Integration!of!backscatter!data!from!multiple!unTcalibrated!echosounders remains!a!challenge.!! The!arbitrary!offsets!that!are!acceptable!within!a!single!sensor!application!become!problematic! when!integrating!multiple!sensors!into!a!common!data!set.!!Instruments!typically!have! differences!in!overall!sensitivities!and/!or!beam!patterns!that!are!large!enough!to!complicate! the!combination!of!the!individual!sensor!data!sets!into!a!coherent,!project!wide!product.! The!dualThead!Reson!7125!installation!on!the!NOAA!Ship!Ferdinand!R.!Hassler!is!useful! intermediate!step!between!a!single!instrument!installation!and!a!true!multiTvessel!application.!! When!operated!simultaneously,!the!temporal!variation!in!the!acoustic!properties!of!the! seafloor!and!the!water!column!can!be!eliminated!between!the!two!systems.!!! Using!data!acquired!during!production!hydrography,!we!solve!for!the!offsets!between!the!two! heads!for!simultaneously!logged!data.!!This!approach!is!then!broadened!to!determine!offsets! between!different!days,!and!then!different!hardware!installations!throughout!the!project.!!!We! find!that!the!normalization!offsets!vary!significantly!between!the!heads,!between!different!runs! (likely!due!to!the!Reson!normalization process),!and!different!installed!receiver!components.!! Accounting!for!these!offsets,!we!are!able!to!generate!project!wide!mosaics!and!backscatter! products.
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
Journal or Conference Title
US Hydrographic Conference
March 25 - March 28, 2013
Hydrographic Society of America
Greenaway, Samuel F. and Rice, Glen, "A Single Vessel Approach to Inter-Vessel Normalization of Seafloor Backscatter Data" (2013). US Hydrographic Conference. 856.