NOAA's NOS/NCCOS/CCMA Biogeography Branch, in collaboration with NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Office and other territory and federal partners, acquired interferometric backscatter and bathymetry data in Puerto Rico from 04/07/2009 to 04/21/2009. Data were acquired with a pole-mounted Teledyne Benthos C3D-LPM interferometric SoNAR (200 kHz) and processed using CARIS HIPS and SIPS v7.0 software. The backscatter data were geometrically and radiometrically corrected using the Geocoder module in Hypack 2009. Acoustic backscatter mosaics are an important piece of information when characterizing surficial seafloor features and delineating benthic habitats.
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The correct sound velocity values at the sonar head were located in the look up server log text file for each day. An example of a server log is shown below:
Tue Apr 07 15:53:40 2009:Ping# 48889 S/ch 1902 Rng(m)49.9 Lty 592.017889 SpeedSound=1540.562256 Tue Apr 07 15:53:40 2009:Ping# 48890 S/ch 1902 Rng(m)49.9 Lty 650.454044 SpeedSound=1540.562256 Tue Apr 07 15:53:40 2009:Ping# 48891 S/ch 1902 Rng(m)49.9 Lty 599.314928 SpeedSound=1540.562256
The SV values in the server log, however, were 1 m/s too slow (due to a calibration issue). Consequently, a value of 1 m/s was added to each SV value in the server log files before they were used to replace the SV values in the HSX files (using a custom script built by NOAA's Biogeography Branch). In all, SV values in 662 HSX lines were replaced using SV values from 12 separate server log files. These adjusted lines were then imported into CARIS v7.0.