MB-System Seafloor Mapping Software

Processing and Display of Swath Sonar Data

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David W. Caress,  Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Dale N. Chayes, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center University of New Hampshire & Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

Christian dos Santos Ferreira, MARUM Center of Marine Environmental Science of Universitat Bremen


Introduction

MB-System is an open source software package for the processing and display of bathymetry and backscatter imagery data derived from multibeam, interferometry, and sidescan sonars. The source code for MB-System is freely available (for free) by anonymous ftp (including “point and click” access through these web pages). A complete description is provided in this website.

MB-System was originally developed at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (L-DEO) and is now a collaborative effort between the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) University of New Hampshire and MARUM. The National Science Foundation has supported MB-System development since 1993. The Packard Foundation has provided the primary support for MB-System through MBARI since 1998.


Current Distribution Release Status

Latest Release: 5.5.2279 (8 July 2016)

Last GMT-4 Compatible Release: 5.4.2220 (27 February 2015)


Note:
MB-System is under active development and is updated periodically. This (usually) results in improved performance and additional capabilities, but often means that the documentation (including web pages) lag somewhat behind the actual software. Please bear with us and send your comments and suggestions.

Products

Data repository
Data policy
What is happening in Monterey Bay today?
Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System
Chemical data
Ocean float data
Slough data
Mooring ISUS measurements
M1 ISUS CTD Data Display
Southern Ocean Data
Mooring data
M1 Mooring Summary Data
M1 ADCP (CeNCOOS)
M1 Asimet
M1 Download Info
M1 EMeter
M1 Flourometer (CeNCOOS)
M1 GPS Location
Molecular and genomics data
ESP Web Portal
Seafloor mapping
Upper ocean data
Spatial Temporal Oceanographic Query System (STOQS) Data
Tide prediction
Image gallery
Video library
Research software
Video Annotation and Reference System
System Overview
Knowledgebase
Installation
Annotation Interface
Video Tape User Guide
Video File User Guide
Still Images User Guide
Installation
Annotation Glossary
Query Interface
Basic User Guide
Advanced User Guide
Results
Installation
Query Glossary
FAQ
VARS Publications
Oceanographic Decision Support System
MB-System seafloor mapping software
MB-System Documentation
MB-System Announcements
MB-System Announcements (Archive)
How to Download and Install MB-System
MB-System Discussion Lists
MB-System FAQ
Matlab scripts: Linear regressions
Introduction to Model I and Model II linear regressions
A brief history of Model II regression analysis
Index of downloadable files
Summary of modifications
Regression rules of thumb
Results for Model I and Model II regressions
Graphs of the Model I and Model II regressions
Which regression: Model I or Model II?
Matlab scripts: Oceanographic calculations
Matlab scripts: Sound velocity
Visual Basic for Excel: Oceanographic calculations
Educational resources
MBARI Summer Internship Program
Seminars
Previous seminars
David Packard Distinguished Lecturers
Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses (EARTH)
EARTH workshops
2016—New Brunswick, NJ
2015—Newport, Oregon
2016 Satellite workshop—Pensacola, FL
2016 Satellite workshop—Beaufort, NC
EARTH resources
EARTH lesson plans
Lesson plans—published
Lesson plans—development
Lesson drafts—2015
Lesson drafts—2016 Pensacola
Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Science Kits
Publications
Sample archive

Team

MB-System Core Group:

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David W. Caress

Software Engineer
MBARI
caress@mbari.org

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Dale Chayes

Affiliate Professor
UNH
dale@ccom.unh.edu

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Christian d. S. Ferreira

Seafloor Imaging Specialist
MARUM
cferreira@marum.de

Documentation Support:

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Krystle Anderson

Research Technician
MBARI
krystle@mbari.org