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Cable Tracking Requirements in the New Millennium

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The beginning of the new millennium marks a turning point in requirements for submarine fiberoptic cable location and tracking, brought about primarily by the increasing number of cable networks laid along coastal margins and continental shelves as opposed to direct intercontinental connections over deep ocean basins. This change will result in significantly greater percentages of total cable lengths that will require burial and will also result in a substantial fraction of buried lengths beyond maximum practical range of shore-induced a.c. tones. In addition, the recent and projected increases in bandwidth and volume make lost revenues due to cable downtime increasingly more costly to cable owners, leading to desirability of increased protection by deeper burial depths out to deeper water depths. In this paper, the physical limitations of various techniques for locating, tracking and determining the burial depth of cables powered and unpowered are discussed, and strategies for meeting the requirements posed for the new millennium are considered.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2000

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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