Data Center Description
Scientists and engineers in the Ocean Acoustics Lab are conducting research that will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms of sound propagation in the oceans, and, conversely, how acoustic transmissions themselves can be employed to measure the physical properties of the ocean and its boundaries. Low frequency sound energy is used to probe beneath the sea floor and to measure temperatures and currents in the water column. High frequency energy is used to measure temperature microstructure, small-scale currents and wind-blown surface roughness. Many of the tools and techniques for ocean acoustics tomography originated in OAL where they are still the focus of active research. Underwater acousticians in OAL are involved in a wide spectrum of research areas including sonar array performance, acoustic imaging, sound scattering from the Arctic ice and from biologics. OAL scientists and engineers work all over the globe. Recent experiments have been conducted in the frig id Norwegian Sea and the tropical Tasman Sea, in the Gulf of Mexico, the Mediterranean, and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.