Accession Number : ADP204523

Title :   The Hydroacoustic Component of an International Monitoring System,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE TECHNICAL APPLICATIONS CENTER PATRICK AFB FL

Personal Author(s) : Schrodt, Joseph K. ; Clauter, Dean a. ; Schult, Frederick R.

PDF Url : ADP204523

Report Date : 14 AUG 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The critical issue for the hydroacoustic component of an International Monitoring System (IMS) is its capability for monitoring nuclear explosions in the world's oceans. Factors that affect this capability are number and location of hydroacoustic sensors, placement of sensors, blockage of the hydroacoustic signal due to bathymetric effects, and spatial and temporal variation in hydroacoustic signal propagation due to changes in oceanic properties. This paper provides examples of hydroacoustic monitoring capability from historical data that demonstrates the impact of these factors, and discusses implications from these results on design of a hydroacoustic network. Specific data processing examples of hydroacoustic detection and discrimination capability are given for hydroacoustic signals from earthquakes and explosions recorded at MILS (Missile Impact Location System) and other hydrophones in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. In the 1960's, the United States (U.S.) Navy performed a series of ship sinking explosions underwater as well as a set of explosions that traversed the Aleutian Island chain at a ninety degree angle. Another study is of more recent data from a collection of earthquakes south of Australia and in the Southern Pacific Ocean also detected on MILS and other hydrophones. Examples from all of these data illustrate the blockage effects due to the bathymetric profile and effects of hydroacoustic sensor emplacement on the side or top of, or floated from the top of seamounts into the SOFAR channel on hydroacoustic signal strength.

Descriptors :   *ACOUSTIC DETECTION, *SEISMIC WAVES, *ARMS CONTROL, *NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DETECTION, *UNDERWATER ACOUSTICS, DATA PROCESSING, SYMPOSIA, VERIFICATION, MONITORING, NUCLEAR EXPLOSION TESTING, BATHYMETRY, ACOUSTIC SIGNALS, HYDROPHONES, TREATIES, DISCRIMINATION, EARTHQUAKES, PACIFIC OCEAN, SEAMOUNTS.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Seismology
      Acoustic Detection and Detectors
      Nuclear Weapons
      Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE