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Acoustic Sensing Techniques for the Shallow Water Environment

Inversion Methods and Experiments

  • Comprehensive account of state-of-the-art research by leading scientists in the field

  • Emphasis on experimental procedures and results

  • Wide range of applications from marine biology to geophysics and sonar systems

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. On the assessment of geoacoustic parameters in shallow water environments

    • Jean-Claude Le Gac, Yann Steéphan, Thierry Garlan, Nicholas Weber
    Pages 1-15
  3. Bayesian inversion of seabed reflection data

    • Stan E. Dosso, Charles W. Holland
    Pages 17-27
  4. Characterization of local seabed properties using synthesized horizontal array data

    • Peter L. Nielsen, Mark Fallat, Christopher Harrison
    Pages 73-86
  5. Characterization of a range-dependent environment from towed array data

    • Mark Fallat, Peter Nielsen, Stan E. Dosso, Martin Siderius
    Pages 87-97
  6. Acoustic clutter from buried submarine mud volcanoes

    • Charles W. Holland, Anthony L. Gerig, Piero Boni
    Pages 109-124
  7. Nonlinear acoustical methods in the detection of gassy sediments

    • Jaroslaw Tegowski, Zygmunt Klusek, Jaromir Jakacki
    Pages 125-136
  8. Acoustic scattering from submerged and buried objects

    • Ilkka Karasalo, Patrik Skogqvist
    Pages 137-153
  9. High-frequency bistatic scattering experiments using proud and buried targets

    • Philippe Blondel, Peter F. Dobbins, Nic Jayasundere, Mario Cosci
    Pages 155-170
  10. A sediment probe for the rapid assessment of seabed characteristics

    • John Osler, Arnold Furlong, Harold Christian
    Pages 171-181
  11. Shallow water tomography in a highly variable scenario

    • Cristiano Soares, Sergio M. Jesus, Emanuel Coelho
    Pages 197-211
  12. Inversions of reflection loss measurements of a smooth water/sand interface

    • Marcia J. Isakson, Tracianne Neilsen, Andrew Worley
    Pages 213-231
  13. Estimation of transmission loss and its uncertainty

    • Peter Gerstoft, Chen-Fen Huang, William Hodgkiss
    Pages 233-240
  14. Inversion of the propeller harmonics from a light aircraft for the geoacoustic properties of marine sediments

    • Michael J. Buckingham, Eric M. Giddens, Fernardo Simonet
    Pages 257-263

About this book

This volume contains the collection of papers from the second workshop on Experimental Acoustic Inversion Techniques for Exploration of the Shallow Water Environment.

Acoustic techniques provide the most effective means for remote sensing of ocean and sea floor processes, and for probing the structure beneath the sea floor. No other energy propagates as efficiently in the ocean: radio waves and visible light are severely limited in range because the ocean is a highly conductive medium. However, sound from breaking waves and coastal shipping can be heard throughout the ocean, and marine mammals communicate acoustically over basin scale distances.

The papers in this book indicate a high level of research interest that has generated significant progress in development and application of experimental acoustic inversion techniques. The applications span a broad scope in geosciences, from geophysical, biological and even geochemical research. The list includes: estimation of geotechnical properties of sea bed materials; navigation and mapping of the sea floor; fisheries, aquaculture and sea bed habitat assessment; monitoring of marine mammals; sediment transport; and investigation of natural geohazards in marine sediments.


This book is primarily intended for physicists and engineers working in underwater acoustics and oceanic engineering. It will also be of interest to marine biologists, geophysicists and oceanographers as potential users of the methodologies and techniques described in the book contributions.


  • Coast
  • Experimental methods
  • Geoinformationssysteme
  • Inverse problems
  • Marine environment
  • Ocean
  • See
  • Shallow water
  • Underwater acoustics
  • Wave
  • marine
  • remote sensing

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Pisa, Italy

    Andrea Caiti

  • University of Victoria, Canada

    N. Ross Chapman

  • Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

    Jean-Pierre Hermand

  • University of Algarve, Portugal

    Sérgio M. Jesus

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  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-4386-4
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