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Integrated System for Analysis and Characterization of the Sea floor

Objective



The overall objective of ISACS is to prove the feasibility of analysis and characterization of the seafloor by exploitation and suitable integration of data gathered from commercially available sonar equipment.
The project will treat acoustic backscattered data representative of a volume of sediment coming from multibeam echosounders, side-scan-sonars and bottom penetraling parametric sonars. The project will design an integrated representalion of such data, il will develop signal and image processing tools for extracting the major features from the data, it will determine the geoacoustic properties from the acoustic backscattered data and it will detect and possible identify buried or semi-buried objects. The whole chain of the processing will be done in an automatic way.
The feasibility of the ISACS approach will be verified by a series of field experiment conducted at well-controlled sites in the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean and in the Baltic sea. The acoustic data will be complemented and compared with geotechnical and in-situ seismic measurement.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
Address

7034 Trondheim
Norway

Participants (6)

FUGRO ENGINEERS B.V.
Netherlands
Address
10,Veurse Achterweg 10
2260 AG Leidschendam
National Defence Research Establishment
Sweden
Address

172 01 Sundbyberg
ROYAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Sweden
Address
8,Teknikringen 8
100 44 Stockholm
SACLANT UNDERSEA RESEARCH CENTER
Italy
Address
Viale San Bartolomeo 400
19138 La Spezia
UNIVERSITY OF GENOVA
Italy
Address
13,Via All'opera Pia 13
16145 Genova
Universidade do Algarve
Portugal
Address
Campus De Gambelas
8004 Faro