Marine Geoscience Data System
Near-bottom ROV multibeam bathymetry grid (netCDF format) from the Octopus Garden hydrothermal spring site
Near-bottom high-resolution bathymetry data were collected with a Reson 7125 multibeam sonar that is part of the MBARI Low Altitude Survey System (LASS) mounted for two dives in 2021 to the ROV Doc Ricketts, which was flown at 3 m altitude at speeds <= 1.0 m/s to produce 5 cm-resolution bathymetry grids and images from the multibeam. The grid file presented here is in GMT-compatible netCDF format and the projection is UTM zone 10N. Position and attitude data were provided by a Kearfott SeaDevil Inertial Navigation System (INS) integrated with a 1200 kHz Teledyne RD Instruments Doppler velocity log (DVL) and a Paroscientific pressure sensor. The LASS sensor package was mounted in an articulating frame within an ROV tool sled that rotates from pointing the sensors vertically down to horizontally forward, allowing surveys of flat to vertical seafloor. The articulation is automated by closing a control loop around the difference between the forward and backward beams of the DVL. Funding was provided by a grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to MBARI.
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Reson:SeaBat 7125
Doc Ricketts (ROV)
The data have been processed/modified to a level beyond that of basic quality control (e.g. final processed sonar data, photo-mosaics).

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