TitleAutomatic Segmentation of Multi-Beam Data for Predictive Mapping of Benthic Habitats on the Chella Seamount (North-Eastern Alboran Sea, Western Mediterranean)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsCoiras E, Iacono CLo, Grácia E, Dañobeitia J, Sanz JLuis
JournalIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
Date Publisheddec
KeywordsAcoustic imaging, automatic classification, benthic habitats, data fusion, marine geology
AbstractA reliable and objective classification method has been produced for the differentiation of benthic habitats in the seamount regions of the North-Eastern Alboran Sea. Acoustic backscatter and depth measurements from multi-beam data are automatically fused and then classified using video transects of known cold-water coral ecosystems as ground-truth. Results of the classification reveal the locations of potentially similar habitats in the region, and could be used as a base map for the planning of future scientific campaigns in the area. © 2008 IEEE.