Interpreting underwater acoustic images of the upper ocean boundary layer

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A challenging task in physical studies of the upper ocean using underwater sound is the interpretation of high-resolution acoustic images. This paper covers a number of basic concepts necessary for undergraduate and postgraduate students to identify the most distinctive features of the images, providing a link with the acoustic signatures of physical processes occurring simultaneously beneath the surface of the sea. Sonars are so sensitive that they detected a new acoustic signature at the breaking of surface gravity waves in deep water, which resembles oblique motion-like vortices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015
Pages (from-to)301-309
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes


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