Accession Number:

ADA256608

Title:

Coastal Benthic Boundary Layer Special Research Program. Program Direction and Workshop Recommendations

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

164.0

Abstract:

A 5-year Special Research Program SRP has been established at the Naval Research Laboratory that addresses the physical characterization and modeling of benthic boundary layer processes and the subsequent impact of these processes on the seafloor properties that affect mine countermeasure operations. This special project outlines the SRP scientific program and reviews the results of the four workshops convened to establish scientific priorities. Workshop participants agreed that sediment structure provides the common perspective to quantitatively model relationships among sediment physical properties to quantify the effects of environmental processes on sediment properties and to model sediment behavior acoustic, electrical, and mechanical. Hypotheses based on quantitative physical models that incorporate three-dimensional sediment structure will be tested by a series of field experiments at coastal locations where differing environmental processes dominate sediment structure. These experiments stress the role of sediment structure in determining high-frequency acoustic phenomena such as scattering, penetration, and propagation, as well as the physical relationships between remotely sensed acoustic properties and mechanical strength parameters. Acoustics, Sediments, Mines.

Subject Categories:

  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Acoustic Detection and Detectors
  • Optical Countermeasures

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE