Marine Ecosystem Assessment

Eelgrass is a vital aspect of many coastal ecosystems as it provides productive habitats for fishery resources.  With the threat of global climate change comes the need for a more comprehensive understanding of marine ecosystem.  Side-scan sonar imagery, towed/ROV video observations and acoustic seafloor classification techniques are easily integrated to delineate and study eelgrass beds.

Marine vegetation details extracted from high frequency bathymetric survey

Whether it’s a natural or manmade disturbance, Terra has the capability to monitor and provide a range of information on marine environments.  These proven techniques can provide invaluable information in support of coastal ecosystem assessment and can help guide sustainable resource management.

side-scan sonar vegetation profile