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Water Column Sonar Data Collection
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 NGCD is collection and archiving of this data from a number of sources including the NOAA and academic fleets, and making the data available to researchers and the public around the world.