An extended surface target for high-frequency multibeam echo sounder calibration.

Academic Article


  • An extended calibration target has been developed for calibrating the intensity output of a multibeam echo sounder (MBES). The target was constructed of chain links arranged similar to a curtain, providing an extended surface target with a mean scattering strength of -17.8 dB at 200 kHz. The target was used to calibrate a 200 kHz MBES, and the MBES was subsequently used to collect seafloor backscatter over sand and gravel seafloors. Field results were compared with calibrated split-beam echo sounder measurements at an incidence angle of 45°. The results suggest that the chain target is a viable MBES calibration tool.
  • Authors

  • Heaton, John L
  • Rice, Glen
  • Weber, Thomas
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • April 2017
  • Has Subject Area

    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 28464679
  • Start Page

  • EL388
  • Volume

  • 141
  • Issue

  • 4