Modeling deep ocean shipping noise in varying acidity conditions
Udovydchenkov, Ilya A.
Duda, Timothy F.
Doney, Scott C.
Lima, Ivan D.
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KeywordAcoustic noise; Acoustic wave absorption; Ocean chemistry; pH; Seawater; Ships; Underwater sound
Possible future changes of ambient shipping noise at 0.1–1 kHz in the North Pacific caused by changing seawater chemistry conditions are analyzed with a simplified propagation model. Probable decreases of pH would cause meaningful reduction of the sound absorption coefficient in near-surface ocean water for these frequencies. The results show that a few decibels of increase may occur in 100 years in some very quiet areas very far from noise sources, with small effects closer to noise sources. The use of ray physics allows sound energy attenuated via volume absorption and by the seafloor to be compared.
Author Posting. © Acoustical Society of America, 2010. 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 128 (2010): EL130–EL136, doi:10.1121/1.3402284.
Suggested CitationJournal of the Acoustical Society of America 128 (2010): EL130–EL136
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