Acoustic backscatter and sediment textural properties of inner shelf sands, northeastern Gulf of Mexico Academic Article uri icon


  • The relationship between spatial variations of the properties of sea-floor sediments and acoustic backscatter from the surface of the sea floor on the continental shelf off of Panama City, Florida, USA, is investigated using surficial sediment grab samples and digital side-scan sonar data. Acoustic backscatter strength has a high, direct correlation with the mean grain size of the sediments. Acoustic backscatter strength also correlates directly with the carbonate content of the sediments, particularly in medium- and coarse-sand facies, because large, irregularly shaped, carbonate particles affect both the mean grain size of the sediments and the roughness of the surface of the sea floor.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Davis, K. S., Slowey, N. C., Stender, I. H., Fiedler, H., Bryant, W. R., & Fechner, G.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Davis, KS||Slowey, NC||Stender, IH||Fiedler, H||Bryant, WR||Fechner, G

publication date

  • September 1996