Twenty-four Days, Twenty-three Scientists, One Research Vessel and the New England Mud Patch: An Ocean Acoustics Travelogue

date September 25, 2015
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Friday, September 25, 2015 4:00 p.m. in ETC 4.150

Dr. Kevin M. Lee and Professor Preston S. Wilson
Applied Research Laboratories
The University of Texas at Austin

In July and August of 2015, twenty-three scientists conducted a series of measurements and scientific data collection operations on the research vessel Hugh R. Sharp, about 6o miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, in an area known as the New England Mud Patch. The overall scientific goal of the project is to study inverse techniques for the acoustic characterization of muddy ocean bottom sediments. Absolute evaluation of inversion results requires direct knowledge of the acoustic properties themselves. The work conducted this summer sought to obtain that ground truth, in preparation for the main acoustics experiment next year. A travelogue on the work and life aboard a research vessel dedicated to such an endeavor will be presented.