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ESP3: an open-source software for the quantitative processing of hydro-acoustic data


Ladroit, Y and Escobar-Flores, PC and Schimel, ACG and O'Driscoll, RL, ESP3: an open-source software for the quantitative processing of hydro-acoustic data, SoftwareX, 12 Article 100581. ISSN 2352-7110 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.softx.2020.100581


ESP3 is an open-source software to process single-beam and split-beam echosounder data. Multiple displays, analysis tools parameterizable algorithms are available to the user to scrutinise their data, and a scripting module allows applying these to entire surveys in batch processing. The software infrastructure is designed to handle large datasets with efficiency and consistency. With ESP3, one can implement robust workflows combining automated methods and expert decision-making to produce quantitative analysis of acoustic backscatter. While originally designed to process acoustic surveys for fish biomass estimation, ESP3 has also been used for studies of marine ecosystems and marine geophysical applications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hydro-acoustics, biomass estimation, fisheries management, marine science, oceanography
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Application software packages
UTAS Author:Ladroit, Y (Dr Yoann Ladroit)
ID Code:143413
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-03-16
Last Modified:2021-05-26
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