Survey Vessel Husky Traveler

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.

For Additional Information

Robert Shuchman, Ph.D.

Mike Sayers
Research Engineer

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