NOAA Ship Pisces Cruise PC-11-06 (14) Multibeam Sonar Workshop on NOAA Ship Pisces (EK60)

The overall objective is to familiarize participating scientists with PISCES multibeam echosounder (Simrad ME70) configuration, operation, calibration and data collection and test the sonar's capabilities for a variety of applications. An additional objective is to collect water column and seafloor scattering data using PISCES multibeam echosounder and splitbeam echosounders (Simrad EK60) in coordination with measurements being conducted on OKEANOS EXPLORER using Simrad EM302 multibeam echosounder for comparison between systems.
  • Cite as: Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2011): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (PC1106, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi: 10.7289/V51C1TVQ [access date].
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Distribution Formats
  • >Kongsberg/Simrad ME70 raw files (Version: 1)
    • File Specification: Kongsberg/Simrad ME70 raw files are functionally equivalent to Ex60 raw files and contain power and optionally angular position data with each beam identified by an independent transducer channel. See the Simrad ME70 interface specification manual for further information.
Ordering Instructions Contact the NGDC Water Column Sonar Data Manage to order data
Distributor Chuck Anderson
Water Column Sonar Data Manager
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI > National Centers for Environmental Information, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4742
wcd.info@noaa.gov
Dataset No POCs available for this dataset
Time Period 2011-08-30T03:47:00 to 2011-09-01T14:51:07
Spatial Reference System urn:ogc:def:crs:EPSG:4326
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates
N: 29.4180778333
S: 28.50579493
E: -87.5221758367
W: -88.5629493334
Spatial Coverage Map
Documentation links not available.
Publication Dates
  • creation: 2011-08-30
Dataset Progress Status Complete - production of the data has been completed
Data Update Frequency Not planned
Purpose 1) Review ME70 configuration options, performance consequences of configuration choices, calibration procedures, and methods of synchronizing ME70 with other acoustic systems for simultaneous operation. 2) Collect acoustic scattering data from schools of fish for school size and shape analysis. 3) Collect acoustic scattering data from individual fish for spectral and directivity estimation. 4) Collect acoustic scattering data from the seabed to estimate bottom roughness and bottom type characterization and to compare with OKEANOS EXPLORER EM302 echosounder data at the same survey location. 5) Collect data using ME70 and EK60 echosounders from same water column targets as EM302 echosounder on OKEANOS EXPLORER. These targets will be both biological constituents of the offshore Deep Scattering Layer as well as gas bubbles released from natural gas seeps. 6) Calibrate ME70 in each configuration used for data collection.
Use Limitations
  • These data are considered raw and have not been subjected to the NOAA's quality control or quality assurance procedures. They are released for limited public use as preliminary data to be used only with appropriate caution. NOAA cannot assume liability for any damages caused by any errors or omissions in the data, nor as a result of the failure of the data to function on a particular system. NOAA makes no warranty, expressed or implied, nor does the fact of distribution constitute such a warranty.
Dataset Citation
  • Cite as: Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2011): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (PC1106, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi: 10.7289/V51C1TVQ [access date].
Resource Providers
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC > Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Points of Contact
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC > Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Publishers
  • Publisher information not available.
Theme keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Science Keywords
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics > Acoustic Scattering
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Aquatic Sciences > Fisheries
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Pelagic
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Marine Ecosystems > Benthic
  • Earth Science > Biosphere > Ecosystems > Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
  • Earth Science > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Seafloor Topography
Instrument keywords Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Instrument Keywords
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Profilers/Sounders > Acoustic Sounders > WCMS > Water Column Mapping System
Place keywords International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Sea Area ("Limits of Oceans and Seas" publication S-23)
  • Gulf of Mexico
Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Location Keywords
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION > GLOBAL
  • Vertical Location > VERTICAL LOCATION > SEA FLOOR
Keywords
    Use Constraints
    • Cite as: Southeast Fisheries Science Center (2011): Water Column Sonar Data Collection (PC1106, EK60). National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi: 10.7289/V51C1TVQ [access date].
    Access Constraints
    • Resource will be available one year after initial collection.
    Fees
    • Free
    Lineage information for: series
    Processor
    Acquisition Information (collection)
    Instrument
    • Simrad ME70
    • Furuno FE700
    • Sea-Bird SBE 9
    Platform
    • Pisces (PC)
    Operation
    • PC1106_EK60
    Last Modified: 2017-05-30
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