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Subbottom profiling on a Zodiac

Posted by Nina Wittenberg & Christian Hass (AWI), Germany on 6 December 2010

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Saturday turned out to be the perfect day to eventually run the "SES-light" (the parametric echosounder) for the first time.

Potter Cove was entirely smooth and no ice was floating. So we schlepped our heavy equipment onto the zodiac except the transducer. The transducer was deployed on a floater and towed behind the boat. After some initial program configurations the system was ready to perform and start the subbottom profiling. To explain the instrument very briefly: the system emits two sound waves of different frequencies and these two create a narrow sound beam which is able to penetrate the bottom sediment in the Cove. What we get as a result is the visualisation of subbottom sediment layers in the inner Potter Cove. We achieved a high resolution penetration between 10 to 20 meters beneath the seafloor. It is very important that the main unit of the system is protected against any kind of water, so we figured out how to remote-control it with a laptop. We packed the main unit (by the way: > 50 kg weight) into a Zarges box and channelled all cables through a hole we cut in the box before. The remote-control laptop was located in another box which we could access relatively easy when we needed to change some settings (thus all the time). After a couple of hours, virtually no wind but some heavy snow showers the first transect lines (> 9 nautical miles)  were shot and most exciting data were recorded.

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  • Hallo,hoffe es läuft gut bei Euch, liebe Grüsse.

    Posted by Moritz, 06/12/2010 2:51pm (11 years ago)

  • Cool blog Nina! Maybe you can explain a little bit more, why it is important to get an idea of the sedimentary stratigraphy and the bottom topography in Potter Cove, doris

    Posted by doris, 06/12/2010 9:21am (11 years ago)

  • sehr gut!! Ihr macht wirklich gute Arbeit bei widrigen Umständen. Drücke euch weiter die Daumen.

    Herzliche Grüße an alle, Gerhard

    Posted by Gerhard Kuhn, 06/12/2010 8:44am (11 years ago)

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