if what you want is something like an image reflecting the topography
of your areas sea bottom, then probably the best will be to use a side
However, if you want to obtain data on height and coverage of seaweeds
in your area, together with a rough bathymetry of that area, then your
best bet is using vertical acoustics.
I recommend you have a look at the following sites:
rel="nofollow">http://www.biosonicsinc.com/</A> , particularly:
rel="nofollow">http://www.ices.dk/reports/ftc/2001/JOINT01.pdf</A> (see under
ACOUSTICS FOR DETECTING AQUATIC VEGETATION)
I have recently done two projects on SAV (Submerged Aquatic
Vegetation) detection. In both cases this included also establishing
bathymetric maps and the evaluation of bottom types. By the way, with
the same tool you get also estimates of fish abundance and spatial
distribution, so you can assess your entire system with one single
tool. And it's cheaper than a multibeam...
Feel free to contact me if you feel this is what you are interested
in. I will be away from my office until April 22.
Tania Siemens wrote:
> My name is Tania Siemens and I am studying the way in which fish
> changed by an invasive aquatic weed in a mangrove lagoon in the
> Islands. I would like to use acoustics to characterize the vertical
> structure of habitat. I think it might be possible to lower a sideways
> looking (small) acoustic device and record the images, which would
> function as a index of habitat
> structure. This way I could quantitatively compare this habitat
> structure (heterogeneity vs. homogeneity) to invaded (grass) and non
> (mangroves) sites.
> Do you know of any such acoustic devise that might work for me?
> refer me to someone who has done a similar study or might be able
> me some direction?
> Thank you,
> Tania Siemens
> Tania J. Siemens
> Phone: (607) 255-3191
> Graduate Student Fax:
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