Acoustic seabed classification (ASC) is an important method for understanding landscape-level physical and biological patterns in the aquatic environment. Bottom habitats in the Laurentian Great Lakes are poorly mapped to date, and will require a variety of contributors and data sources to complete. We repurposed a long-term split-beam echosounder dataset gathered for purposes of fisheries assessment to estimate lakebed properties utilizing unsupervised classification of echo return data. We extracted first echo properties and analyzed lakebed hardness and roughness to define and map three statistically supported lakebed classes revealed through cluster analysis. Our results indicate coherent and logical class boundaries, and suggest that the dataset has promise for expanded use in ASC.
|Title||Lakebed features extracted from single-beam sonar in two Laurentian Great Lakes|
|Authors||Samuel D Pecoraro, Peter C Esselman, Timothy P O'Brien, Steve A Farha, David M Warner|
|Product Type||Data Release|
|Record Source||USGS Digital Object Identifier Catalog|
|USGS Organization||Great Lakes Science Center|