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Measuring uncertainty in multibeam bathymetry data: An analysis of spatial randomness


Huang, Z and Siwabessy, JW and Lucieer, VL, Measuring uncertainty in multibeam bathymetry data: An analysis of spatial randomness, GeoHab (Maine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping), 5th - 9th May 2014, Lorne, Australia, pp. 43. (2014) [Conference Extract]


In the past two decades, multibeam sonar systems have become the preferred seabed mapping tool. Many users have assumed that multibeam bathymetry data are highly accurate in spatial position. In reality, both vertical and horizontal uncertainties exist in every data point. These uncertainties are often represented as one single measure of Total Propagated Uncertainty (TPU). TPU is important to understand because it affects the quality of products generated from multibeam bathymetry data. To account for the magnitude and spatial distribution of this influence, an objective uncertainty analysis is required. Randomisation is the key process in such an uncertainty analysis. This study compared two randomisation methods, restricted spatial randomness (RSR) and complete spatial randomness (CSR), in an uncertainty analysis of a slope gradient dataset derived from multibeam bathymetry data. CSR regards data error in every grid cell as independent and assumes that the data error varies within a known statistical distribution without any neighbourhood effect. RSR assumes spatial structure and thus spatial auto-correlation in the data.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Lucieer, VL (Dr Vanessa Lucieer)
ID Code:91378
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-05-16
Last Modified:2014-05-19

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