Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Illuminating the Ocean with Sound

24 May 2017

Curious about wideband and broadband echosounders? This video from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) shows how they are using data from a Simrad EK80 echosounder on the R/V Neil Armstrong to learn more about marine life in complex ecosystems.

"WHOI's new research vessel Neil Armstrong is equipped with an EK80 broadband acoustic echo sounder. It uses a wide range of sound frequencies to give scientists the ability to identify and distinguish among different types of marine life in the depths... Recent research has indicated that there may be up to 10 times more biomass in the ocean than previously thought. Now researchers have a new tool that will help them probe the depths to identify and distinguish among different types of marine life beneath the surface."

WHOI is an independent, non-profit organization in Massachusetts, U.S.A. dedicated to ocean research, exploration, and education. 

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