Philippe Blondel

THE HANDBOOK OF SIDESCAN SONAR The Handbook of Sidescan Sonar describes the most up-to-date methods of mapping the sea floor. The book explains how to interpret sidescan sonar imagery and bathymetry. It shows the most recent advances, both in the technology and in the knowledge of marine structures, and provides a help to interpretation and decision-making.

In addition, the Handbook presents seafloor structures previously unpublished and important for new studies of the environment and coastal regions. These include new high-resolution sonar images of cold-water coral reefs, gas seepage and pockmarks, mines, shipwrecks, cables and harbour obstacles.

This unique book forms a single source of reference covering all the stages of data acquisition, processing and interpretation. It covers all environments found on Earth, from the deepest to the shallowest, and presents examples from all sorts of sonar instruments.

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms
  1. Introduction
  2. Acoustic signals and data acquisition
  3. Imagery and bathymetry
  4. Sidescan sonar data processing
  5. Spreading and subduction
  6. Abyssal basins and the polar seas
  7. Continental margins
  8. Shallow-water environments
  9. Man-made structures
  10. Anomalies and artifacts
  11. Computer-assisted interpretation
  12. Conclusion

Extent: 352 pages, 8-page colour section
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-3-540-42641-7

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