Variability and Sensitivity of Coupled Mixed Layer-Acoustic Model Systems.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This study is the first reported analysis of coupled mixed layer-acoustic model systems. The analysis emphasizes the performance of the combined systems rather than the acoustic or ocean models separately. Acoustic variability of the coupled model systems was studied in terms of the median detection range MDR. Synoptic time variations of MDR as a function of figure of merit, frequency and receiver depth were analyzed during the month of May 1980 at OWS Papa in order to provide a better insight into the operational capabilities of model systems to accurately represent the actual oceanic variability. The results of this limited analysis revealed that the model systems displayed more day-to-day acoustic MDR variability than did direct environmental input BT. The capability to accurately model the thermal structure was reviewed with the following results. No significant correlation was observed between the EOTS model and the actual BT mixed layer depths while there appeared to be a strong positive correlation between the ODT model driven by atmospheric forcing and the BT mixed layer depths.
- Acoustic Detection and Detectors