In the last decade, advances in real-time computing and data storage capabilities have led to significant improvements in bathymetric survey systems and the single point echo-sounder has now been replaced by a variety of highresolution swath mapping sounding systems. This paper reviews the state of the art in the non-military swath bathymetry mapping systems. Such systems are typically multi narrow beam echo-sounders or interferometric side-looking sonars with swath width capabilities ranging from 0.75 to 7 times the water depth. The paper compares the design characteristics and the echo processing methods used in a number of these systems manufactured in Japan, Finland, Norway, the U.K., the U.S.A. and West Germany.
Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping
Journal or Conference Title
International Hydrographic Review
Lemmers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
International Hydrographic Organization
de Moustier, Christian, "State of the Art in Swath Bathymetry Survey Systems" (1988). International Hydrographic Review. 901.