Using Multibeam Echosounder Backscatter To Characterize Seafloor Features Geocoder Processing Gives Multibeam Echosounder Backscatter an Advantage Over Side Scan Sonar in Producing Reliable Seafloor Maps

Thursday, October 7, 2010
Sea Technology

Recent developments in multibeam echosounder backscatter processing, specifically an integrated suite of processing algorithms called Geocoder (developed by Luciano Fonseca and Brian Calder of the University of New Hampshire), are now included in most commercially available processing software. These tools allow end users to produce properly corrected backscatter mosaics and add more robust qualitative and quantitative discrimination of seabed materials to their seafloor characterizations.