Shallow-Water Mud Acoustics
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy United States
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Goals include the development of models and methods that explain observed material and acoustic properties of different physical types of shallow-ocean mud sediments. Other goals are to assess prior data relating to the acoustic properties of mud and to provide guidance in the development and interpretation of experiments. A related goal is to construct models that will guide inversion techniques for inferring properties of mud sediments, for estimating accuracy of results, and for use in applications. These goals are science relevant to resolving long-term Naval problems of transmission loss and array response in shallow water over mud sediments and of acoustic detection, localization, and classification of objects buried in mud.