Mapping and surveying utilizing a BioSonics echo sounder unit produces more accurate and detailed results and includes a variety of multiple types of data points in just one survey.
BioSonics' hydroacoustic mapping can cover data points for all of the below in just one surveying session:
The Biosonics Echosounder system consists of hydroacoustic equipment, which operates from a slow-moving boat and records bottom depth, submerged vegetation height, and submerged vegetation density. This information is coupled with geographic location coordinates from a Global Positioning System (GPS) and stored together in digital files, representing submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) status and fish densities at points along transect lines. Visual Analyzer and Visual Habitat are used to quantify bottom thickness and plant data by analyzing the data collected and stored by the echosounder system and is used to extract SAV.
Clarke’s on-staff Certified Lake Manager has over a decade of experience in handling this piece of equipment and provides in-house mapping tools with meaningful and actionable findings in addition to the bathymetric surveys, vegetation mapping, and substrate classification findings.
For larger bodies of water such as lakes and rivers, BioSonics mapping’s data collection is important for assessing lake ecosystems, monitoring fish movement, and lake and stream health. This technology has proven to be an effective way to study various habitat influences, as well as map and monitor important physical and seasonal habitat parameters and act as a fish echo sounder.
BioSonics units are also particularly helpful for dredging analysis and planning and acting as a mud mapping tool. Their technology is sensitive enough to determine exactly how much soft-sediment an area has, which makes for a much easier dredging bid and planning process.
BioSonics provide the best solution for comprehensive waterbody mapping. If your lake or waterbody official bathymetry map has not been updated in ten years or more, Biosonic’s precise mapping methods will deliver up-to-date contours and depths
To speak with one of our experts to see if BioSonics fits your community's needs, contact us here. Clarke Aquatic Services is here to help guide you in your waterbody management process.