Acoustical oceanography is the science of inferring oceanic properties (physical, biological, geological, chemical etc.) from acoustic measurements. The field is motivated by the poor propagation of electromagnetic waves in water which renders many terrestrial measurement techniques (optical, radar, microwave etc.) inadequate for oceanic measurements. The field is complicated by the large scale of the ocean, the wide range of physical and biological noise sources present and by the complexity of sound propagation in a dynamic and inhomogeneous medium.
The Acoustical Oceanography Technical Committee Open Meeting is typically held at every ASA meeting on Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
For more information, visit the Acoustical Oceanography TC website!
Scott Loranger is the current Student Representative for the Acoustical Oceanography TC. His current work focuses on the use of high-frequency broadband acoustics to detect and quantify sub-surface hydrocarbons.
To learn about him and the rest of the Student Council, visit the Student Council Page.