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 January saw the delivery, testing and installation at SAMS of the new multibeam bathymetric sonar on R/V Calanus. The multibeam sonar uses multiple beams of sound to accurately map the shape of the seafloor. This is an invaluable tool for both basic hydrographic mapping of the UK shelf as well as scientific uses such studying habitats and seafloor sediment processes.

SAMS system is a Reson Seabat 8124 and uses 80 beams of sound 4 times a second, over a 120 degree angle. This provides seabed coverage of over 1km in water depths up to 300m. 


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