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Water Column Sonar Data Collection

browse graphicImage of water column sonar data collected on the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer
The collection and analysis of water column sonar data is a relatively new avenue of research into the marine environment. Primary uses include assessing biological abundance, species identification,and habitat characterization. It is also useful for evaluating underwater gas seeps, characterizing the seafloor and bathymetry. The goals of this collection are to archive water column sonar data collected on NOAA, academic and international fleets, and to make the data available to researchers and the public around the world.

Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center (2014): Water Column Sonar Data Collection. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5HT2M7C [access date]

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Distribution Formats
  • Raw instrument files(.raw, .wcd)
Distributor DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Point of Contact Chuck Anderson
DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
(303) 497-4742
wcd.info@noaa.gov
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Resource Provider
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC - National Geophysical Data Center
Publisher
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC - National Geophysical Data Center
Date(s)
  • creation: 2011-05-11
Dataset Progress Status Under development
Data Update Frequency: Irregular  -  Updated as needed
Purpose: The intent of the Water Column Sonar Data Collection is to archive and make available water column sonar data to researchers and the public for a wide variety of uses such as fisheries studies, ocean properties and seafloor characteristics.
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.
  • Produced by the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center. Not subject to copyright protection within the United States.
Time Period: 2011-05-11  to  Present
Spatial Bounding Box Coordinates:
N: 90
S: -90
E: 180
W: -180
Spatial Coverage Map:
Themes
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Ocean Acoustics > Acoustic Scattering
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Aquatic Sciences > Fisheries
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Bathymetry
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems
  • "EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Marine Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Benthic Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Biosphere > Aquatic Ecosystems > Pelagic Habitat
  • EARTH SCIENCE > Oceans > Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography > Seafloor Topography
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • DOC/NOAA/NMFS > National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Instruments
  • In Situ/Laboratory Instruments > Profilers/Sounders >Acoustic Sounders >WCMS >Water Column Mapping System
Places
  • Global
  • Sea Floor
Use Constraints
  • Cite as: National Geophysical Data Center (2014): Water Column Sonar Data Collection. National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5HT2M7C [access date]
Access Constraints
  • Data is publicly available and free to use
Fees
  • Free
Lineage Statement Lineage statement not available.
Processor
  • DOC/NOAA/NESDIS/NGDC > National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Processing Steps
  • The primary data in this collection consists of raw instrument files that were submitted to NGDC for archive. in addition, ancillary files such as water column profile data are also included. these files were submitted to NGDC through hard drive delivery, R2R or ftp. When possible, checksum values are compared to verify file integrity before being added to the archive. No other processing or quality control steps are applied ot data.

Metadata Last Modified: 2013-02-26

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