Oceans and Atmosphere

Ocean Acoustics

Sound in the Ocean

Ocean acoustics is a broad field focused on the study of sound, its propagation and behavior underwater. Sounds travels really well in the ocean, so sound is also used for the study of many phenomena across ocean sciences, including properties of the earth, ocean, and animals living in the ocean. As a result, scientists working on ocean acoustics span all areas of science found at Scripps: Earth Science, Biology, and Oceans and Atmosphere. Additionally, Scripps is a leader in graduate education for ocean acoustics and most students working on these themes are part of the Applied Ocean Sciences curricular group.

Centers, Labs, and Projects

Air Sea Interaction Lab
The primary area of research is air-sea interaction, including the topics of surface wave dynamics, air-sea fluxes, upper ocean turbulence, including Langmuir circulations, and the remote sensing of ocean surface phenomena using electromagnetic and acoustic techniques.
Scripps Acoustic Ecology Laboratory
Investigates biological and ecological questions that range from a basic understanding of short and long-term behavioral patterns and geographic distribution of animals, to questions like habitat preference and quality, predator-prey interactions, or adaptations to anthropogenic impacts and a changing environment.
Buckingham Lab
Performs research in acoustic theory as it relates to applications such as oceanography and physics.
Noise Lab
Focuses on physics-based signal processing mostly using just weak noise as a source.
Innovative Marine Technology Laboratory
Our mission is to pursue scientific studies in underwater acoustics, small-scale physical oceanography (coastal processes, air-sea gas transfer) and biological oceanography.