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Deep water acoustic range estimation based on an ocean general circulation model: Application to PhilSea10 data

TitleDeep water acoustic range estimation based on an ocean general circulation model: Application to PhilSea10 data
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsWu M.Y, Barmin M.P, Andrew R.K, Weichman P.B, White A.W, Lavely E.M, Dzieciuch M.A, Mercer J.A, Worcester P.F, Ritzwoller M.H
Date Published2019/12
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0001-4966
Accession NumberWOS:000510240600071
Keywordsacoustics; Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology; fluctuations; localization; propagation; sea; signals; sound-speed; tides; tomography; transmissions; uncertainty

This study identifies general characteristics of methods to estimate the absolute range between an acoustic transmitter and a receiver in the deep ocean. The data are from three days of the PhilSea10 experiment with a single fixed transmitter depth (similar to 998m) and 150 receiver depths (similar to 210-5388 m) of known location, and a great-circle transmitter-receiver distance of similar to 510 km. The proposed ranging methods compare observed acoustic records with synthetic records computed through the HYCOM (hybrid coordinate ocean model) model. More than 8900 transmissions over 3 days characterize the statistical variation of range errors. Reliable ranging methods de-emphasize the parts of the data records least likely to be reproduced by the synthetics, which include arrival amplitudes, the later parts of the acoustic records composed of nearly horizontally launched rays (i.e., the finale), and waves that sample a narrow span of ocean depths. The ranging methods proposed normalize amplitudes, measure travel times, or reject parts of the waveforms beyond a critical time. All deliver reliable range estimates based on the time and path-averaged HYCOM model, although the final method performs best. The principles behind these methods are transportable and expected to provide reliable range estimates in different deep water settings. (C) 2019 Acoustical Society of America.

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