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Water Column Sonar Data Collection
browse graphicThe 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.

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Water Column Sonar Data Map Viewer
Interactive map viewer to allow discovery and access to water column sonar data
Raw instrument files
Format version: (version is unknown)

Ordering Instructions
Contact the NCEI Water Column Sonar Data Manager to order data

Use Limitation
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.

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Citation Recommendation: Cite as: National Centers for Environmental Information: Water Column Sonar Data Collection. National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA. doi:10.7289/V5HT2M7C [access date]


Data is publicly available and free to use