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Effect of Suspended Sediment on Acoustic Detection Using Reverberation

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Sonar operates by ensonifying a broad swath of the seabed using a line array of acoustic projectors with acoustic backscattering from the ensonified sediment. The suspended sediment layer affects the sonar imagery through the volume scattering strength. Understanding the acoustic characteristics of the suspended sediment layer can aid the Navy in detecting sea mines with sonar imagery. In this study, the Navy's Comprehensive Acoustic Simulation System is used to investigate such an effect. A range of critical values of volume scattering strength for buried object detection is found through repeated model simulations.

Document Type: Short Communication


Publication date: 2005-06-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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