Accession Number : ADA189178

Title :   A Relationship between Ocean Circulation and Volume Reverberation in the Subarctic Northeast Pacific Ocean (Gulf of Alaska).

Descriptive Note : Technical document,

Corporate Author : NAVAL UNDERWATER SYSTEMS CENTER NEW LONDON CT NEW LONDON LAB

Personal Author(s) : Browning, David G ; Turner, R G ; Power, J W

PDF Url : ADA189178

Report Date : 26 Jun 1986

Pagination or Media Count : 16

Abstract : Earlier investigations have shown a significant change in integrated acoustic scattering and spectral characteristics when transmitting into the subarctic (above 40 north latitude) northeast Pacific Ocean. An analysis of an extensive series of volume reverberation measurements obtained by Turner indicates a strong influence of the counterclockwise circulation around the Alaskan Gyre on the distribution of scattering strengths. At higher frequencies (5-20 kHz) the greater scattering strengths are found in the relatively warm California undercurrent water which flows around the perimeter for the gyre. At lower (1.25-5 kHz) frequencies, the greater scattering strengths are found in the relatively cold water such is found in the upwelled subarctic water at the center of the gyre. This implies a significant change in the type of scatterers between these frequency domains. Keywords: Subarctic pacific ocean.

Descriptors :   *REVERBERATION, *OCEAN CURRENTS, *UNDERWATER SOUND, *SOUND TRANSMISSION, ACOUSTIC SCATTERING, ALASKA GULF, CIRCULATION, DISTRIBUTION, FREQUENCY, INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, LOW TEMPERATURE, MEASUREMENT, NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN, OCEANS, PACIFIC OCEAN, SCATTERING, SPECTRA, STRENGTH(GENERAL), SUBARCTIC REGIONS, UPWELLING, VOLUME, WATER

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
      Acoustics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE