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First results of a deep tow CHIRP sonar seafloor imaging system

May 3, 1993

The latest and most innovative technology has been applied towards the development of a full-ocean depth multi-sensor sonar system using linear swept-FM (Chirp) technology. The seafloor imaging system (SIS- 7000) described herein uses Chirp sidescan sonar to provide high resolution imagery at long range, and Chirp subbottom sonar to provide high resolution profiles in both the near bottom and deeper subbottom. The tow vehicle contains a suite of full-ocean depth instrumentation for measuring various oceanographic parameters and for monitoring vehicle status. Top side systems include a sonar display and data logging system as well as real-time sensor status display and tow vehicle control system. This paper will present an overview of this system, describe its technology and capabilities, and present some initial results. 

Publication Year 1993
Title First results of a deep tow CHIRP sonar seafloor imaging system
DOI 10.4043/7115-MS
Authors M. Parent, Changle Fang, Thomas F. O'Brien, William W. Danforth
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70135886
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center