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Modeling of Acoustic Field Statistics for Deep and Shallow Water Environments and 2015 CANAPE Pilot Study Moored Oceanographic Observations

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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The primary objective of this work is the development of accurate, and computationally efficient, reduced-physics acoustic propagation models for the prediction of the statistics of ocean acoustic signals in both shallow and deep-water environments. Examples of acoustic field statistics of interest are mean intensity, coherence, and intensity variance. The focus here is primarily on the Philippine Sea, and the SW06 site off the New Jersey coast, since these are the most recent and complete data sets. Reduced physics models are important not only because they are computationally efficient but also because they elucidate the relevant space-time scales of ocean variability affecting acoustical fields. This knowledge allows for more focused study on those oceanographic processes that will have large acoustical influences. Therefore centrally related to the primary objective of this research is an effort to characterize ocean sound-speed variability, and develop ocean models that can be easily assimilated into acoustic fluctuation calculations. In the Philippine Sea, models of eddies, internal tides, internal waves, and fine structure spice are needed, while in the shallow water case a models of the random linear internal waves and spice are lacking.

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  • Acoustics
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

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