Environmental inversion using dispersion tracking in a shallow water environment

Zoi Heleni Michalopoulou, Nattapol Aunsri

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It has been previously shown using synthetic data that dispersion tracking with particle filtering can be used for sediment sound speed inversion. Here, dispersion tracking is performed with data collected in the Gulf of Mexico for sediment sound speed and thickness and water column depth estimation. In this experiment, sound that propagates a long distance from the source allows the identification of dispersion curves reflecting the different group velocities of modal frequencies within and across modes. Although the data are noisy, dispersion curves are tracked with sequential filtering and used for inversion. Probability density functions of the three unknown parameters are obtained. Water column depth is estimated with little uncertainty. The estimated sound speed is representative of sandy sediment and the sediment thickness matches to a large extent prior knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EL188-EL193
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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