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National Multi-Beam Bathymetry Surveys

Region(s) of Study: U.S. States and Territories

Hydrographic surveys support a variety of activities: nautical charting, port and harbor maintenance (dredging), coastal engineering (beach erosion and replenishment studies), coastal zone management, and offshore resource development. Most surveys are primarily concerned with water depth. Of additional concern is the nature of the sea floor material (i.e. sand, mud, rock) because of the implications for anchoring, dredging, structure construction, pipeline and cable routing and fisheries habitat.

Aquaculture application: Development and planning for aquaculture activities.

Contributing Partners: MarineCadastre, NCEI, UNH

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