Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are used across a wide range of mission scenarios and from an increasingly diverse set of operators. Use of AUVs for shallow water (less than 200 meters) mapping applications is of increasing interest. However, an update of the total propagated uncertainty TPU model is required to properly attribute bathymetry data acquired from an AUV platform compared with surface platform acquired data. An overview of the parameters that should be considered for data acquired from an AUV platform is discussed. Data acquired in August 2014 using NOAA’s Remote Environmental Measuring UnitS (REMUS) 600 AUV in the vicinity of Portsmouth, NH were processed and analyzed through Leidos’ Survey Analysis and Area Based EditoR (SABER) software. Variability in depth and position of seafloor features observed multiple times from repeat passes of the AUV, and junctioning of the AUV acquired bathymetry with bathymetry acquired from a surface platform are used to evaluate the TPU model and to characterize the AUV acquired data.


Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

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Journal Title

U.S. Hydrographic Conference (US HYDRO) 2015

Conference Date

March 16-19, 2015

Publisher Place

National Harbor, Maryland, USA


International Hydrographic Organization

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Conference Proceeding