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Explores technology and application of sidescan sonar for sea floor exploration
Offers insight on identification of sea floor structures and processing of sidescan sonar data
Broadly-expanded and updated from 1997 edition
Seafloor surveying with acoustic remote sensing has become a powerful tool for researchers and professionals seeking knowledge about the structure and behavior of the seafloor. Sidescan sonar is proving to be the preeminent technique, but its data is often difficult to interpret due to the physics of acoustic remote sensing, and to the varied geological processes at play. This book covers all the fundamentals of sidescan sonar, and goes on to explain how to interpret sidescan sonar imagery and bathymetry. It fully explores the most recent advances in sonar technology as well as new understanding of marine structures, and provides deep insights for interpretation and decision-making. Broadly expanded and updated from the previous 1997 "Handbook of Seafloor Sonar Imagery", this handbook is indispensable to oceanographers, resource exploiters, telecommunications engineers, and marine researchers of all kinds.
Acoustic signals and data acquisition.- Imagery and bathymetry.- Sidescan sonar data processing.- Spreading and subduction.- Abyssal basins and the polar seas.- Continental margins.- Shallow-water environments.- Man-made structures.- Anomalies and artifacts.- Computer-assisted interpretation.- Conclusion.