You might call me the ultimate beginner, seeing as I don't even own a Pi yet. This means this thread is not about specific issues, rather trying to get your expert opinion about the feasibility of a project I have in mind.
I am a postgraduate student in Earth Sciences, and am currently following a master's programme. For my graduation research for my master's, I will be going on fieldwork in August and September. As a (small) part of this graduation research, I will have to make detailed bathymetric maps (depth contours) of two lakes, roughly 2,5 km in diameter. While this is traditionally done by recording coordinates and depth measurements (GPS, sonar) by hand, I thought it may be possible to record these parameters (x, y, z) with the use of the Raspberry Pi.
This is where you lot come in, because as explained previously, I have zero experience with the Pi. Neither am I an expert in programming (although I have used some basic Python/R during my undergraduate and postgraduate courses), but I am willing to learn.
What are your thoughts on the feasibility of this project? Do you think I could configure a Pi and auxiliary equipment (pre-existing GPS - Garmin I believe - and sonar - of unknown make) in such a way that these would (relatively) easily record my position on a lake and the depth at that location?
Thank you for your time,