has been diked off from the ocean for more than 100 years. The National Park Service is now preparing to restore the 1,100 acre estuary-marsh system.  

Date published: October 16, 2018
Status: Active

Improving Models of Coastal Change- Chris Sherwood

Help improve models of coastal erosion and morphologic change! This project offers an opportunity to collect and process various kinds of oceanographic and morphologic data using instruments and images recorded with our beach cam and drones. Or it can be a chance to develop and test numerical models. In either case, the results will help the USGS make forecasts of coastal erosion during storms...

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Date published: December 18, 2018

Oceanographic, Atmospheric and Water-Quality Measurements Sandwich Town Neck Beach, Massachusetts, 2017

These measurements provide short-duration datasets of waves, tides, and overwash from portable pressure sensors deployed on the beach during major winter storms on these dates: January 23-26; February 9-10; February 13-15; and March 13-15, 2017. Longer datasets were obtained from sensors on a platform deployed on the seafloor north of the beach in seven meters depth.

Date published: December 10, 2018

Massachusetts Shoreline Change Project: A GIS Compilation of Vector Shorelines for the 2018 update

The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management launched the Shoreline Change Project in 1989 to identify erosion-prone areas of the coast. The shoreline position and change rate are used to inform management decisions regarding the erosion of coastal resources. 

Date published: December 10, 2018

Geospatial Data Layers of Shallow Geology, Sea-Floor Texture, and Physiographic Zones from the Inner Continental Shelf of Martha’s Vineyard from Aquinnah to Wasque Point, and Nantucket from Eel Point to Great Point

Geologic, sediment texture, and physiographic zone maps characterize the sea floor south and west of Martha's Vineyard and north of Nantucket, Massachusetts. These maps were derived from interpretations of seismic-reflection profiles, high-resolution bathymetry, acoustic-backscatter intensity, bottom photographs, and surficial sediment samples. 

Date published: August 28, 2018

USGS Domestic Continuous (Unconventional) Oil & Gas Assessments, 2000-Present

Interactively explore assessment summary information for continuous (unconventional) assessments conducted at the USGS from 2000-2018. The assessment results data used to generate this visualization can be downloaded here in Excel Format.  These data represent all assessment results...

Date published: August 14, 2018

Sidescan sonar, single beam bathymetry, and navigation collected offshore of Sandwich Beach in 2016, U.S. Geological Field Activity 2016-030-FA

The objectives of the survey were to provide bathymetric and sidescan sonar data for sediment transport studies and coastal change model development for ongoing studies of nearshore coastal dynamics along Sandwich Town Neck Beach, MA. Data collection equipment used for this investigation are mounted on an unmanned surface vehicle (USV) uniquely adapted from a commercially sold gas-powered...

Date published: June 14, 2018

Sea-Floor Sediment Samples, Seabed Imagery, and CTD Instrument Data Collected on Stellwagen Bank in August 2017, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2017-043-FA

The data collected in this study will aid research on the ecology of fish and invertebrate species that inhabit the region. On August 22 and 23, 2017, the U.S. Geological Survey, in collaboration with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, conducted a research cruise aboard the Sanctuary’s Research Vessel Auk, visiting 39 locations within the sanctuary. 

Date published: April 9, 2018

Water Use Data for Massachusetts

The link provides access to the 5-year water-use compilations (between 1985 and 2015) data for Massachusetts on the National Water Information System (NWIS) web interface.

The presented data were compiled and published by the USGS's National Water Use Information Program (NWUIP).

Date published: April 4, 2018

Sampling data collected in Cape Cod Bay, Buzzards Bay, and Vineyard Sound; south of Martha's Vineyard; and south and east of Nantucket, Massachusetts, in 2011, U.S. Geological Survey Field Activity 2011-015-FA

These survey data are used to explore the nature of the sea floor and, in conjunction with high-resolution geophysical data, to make interpretive maps of sedimentary environments and validate acoustic remote sensing data.

Date published: April 4, 2018

Continuous Bathymetry and Elevation Models of the Massachusetts Coastal Zone and Continental Shelf

Integrated terrain models covering 16,357 square kilometers of the Massachusetts coastal zone and offshore waters were built to provide a continuous elevation and bathymetry terrain model for ocean planning purposes.  A Triangulated Irregular Network was created from public-domain bathymetric and LiDAR data using the ArcGIS terrain-model framework.

Date published: March 27, 2018

Point cloud from low-altitude aerial imagery from unmanned aerial system (UAS) flights over Coast Guard Beach, Nauset Spit, Nauset Inlet, and Nauset Marsh, Cape Cod National Seashore, Eastham, Massachusetts on 1 March 2016 (LAZ file)

This point cloud was derived from low-altitude aerial images collected from an unmanned aerial system (UAS) flown in the Cape Cod National Seashore on 1 March, 2016. The objective of the project was to evaluate the quality and cost of mapping from UAS images. The point cloud contains 434,096,824 unclassifed and unedited geolocated points.

Date published: February 15, 2018

Topographic, imagery, and raw data associated with unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flights over Black Beach, Falmouth, Massachusetts on 18 March 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey worked in collaboration with members of the Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Analytics at Black Beach, in Falmouth, Massachusetts to explore scientific research demands on UAS technology for topographic and habitat mapping applications. 

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August 19, 2019

Placing a New Survey Reference Marker

Massachusetts student intern Michael Upton placing a new survey reference marker at a live recording groundwater well station.
 

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

Woman showing instrumentation to visitors at an outreach event
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

woman explaining some research to visitors
August 10, 2019

Science Stroll 2019

Marinna Martini doing an instrumentation show-and-tell at the 2019 Science Stroll.

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Long Island Sound Survey team
December 12, 2017

Geological Sampling (videos, photos and sediment samples) in Long Island Sound on the newly stretched R/V Connecticut with scientist from USGS, UConn and Univ of New Haven

Lake Powell
December 12, 2017

Develop a new bathymetry map of Lake Powell, UT-AZ, and characterize shallow sediment deposition near the mouths of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Bathymetric data, acoustic backscatter imagery, and limited CHIRP sub-bottom data were collected by the USGS Utah Water Science Center (UTWSC) and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) within Lake Powell, October - November, 2017.

Scientists deploy high-tech buoy in Lake Winnipesaukee
June 27, 2016

A high-tech buoy that monitors water quality in real time was just installed in one of New England’s most popular lakes, where in the future it will help with determining when swimmers should and shouldn’t be in the water. 

Image: Methane Seeps along Offshore Virginia
June 16, 2016

Recent scientific work has confirmed the source, composition and origin of methane seeps on the Atlantic Ocean seafloor, discovered in 2012, where scientists never expected them to be.

As US models predicted Hurricane Joaquin washed out a road at Kitty Hawk, NC in 2015.
June 1, 2016

New USGS models help predict storm effects on beaches

As the 2016 hurricane season opens, weather forecasters, emergency managers and coastal residents have access to tools developed by the U.S. Geological Survey that predict, more precisely than ever, where beach erosion and beachfront flooding will take place during hurricanes and other storms.

 

view across Ashumet Pond, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with sampling grid markers in forground
April 28, 2016

A recent scientific study shows new, important information about how groundwater cannot only contribute nutrients such as nitrogen to lakes, but can also carry it away. Nitrogen is an important nutrient but harmful when over-supplied. The fate and transport of nitrogen are critically important issues for human and aquatic ecosystem health.

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Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Phone: 508-548-8700
Fax: 508-457-2310

Woods Hole Center

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

Phone: (508) 490-5000
Fax: (508) 490-5068

New England Water