Multibeam Rotary Sonar
Multibeam Rotary Sonars (MRS) are devices used in underwater imaging. The use of wide beam and high speed, allows the display of an image from a wide field of view in a video-like fashion. Mounted on a platform, a multibeam transducer rotates at fixed increments and intervals to survey up to 360 degrees.
Repeated surveys with sonars enable scientists to analyze the changing conditions of the seafloor due to sedimentation or bioturbation. They can also identify occurrences of transient objects that back scatter in the water column such as fish and gas bubbles. Multibeam rotary sonars have been used to detect methane gas plumes that escape from the seafloor at "Bubbly Gulch" near Bullseye Vent at Clayoquot Slope.
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