Assessment in two shallow lakes of a hydroacoustic system for surveying aquatic macrophytes

Winfield, IJ, Onoufriou, C, O'Connell, Mark ORCID: 0000-0003-3402-8880, Godlewska, M, Ward, RM, Brown, AF and Yallop, ML (2007) Assessment in two shallow lakes of a hydroacoustic system for surveying aquatic macrophytes. Hydrobiologia, 584 (1). pp. 111-119. doi:10.1007/s10750-007-0612-y

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A technique for the rapid surveying of submersed aquatic vegetation by post-processing of data collected using a high frequency (420 kHz) digital echo sounder (BioSonics DT4000) has recently been developed and successfully tested in an estuarine environment. Evaluation of a digital echo sounder system for detection of submersed aquatic vegetation where it was used to map the cover and height of freshwater tape grass (Vallisneria americana) and seagrasses (Thalassia testudinum, Haladule wrightii and Syringodium filiforme). This technique, which is also spatially referenced by input from a global positioning system, has many potential applications in macrophyte studies in shallow lakes, although it has not yet been extensively tested in such habitats using systems of lower sound frequency. This paper reports such a test in two shallow (maximum depth c. 5.9 m) lakes of the Cotswold Water Park, U.K., using a 200 kHz digital echo sounder (BioSonics DT6000 and DT-X upgrade) and postprocessing analysis using the now commercially available software EcoSAV, which incorporates the algorithms of Sabol et al. (2002). Hydroacoustic assessment of the coverage by macrophytes, mainly Nuttall’s pondweed (Elodea nuttallii) and charophytes (Chara spp.), showed high agreement with those recorded during a simultaneous visual survey by underwater video recording (r2 = 0.8478, n = 74, P < 0.001). Assessment of macrophyte height was also apparently consistent between the two systems, although the video system could not produce quantitative data and so statistical assessment of the agreement was not possible. Repeated hydroacoustic surveys over the course of the winter of 2003–2004 were conducted in one lake and illustrate the application of this new macrophyte survey technique.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Hydroacoustic survey system; Aquatic macrophytes
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Mark O'Connell
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2017 16:16
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:59

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