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Ranging bowhead whale calls in a shallow-water dispersive waveguide

TitleRanging bowhead whale calls in a shallow-water dispersive waveguide
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAbadi S.H, Thode A.M, Blackwell S.B, Dowling D.R
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Date Published2014/07
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0001-4966
Accession NumberWOS:000339163800023
KeywordsAlaska; balaena-mysticetus; blind deconvolution; mammals; marine; mode filter; ocean; sea; source localization; sperm-whales; vertical array

This paper presents the performance of three methods for estimating the range of broadband (50-500 Hz) bowhead whale calls in a nominally 55-m-deep waveguide: Conventional mode filtering (CMF), synthetic time reversal (STR), and triangulation. The first two methods use a linear vertical array to exploit dispersive propagation effects in the underwater sound channel. The triangulation technique used here, while requiring no knowledge about the propagation environment, relies on a distributed array of directional autonomous seafloor acoustics recorders (DASARs) arranged in triangular grid with 7 km spacing. This study uses simulations and acoustic data collected in 2010 from coastal waters near Kaktovik, Alaska. At that time, a 12-element vertical array, spanning the bottom 63% of the water column, was deployed alongside a distributed array of seven DASARs. The estimated call location-to-array ranges determined from CMF and STR are compared with DASAR triangulation results for 19 whale calls. The vertical-array ranging results are generally within +/- 10% of the DASAR results with the STR results providing slightly better agreement. The results also indicate that the vertical array can range calls over larger ranges and with greater precision than the particular distributed array discussed here, whenever the call locations are beyond the distributed array boundaries. (C) 2014 Acoustical Society of America.

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