Acoustical Oceanography

An underwater photo taken by a REMUS 100 AUV known as Snoopy.

Snoopy, a REMUS 100 AUV takes video with an aft-looking GoPro camera. Trailing the AUV is a school of Blue Runners, a warm water fish.


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Spring 2012



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This course will begin with brief overview of what important current research topics are in oceanography (physical, geological, and biological) and how acoustics can be used as a tool to address them. Three typical examples are climate, bottom geology, and marine mammal behavior. Will then address the acoustic inverse problem, reviewing inverse methods (linear and nonlinear) and the combination of acoustical methods with other measurements as an integrated system. Last part of course will concentrate on specific case studies, taken from current research journals. This course is taught on campus at MIT and with simultaneous video at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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James Lynch. 2.682 Acoustical Oceanography. Spring 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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