Geological Survey of Canada Offshore Single Channel Seismic Reflection Data, Beaufort Shelf and Slope

High resolution seismic reflection data are collected by deploying acoustic sources (operating in the frequency range centered on 3.5 kHz) to provide a short duration sound pulse that can penetrate the seafloor and sub-seafloor sediments. The sound pulses are reflected by acoustic impedance contrasts back to the receiver of seismic system. An ensemble of sequential echoes forms what is called a seismic section, essentially a two-dimensional time slice or image of acoustic discontinuities in the subsurface. These acoustic images are interpreted by a mapping geologist or geophysicist to infer geological characteristics of the subsurface. Typically these high resolution systems are used to delineate seabed and sub-seabed geological structure down to depths of less than 50m below the seabed. At the Geological Survey of Canada, a variety of high resolution seismic systems are used to map the sub-seabed. Those collected with support from AANDC (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada) through the BREA program (Beaufort Regional Environmental Assessment) include only high-frequency swept frequency chirp systems that can resolve sub-metre structure (Knudsen 3.5kHz). These data have been collected in digital formats (generally the SEGY international standard), and are made publically available through various portals including the Polar Data Catalogue, Natural Resources Canada, the University of New Brunswick Ocean Mapping Group and Laval University. The NRCan distribution process is in development and will likely change by April 2015. The supplied url or FTP will likely be little changed; currently it houses only the older (scanned format) profile data on a cruise by cruise basis but this will also include digitally collected data, including the BREA - supported collections.

Metadata Access
Creator Steve Blasco;Edward King
Publisher Canadian Cryospheric Information Network
Contributor Natural Resources Canada - Geological Survey
Publication Year 2015
Rights Public
Language English
Discipline Environmental Research
Spatial Coverage (69N-72N,141W-112W)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2009-01-01T11:59:59Z
Temporal Coverage End 2015-03-31T11:59:59Z