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Fact Sheet 2013–3018

Integrated Synoptic Surveys Using an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle and Manned Boats

By P. Ryan Jackson

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Traditional surface-water surveys are being combined with autonomous technology to produce integrated surveys of bathymetry, water quality, and velocity in inland lakes and reservoirs. This new technology provides valuable, high-resolution, integrated data that allow a systems-based approach to understanding common environmental problems. This fact sheet presents several example applications of integrated surveys within inland lakes and coastal Lake Michigan and Lake Erie.

First posted May 14, 2013

For additional information contact:
Director, Illinois Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
201 W. University Ave., Suite 100
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 328–8747

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Suggested citation:

Jackson, P.R., 2013, Integrated synoptic surveys using an autonomous underwater vehicle and manned boats: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2013–3018, 4 p.,

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