Michigan Tech’s Survey Vessel, the “Husky Traveler,” is instrumental in field truthing satellite derived data. The Husky Traveler is outfitted to help with field data collection that assists in submerged aquatic vegetation, bathymetry and bottom type mapping, in the Great Lakes.
It uses include bathymetry mapping, Submerged Aquatic Vegetation verification, mapping and quantifying HABs, coastal vegetation characterization. The boat is equipped with a Lowrance depth sounder and side scan sonar.
The Husky Traveler allows for the verification of the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation mapping programs at MTRI. Parameters such as water clarity and vegetation presence are measured at various locations in the Lower Great Lakes.
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation map derived from Landsat 5 satellite imagery
Calibration and validation for bathymetric and bottom type mapping can easily be collected using the Husky Traveler in the Great Lakes. MTRI is using these data and satellite imagery to map bathymetry for the National Park Service in the Great Lakes.
Robert Shuchman, Ph.D.
Side Scan Sonar Sensor
Image of Side Scan Sonar
Example Bathymetry Map for Glen Haven, MI Area
Calibration Data and Husky Traveler Route Map
Bathymetry Interpolation from Calibration Data