Abstract

In support of Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey collects meaningful acoustic backscatter as a ancillary product of its navigational charting mission. Many of NOAA’s field units have Reson 7000 series multibeam echosounders which have been shown to have decidedly non-linear response characteristics under certain high signal conditions. This non-linear behavior significantly increases the complexity of the radiometric corrections required to make use of backscatter under a variety of processing paradigms. Avoiding operating these systems in the non-linear operational domain is a simpler approach. However, the onset of non-linear behavior is not a simple function of the output signal level but instead depends on a number of tunable settings. Here we present a method for both determining the onset of non-linear behavior in any installed Reson 7000 series sonar and monitoring the system during real-time acquisition to ensure the system is operating in a linear fashion. In general this information improves the operator’s understanding of the system status and can lead to additional post processing advantages.

Publication Date

5-2012

Journal or Conference Title

Canadian Hydrographic Conference

Conference Date

May 15 - May 17, 2012

Publisher Place

Niagara Falls, Canada

Publisher

Canadian Hydrographic Association

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

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