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An Investigation into the Acoustic Variability and the Attenuation of an Acoustic Signal within a Port Environment Focusing on Port Everglades, Florida

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2007
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A methodology for characterizing the acoustical properties of a port environment, namely Port Everglades, has been proposed and carried out. This approach includes both a port-wide analysis of how the basic oceanographic features within the port impact the acoustic properties, and also a more focused sampling methodology within a small region of Port Everglades, allowing for the acoustic characteristics, including ambient noise, and an approximate signal absorption to be computed. The results documented through the duration of this research indicate that the temperature variation throughout the port is the principal contributor to the characteristics of the sound velocity profile. Ambient noise measurements have revealed high levels of background noise within the sub-5 kHz region, owing likely to consistent port traffic. The calculation of absorption indicates that high frequency systems, i.e. > 100 kHz, may encounter problems when transmitting over a considerable distance. These are important factors for consideration when implementing a successful underwater acoustic system.
Title: An Investigation into the Acoustic Variability and the Attenuation of an Acoustic Signal within a Port Environment Focusing on Port Everglades, Florida.
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Name(s): Sheahan, Daniel
Frisk, George V., Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2007
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 152 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: A methodology for characterizing the acoustical properties of a port environment, namely Port Everglades, has been proposed and carried out. This approach includes both a port-wide analysis of how the basic oceanographic features within the port impact the acoustic properties, and also a more focused sampling methodology within a small region of Port Everglades, allowing for the acoustic characteristics, including ambient noise, and an approximate signal absorption to be computed. The results documented through the duration of this research indicate that the temperature variation throughout the port is the principal contributor to the characteristics of the sound velocity profile. Ambient noise measurements have revealed high levels of background noise within the sub-5 kHz region, owing likely to consistent port traffic. The calculation of absorption indicates that high frequency systems, i.e. > 100 kHz, may encounter problems when transmitting over a considerable distance. These are important factors for consideration when implementing a successful underwater acoustic system.
Identifier: FA00012553 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2007.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Subject(s): Underwater acoustics--Measurement
Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale, Fla)
Harbors--Environmental aspects--Florida--Fort Lauderdale
Acoustic surface waves--Measurement
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