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Thematic accuracy assessment of acoustic seabed data for shallow benthic habitat mapping


Halley, V and Bruce, E, Thematic accuracy assessment of acoustic seabed data for shallow benthic habitat mapping, The International Journal of Environmental Studies, 64, (1) pp. 93 - 109. ISSN 0020-7233 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00207230601157419


A single beam acoustic ground discrimination system (AGDS) was used to survey 1.25 km2 of shallow (< 20 m depth) seabed on the northeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. This paper investigates the uncertainties associated with the qualitative interpretation of real time and post-processed acoustic signal, and the effect of track spacing on the mapping of rocky reef distribution. The survey was repeated with different track spacing (50 m, 100 m, 200 m and 50 × 200 m shore normal) to investigate the influence of data density and 'knowledge based interpolation' validated against direct measurements made with an underwater video camera. Habitat area calculations varied substantially only with the 50 × 200 m transect. These results have important implications for the qualitative assessment and application of AGDS technology in shallow water marine habitat mapping. © 2007 Taylor & Francis.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Other environmental sciences
Research Field:Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Halley, V (Dr Vanessa Lucieer)
ID Code:46318
Year Published:2007
Deposited By:TAFI - Marine Research Laboratory
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2010-08-17

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