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The topic of underwater acoustic modeling bargains with the interpretation of our actual figuring out of sound within the sea into mathematical formulation solvable via desktops. This publication divides the topic of underwater acoustic modeling into 3 primary facets: the actual ideas used to formulate underwater acoustic versions the mathematical options used to translate those rules into computing device types and modeling purposes in sonar know-how and oceanographic learn.

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OBSERVATIONS AND PHYSICAL MODELS Fig. 5 Six basic propagation paths in the sea: A, direct path (DP); B, surface duct (SD); C, bottom bounce (BB); D, convergence zone (CZ); E, deep sound channel (DSC); and F, reliable acoustic path (RAP). Power (P) is conserved; therefore, P=I1A1=I2A2 and but r1=unit reference distance and thus Since intensity is power per unit area, and since the area of a sphere increases as the square of its radius, the intensity falls off as the inverse square of the radius (or range) in order that power remains constant.

Chin–Bing et al. (1994) also noted that backscatter can occur when the step-structured discontinuities of the thermohaline staircases are on the order of an acoustic wavelength; thus, at frequencies greater than about 3 kHz, backscatter from the thermohaline steps could be significant. 6 BIOLOGICS Marine organisms can simplistically be segregated into four major categories: plankton, nekton, benthos and algae. Plankton (or floaters) include both plants (phytoplankton) and animals (zooplankton).

Staircase structures are most frequently associated with a strongly destabilizing vertical gradient of salinity. These features have been observed northeast of South America in the tropical Atlantic Ocean (just outside the Caribbean Sea), and also in the eastern Atlantic outside the Mediterranean Sea. Before the dynamics of the thermohaline staircases were understood, these features were sometimes regarded as malfunctions in the oceanographic sensors which recorded them. Research is not conclusive as to what effect these staircase features might have on underwater acoustic propagation.

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