Underwater Acoustic Modeling and Simulation, Fourth Edition

Paul C. Etter

February 21, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 554 Pages - 156 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466564930 - CAT# K16072


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  • Organizes the chapters based on a hierarchical method of sonar model construction
  • Explains how to properly apply the models and correctly interpret the results to assess prediction uncertainties
  • Describes changes in the ocean soundscape driven by anthropogenic activity and natural factors
  • Presents specific examples of each model type to illustrate model formulations and assumptions as well as algorithm efficiency
  • Includes discussion and analytic questions in each chapter to help readers assess their comprehension


Underwater Acoustic Modeling and Simulation, Fourth Edition continues to provide the most authoritative overview of currently available propagation, noise, reverberation, and sonar-performance models. This fourth edition of a bestseller discusses the fundamental processes involved in simulating the performance of underwater acoustic systems and emphasizes the importance of applying the proper modeling resources to simulate the behavior of sound in virtual ocean environments.

New to the Fourth Edition

  • Extensive new material that addresses recent advances in inverse techniques and marine-mammal protection
  • Problem sets in each chapter
  • Updated and expanded inventories of available models

Designed for readers with an understanding of underwater acoustics but who are unfamiliar with the various aspects of modeling, the book includes sufficient mathematical derivations to demonstrate model formulations and provides guidelines for selecting and using the models. Examples of each type of model illustrate model formulations, model assumptions, and algorithm efficiency. Simulation case studies are also included to demonstrate practical applications.

Providing a thorough source of information on modeling resources, this book examines the translation of our physical understanding of sound in the sea into mathematical models that simulate acoustic propagation, noise, and reverberation in the ocean. The text shows how these models are used to predict and diagnose the performance of complex sonar systems operating in the undersea environment.