The C-SCAMP group at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science acquired a new multibeam system (RESON Seabat 7125) which will be used to produce extremely high resolution multibeam bathymetry and backscatter data.
Success of this project truly relies on the integration of many different technologies. The first step is the mapping process to obtain multibeam bathymetry which requires several data streams from the echosounder, GPS, POS MV, and tidal information among others.
After an area is mapped and we have high resolution multibeam bathymetry and backscatter, a subsequent cruise uses the C-BASS to image the bottom. This provides data on the states of reef fish and sea turtle populations as well as detailed information about habitat.