Backscatter [7125]-- Offshore of Monterey Map Area, California

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Description This part of DS 781 presents 2-m-resolution Reson 7125 data for the acoustic-backscatter map of Offshore of Monterey map area, California. These metadata describe acoustic-backscatter data collected and processed by California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), Seafloor Mapping Lab and processed into a map sheet by the U.S. Geological Survey. The raster data files are included in "Backscatter_7125_Monterey.zip," which is accessible from https://doi.org/10.5066/F7F47M6T. This 2-m-resolution Reson 7125 acoustic backscatter map of Offshore of Monterey map area, California, was generated from backscatter data collected by California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) using a 200-kHz/400-kHz Reson 7125 multibeam echosounder. Within the final imagery, brighter tones indicate higher backscatter intensity, and darker tones indicate lower backscatter intensity. The intensity represents a complex interaction between the acoustic pulse and the seafloor, as well as characteristics within the shallow subsurface, providing a general indication of seafloor texture and composition. Backscatter intensity depends on the acoustic source level; the frequency used to image the seafloor; the grazing angle; the composition and character of the seafloor, including grain size, water content, bulk density, and seafloor roughness; and some biological cover. Harder and rougher bottom types such as rocky outcrops or coarse sediment typically return stronger intensities (high backscatter, lighter tones), whereas softer bottom types such as fine sediment return weaker intensities (low backscatter, darker tones). Reference Cited: California State University, Monterey Bay Seafloor Mapping Laboratory Data Library, 2015. Available at http://seafloor.otterlabs.org/SFMLwebDATA.htm (last accessed February 2016 [More]
Originators Dartnell, Peter; Kvitek, Rikk G.; Johnson, Samuel Y.; Hartwell, Stephen R.; Cochrane, Guy R.; Golden, Nadine E.; Watt, Janet T.; Davenport, Clifton W.; Erdey, Mercedes D.; Krigsman, Lisa M.; Sliter, Ray W.; and Maier, Katherine L.

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Acoustic backscatter imagery of Offshore of Monterey map area.
Acoustic backscatter imagery of Offshore of Monterey map area.