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.


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Centers, Labs, and Projects

Buckingham Lab
Performs research in acoustic theory as it relates to applications such as oceanography and physics.
Marine Bioacoustics Lab
We develop and use new, non-lethal acoustic methods and technologies to promote a better understanding of highly exploited and endangered marine species.
Noise Lab
Focuses on physics-based signal processing mostly using just weak noise as a source.