Ambient Noise in the Sea
CATHOLIC UNIV OF AMERICA WASHINGTON DC
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By ambient noise we mean the prevailing, sustained unwanted background of sound at some spot in the ocean. It excludes momentary, occasional sounds, such as the noise of a close-by passage of a ship or of an occasional rain squall. It is the background of noise, typical of the location and depth where a measuring hydrophone is located, against which a signal, such as the sound of a submarine or the echo from a target, must be detected. Ambient noise also excludes all forms of self-noise, such as the noise of current flow around the measurement hydrophone and its supporting structure, and obviously must exclude all forms of electrical noise. Thus, ambient noise is what is left over, so to speak, after identifiable, occasional noise sources are accounted for.