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3rd Edition

Underwater Acoustic Modelling and Simulation

ISBN 9780419262206
Published April 3, 2003 by CRC Press
448 Pages

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Book Description

Underwater Acoustic Modeling and Simulation examines the translation of our physical understanding of sound in the sea into mathematical models that can simulate acoustic propagation, noise and reverberation in the ocean. These models are used in a variety of research and operational applications to predict and diagnose the performance of complex sonar systems operating in the undersea environment.

Previous editions of the book have provided invaluable guidance to sonar technologists, acoustical oceanographers and applied mathematicians in the selection and application of underwater acoustic models. Now that simulation is fast becoming an accurate, efficient and economical alternative to field-testing and at-sea training, this new edition will also provide useful guidance to systems engineers and operations analysts interested in simulating sonar performance.

Guidelines for selecting and using available propagation, noise and reverberation models are highlighted. Specific examples of each type of model are discussed to illustrate model formulations, assumptions and algorithm efficiency. Instructive case studies demonstrate applications in sonar simulation.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Acoustical Oceanography. Propagation I. Observations and Physical Models. Propagation II. Mathematical Models (Part One). Propagation II. Mathematical Models (Part Two). Noise I. Observations and Physical Models. Noise II. Mathematical Models. Reverberation I. Observations and Physical Models. Reverberation II. Observations and Physical Models. Sonar Performance Models. Model Evaluation. Simulation.

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Paul C. Etter has worked in the fields of ocean-atmosphere physics and environmental acoustics for the past thirty years, supporting federal and state agencies, academia and private industry. He received his BS degree in Physics and his MS degree in Oceanography at Texas A&M University. Mr. Etter served on active duty in the US Navy as an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Officer aboard frigates, where he was responsible for the tactical operation of the ships' sonar systems. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical reports and professional papers addressing environmental measurement technology, underwater acoustics and physical oceanography. Mr. Etter has written two editions of the book entitled Underwater Acoustic Modeling and has contributed chapters to three other books dealing with physics of the oceans.


'Underwater Acoustic Modeling and Simulation meets the highest standards of professional writing and scholarship. The book is thorough yet very readable. It belongs in libraries that serve a naval, geophysical or oceanographic clientele or any college or university serving the graduate applied physics or maths student.' - E-Streams

'This book is unique in combining theoretical, empirical, and computational models for underwater propagation, noise, and sonar operation. It will be a valuable resource to anyone engaged in underwater acoustic modeling and simulation, and I am pleased to recommend it.' - Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

'... Underwater Acoustic Modeling does an excellent job of introducing propagation, noise, and reverberation in the underwater environment. The author's style makes the book very readable, without compromising the breadth of coverage.' - The Industrial Physicist