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Acoustic scattering from double-diffusive microstructure

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dc.contributor.author Lavery, Andone C.
dc.contributor.author Ross, Tetjana
dc.date.accessioned 2008-08-20T15:20:37Z
dc.date.available 2008-08-20T15:20:37Z
dc.date.issued 2007-09
dc.identifier.citation Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 122 (2007): 1449-1462 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1912/2340
dc.description Author Posting. © Acoustical Society of America, 2007. This article is posted here by permission of Acoustical Society of America for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 122 (2007): 1449-1462, doi:10.1121/1.2764475. en
dc.description.abstract Laboratory measurements of high-frequency broadband acoustic backscattering (200–600 kHz) from the diffusive regime of double-diffusive microstructure have been performed. This type of microstructure, which was characterized using direct microstructure and optical shadowgraph techniques, is identified by sharp density and sound speed interfaces separating well-mixed layers. Vertical acoustic backscattering measurements were performed for a range of physical parameters controlling the double-diffusive microstructure. The echoes have been analyzed in both the frequency domain, providing information on the spectral response of the scattering, and in the time domain, using pulse compression techniques. High levels of variability were observed, associated with interface oscillations and turbulent plumes, with many echoes showing significant spectral structure. Acoustic estimates of interface thickness (1–3 cm), obtained for the echoes with exactly two peaks in the compressed pulse output, were in good agreement with estimates based on direct microstructure and optical shadowgraph measurements. Predictions based on a one-dimensional weak-scattering model that includes the actual density and sound speed profiles agree reasonably with the measured scattering. A remote-sensing tool for mapping oceanic microstructure, such as high-frequency broadband acoustic scattering, could lead to a better understanding of the extent and evolution of double-diffusive layering, and to the importance of double diffusion to oceanic mixing. en
dc.description.sponsorship Funding for this project was provided by the Ocean Acoustics program at the Office of Naval Research and by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Cecil and Ida Greene Technology Award. Tetjana Ross was supported by the WHOI Postdoctoral Scholarship through the generous support of the Doherty Foundation. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Acoustical Society of America en
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.2764475
dc.subject Acoustic measurement en
dc.subject Acoustic wave scattering en
dc.subject Echo en
dc.subject Oceanographic techniques en
dc.subject Pulse compression en
dc.subject Remote sensing en
dc.subject Underwater sound en
dc.title Acoustic scattering from double-diffusive microstructure en
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1121/1.2764475


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