- "Scattered" information (as used here) is data at a single location.
- "Swath" information (as used here) is composed of multiple, simultaneous observations relative to a single location.
- Scattered information may come from a variety of sources: single observations, observations along tracklines, extractions for gridded data sets, etc.
- The location is commonly a latitude, longitude pair.
- UTM x/y coordinates are sometimes used.
- The information at the location may be one or many values.
- Commonly a "time stamp" (the time the observation was made) is one of the values.
- Scattered information occurs in the InfoBank as:
- time series -- <Activity_ID>.### files containing time sequential information.
- swath -- files containing swath bathymetric information.
- InfoBank navigation file names:
- <Activity_ID>.0## -- Navigation information
- <Activity_ID>.1## -- Gravity information
- <Activity_ID>.2## -- Magnetics information
- <Activity_ID>.3## -- Bathymetry information
- <Activity_ID>.4## -- Seismic information
- <Activity_ID>.6## -- Range Navigation information
- fullres.dat -- Swath bathymetry information
- A "time" key is associated with each record for correlation with other scattered information data sets.
"As long as I'm faced in the right direction,
it does not matter the size of my steps." --