Deep-sea research expeditions expand multibeam bathymetric map of seafloor: Opportunistic multibeam surveying

Shannon Hoy, Laura Robinson, Veerle Huvenne

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Abstract

Currently only ten to fifteen percent of the ocean floor has been mapped at resolutions of 100-metre pixel size or better and the vast majority of this mapped area is within territorial waters. One way to significantly increase seafloor coverage is to outsource data collection to non-hydrographic vessels or ships of opportunity. However, data currently being collected by these vessels are largely unmanaged, leading to possible redundant coverage and/or inconsistent quality. It is a good idea that the scientific and hydrographic communities make effective use of ships of opportunity in order to optimise data collection in the immense areas in need of mapping in the planet's remote waters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-27
Number of pages4
JournalHydro International
Volume19
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

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