IEDA: Marine Geoscience Data System

Navigation Type Descriptions

Navigation TypeDescription
ACOUSTIC_RANGING/GPSAcoustic ranging from a GPS-navigated ship to identify the location of instrumentation on the seafloor.
DGPSDifferential GPS
DVLDoppler Velocity Log
DVL/LBLReal-time DVL dead-reckoning navigation supplemented with LBL navigation to help constrain fixes to a geographic coordinate system. Errors on the order of 10s (sometimes 100s) of meters are likely in these data.
DVL/LBL/INSReal-time DVL dead-reckoning navigation supplemented with LBL navigation and INS (Inertial Navigation System) navigation.
DVL/LBL:RenavPost-processed to merge DVL with LBL navigation. When combined with LBL navigation, precision depth measurements, and gyrocompass attitude data, DVL navigation can result in vehicle positioning accuracy ranging from <1 meter to 10s of meters depending on deployment geometry and conditions, and the nature of the post-processing [Kinsey and Whitcomb, 2004, 2006; Ferrini et al., 2005; Kinsey et al., 2006; Ferrini et al., 2007]. **Note that sample position information derived from this navigation product MUST be manually verified (e.g. with bottom photos) to ensure the success of navigational post-processing.**
DVL/LBL:Renav:ConfirmedIndicates that the DVL/LBL:Renav positions have been confirmed by human inspection.
DVL:RenavDVL data post-processed to remove obvious errors in Doppler position data. Errors on the order of 10s of meters are likely to exist in these data and are due to the limitations of dead-reckoning navigation with DVL sonars. Users should refer to bottom photos to verify positioning information.
DVL:Renav:ConfirmedIndicates that the DVL:Renav positions have been confirmed by human inspection.
DVL/USBLReal-time DVL dead-reckoning navigation supplemented with USBL.
DVL/USBL:RenavPost-processed to merge Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) with Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) navigation.
GLONASSGlobal Navigation Satellite System
GPSGlobal Positioning System
GPS:AssumedGPS was available and has been assumed to be the source of navigational information.
GPS/WireOutShip navigated with GPS, but instrument launched on a wire. Typically, a layback calculation is done to determine the precise instrument location.
LAYBACKLayback navigation is typically calculated based on (1) the ship's GPS coordinates, (2) the amount of wire out to the towed platform, (3) the water depth of the platform (if available).
LAYBACK/LBLLayback navigation supplemented with LBL
LAYBACK:RenavLAYBACK navigation was used, but repositioning was done during post-processing, typically based on feature-matching.
LBLReal-time Long BaseLine navigation [Hunt et al., 1974; Milne, 1983]. Utilizes travel times from acoustic transponders deployed near the seafloor to calculate positional information. Motion of the transponders, which are typically deployed on long tethers (up to 600 m in high relief terrain), result in motion of the reference frame, introducting positioning uncertainties on the order of meters.
LBL:RenavCleaned Long BaseLine (LBL) navigation data.
LocalePosition substituted from neighboring physiographic feature or deployed instrument.
LORANLOng RAnge Navigation
NotApplicableNavigational information is not available.
NotProvidedNavigational information was not provided.
RTK GPSReal-Time Kinematic GPS
USBLUltra-Short Baseline


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