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Mechanical Engineering
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Acoustical Oceanography will cover how active and passive use of sound can be used to study physical parameters and processes, as well as biological species and behaviors, in the ocean environment. The first half of the course will focus on the underlying physics of sound propagation, generation, reception, and scattering in the ocean environment. This foundation will then be leveraged and expanded upon to explore applications of acoustical oceanography for physical, geological, and biological insight through both direct and inverse methods. Throughout the course current research topics will be presented including acoustic tomography, geologic bottom inversion, and marine mammal characterization.