The course treats the following topics:

  • Relevant physical oceanography
  • Elements of marine geology (seafloor topography, acoustical properties of sediments and rocks)
  • Underwater sound propagation (ray acoustics, ocean noise)
  • Interaction of sound with the seafloor (reflection, scattering)
  • Principles of sonar (beamforming)
  • Underwater acoustic mapping systems (single beam echo sounding, multi-beam echo sounding, sidescan sonar)
  • Data analysis (refraction corrections, digital terrain modelling)
  • Applications (hydrographic survey planning and navigation, coastal engineering)
  • Current and future developments.
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