Sub-bottom profiling systems identify and measure various marine sediment layers that exist below the sediment/water interface. These acoustic systems use a technique that is similar to single beam echo sounders. A sound source emits an acoustic signal vertically downwards into the water and a receiver monitors the return signal that has been reflected off the sea floor. Some of the acoustic signal will penetrate the seabed and be reflected when it encounters a boundary between two layers that have different acoustic impedance. The system uses this reflected energy to provide information on sediment layers beneath the sediment-water interface.
Acoustic impedance is related to the density of the material and the rate at which sound travels through the material. When there is a change in acoustic impedance, such as the water-sediment interface, part of the transmitted sound is reflected. However, some of the sound energy penetrates through the boundary and into the sediments. This energy is reflected when it encounters boundaries between deeper sediment layers having different acoustic impedance. The system uses the energy reflected by these layers to create a profile of the marine sediments. Several sonar parameters (output power, signal frequency, pulse length and processing techniques) affect the instrument performance.
|Product||Water Depth||Sediment Type||Penetration|
|StrataBox HD||<=150 Meters||Fluid Sediments, Silt/Clay||Up to 40 Meters|
|Bathy-2010P/PC||<=5000 Meters||All Types||Up to 300 Meters|
|Bathy-2010||<=Full Ocean Depth||All Types||Up to 300 Meters|