Influence of Bathymetry on the Propagation of Signals and Noise
Rept. for 7-9 Feb 1990
NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS
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The ambient noise field is a complex and highly variable phenomena with many components, including contributions due to shipping. Spatial characteristics e.g., the horizontal directionality of the ambient noise field have been measured with towed line arrays in many of the major water masses of the world. This paper addresses the effects of bathymetry on the propagation and measurement of ambient noise can be fully understood only when the bathymetry along the propagation paths has been considered. Examples of measured data are presented illustrating the effects of bathymetric stripping and bathymetric shielding on the spatial character of the ambient noise. Other examples of measured data will be shown demonstrating that bathymetric influences are not limited to a narrow frequency range. In addition, modelled data is used to illustrate the effects of the surrounding bathymetry on noise and signal propagation.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography