OCEAN 497-F Advanced Special Topics Seafloor Mapping

Juan de Fuca Canyon

Ocean497-F Seafloor Mapping (Miles Logsdon)

This course is a "companion" lab class to the Introductory Spatial Information Technology course (Ocean452). Our focus is on the acquisition, processing, and analysis of multibeam sonar data used in the mapping of the ocean seafloor.
Newly developed state of the art technologies have given us the ability to visualize the ocean and seafloor as never before. Marine geospatial data are in continuous demand for scientific studies of marine ecosystems, including atmosphere/ocean interactions, climate change detection, fisheries and habitat assessments, geo-hazards prediction, hydrocarbon exploitation, and identification of human health risks.

In this course we will cover the principles of seafloor survey design, the shipboard data acquisition workflow (Kongsberg: SIS), post-processing software (CARIS: HIPS), production of maps and basic surface analysis in GIS (ESRI: ArcGIS).