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Sound Transmission through a Fluctuating Ocean


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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521142458

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  • The ocean is transparent to sound where slight irregularities within the ocean cause sound fluctuations, and thus set limits on the many uses of sound in the ocean, similar to the limits imposed by the atmosphere on ground-based telescopes. This 1979 book attempts to connect the known structure of the ocean volume with experimental results in long-range sound transmission. Theories of wave propagation through irregular media, developed for optical and radio wave transmission are found to be inapplicable in many respects due to the complications of ocean structure, particularly the combination of anisotropy and 'sound channel'. The authors extend wave propagation theory to account for the ocean complications and introduces the path-integral approach to the solution of the strong-scattering regime that solves many long-standing problems. The book is written at the post-graduate level, but has been carefully organised to give experimenters a grasp of important results without undue mathematics.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521142458
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Sketch by Leonardo da Vinci
    Part I. The Ocean Environment:
    1. Ocean structure
    2. Planetary waves and eddies
    3. Linear internal waves
    Part II. Introduction to Sound Transmission in the Ocean:
    4. The ocean sound channel
    5. The wave equation
    Part III. Sound Transmission Through a Fluctuating Ocean:
    6. Transmission through a homogeneous, isotropic medium
    7. The ocean medium
    8. Statistics of acoustic signals
    9. Multipath effects and n-point Gaussian statistics
    Part IV. Theory of Sound Transmission:
    10. Supereikonal, or Rytov approximation
    11. Propagation through a single upper turning point
    12. Path integrals and propagation in saturated regimes
    13. The transport equation in sound scattering
    Part V. Experimental Observations of Acoustic Fluctuations: Eleuthera–Bermuda
    15. Cobb seamount
    16. Azores
    Glossary of terms
    Units, dimensions and glossary of symbols

  • Editor

    Stanley M. Flatté


    Roger Dashen

    Walter H. Munk

    Kenneth M. Watson

    Frederik Zachariasen

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