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Water Column Sonar Data Collection
Entry ID: gov.noaa.ngdc.mgg.wcd.WCD_Collection

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Abstract: The collection and analysis of water column sonar data is a relatively new avenue of research into the marine environment. Primary uses include assessing biological abundance, species identification,and habitat characterization. It is also useful for evaluating underwater gas seeps, characterizing the seafloor and bathymetry. The goals of this collection are to archive water column sonar data collected on NOAA, academic and international fleets, and to make the data available to researchers and the public around the world.

Purpose: The intent of the Water Column Sonar Data Collection is to archive and make available water column sonar data to researchers and the public for a wide variety of uses such as fisheries studies, ocean properties and seafloor characteristics.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -65.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Title: Water Column Sonar Data Collection
Dataset Release Date: 2011-05-11T00:00:00.000Z
Version: Not provided
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2001-07-15
Use Constraints Cite as: National Centers for Environmental Information: Water Column Sonar Data Collection. National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA.
doi:10.7289/V5HT2M7C [access date]
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Data Center
National Geophysical Data Center, NESDIS, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 828-271-4800
Fax: +1 828-271-4876
Email: ncdc.orders at
Contact Address:
151 Patton Avenue
Federal Building, Room 468
City: Asheville
Province or State: NC
Postal Code: 28801-5001
Country: USA
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Distribution Format: Raw instrument files
Fees: Free
Phone: (303) 497-4742
Email: at
Contact Address:
325 Broadway, Mail Code E/NE42
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80305-3328
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2017-01-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-06-07