Building Underwater Features Using Sonar Mapping
Scientists and engineers interested in mapping the ocean floor use many tools and methods. Two of these methods include sonar (sound detection and ranging) and lidar (light detection and ranging). Students will analyze simulated sonar data to map surface elevations on a grid. Next, they determine what kind of surface feature is displayed by the data. Students then build a physical model representing their data.
Objectives & learning outcomes
- Students will be able to read and interpret maps showing different topography
- Students will be able to construct different undersea features and communicate their physical characteristics