Our world is primarily covered in water, yet the ocean remains one of the last unexplored frontiers on our planet, with only a small percentage of it mapped to modern standards. Knowledge of the three-dimension shape, structure and materials that make up this under-explored area is the foundation of nearly all other ocean sciences. However, collecting ocean mapping is challenging and requires complex sonar systems that operate from ocean-going vessels. This course will explore the theory, tools, and applications of mapping the ocean floor using sonar. Students will get hands-on experience with various sonar systems and experience ocean data collection. Activities during the week will engage students with engineering and science principles, marine robotics, and modern software to create 3D maps of the ocean floor.
Example Career Connections: Geomatics Engineer, Hydrographer, Geophysicist, Oceanographer, Marine Robotics Technologist