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Sidescan-sonar surveys of critical habitats in Long Island Sound, Connecticut

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Abstract

The Long Island Sound estuary is located in the most densely populated region of the U.S.. Due to the enormous surrounding population, large inputs of anthropogenic wastes and toxic chemicals, benthic habitats were degraded. To address this environmental problem, sidescan-sonar mosaics are being developed within specific areas of critical concern. Detailed bathymetric and high-resolution seismic-reflection data assist in interpretations of relief, to relate bottom features to the underlying stratigraphy, and to estimate thicknesses of surficial sediments. To date, several continuous-coverage sidescan-sonar surveys have been completed. These surveys show that the sedimentary environments and benthic habitats in Long Island Sound vary spatially over short distances.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Conference Paper
Publication Subtype:
Conference Paper
Title:
Sidescan-sonar surveys of critical habitats in Long Island Sound, Connecticut
Year Published:
1995
Language:
English
Publisher:
ASCE
Publisher location:
New York, NY, United States
Larger Work Title:
Coastal Zone: Proceedings of the Symposium on Coastal and Ocean Management
First page:
359
Last page:
360
Number of Pages:
2
Conference Title:
Proceedings of the 9th 1995 Conference on Coastal Zone
Conference Location:
Tampa, FL, USA
Conference Date:
16 July 1995 through 21 July 1995