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Modelling of ambient noise created by a shipping lane to prepare passive inversion: application to Ushant
Chailloux, C.; Kinda, B.; Bonnel, J.; Gervaise, C.; Stephan, Y.; Mars, J.; Hermand, J.-P. (2011). Modelling of ambient noise created by a shipping lane to prepare passive inversion: application to Ushant, in: Papadakis, J.S. et al. 4th international conference and exhibition on Underwater Acoustic Measurements: Technologies and Results. pp. 8
In: Papadakis, J.S.; Bjørnø, L. (2011). 4th international conference and exhibition on Underwater Acoustic Measurements: Technologies and Results. FORTH/IACM: Kos. , more

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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    Passive acoustic inversion; ambient noise; shipping lane; thermal front; shallow water

Authors  Top 
  • Chailloux, C.
  • Kinda, B.
  • Bonnel, J.
  • Gervaise, C.
  • Stephan, Y.
  • Mars, J.
  • Hermand, J.-P., more

Abstract
    The Ushant thermal front is a seasonal phenomenon which occurs from May to October in a shallow water environment (100m) of the Iroise Sea (off the coast of the north-western France). It corresponds to the boundary separating a well mixed inner shelf water from an open sea stratified water. To determine the dynamic of the front -or more basically the presence of a stratified or homogeneous water column- the possibility to use a shipping lane as a continuous acoustic source is studied. The originality of this work is to use a single receiver. Simulation results of sounds radiated by a shipping lane in a shallow water environment are presented, both for stratified and homogeneous water column. The corresponding pressure fields show a mean level difference in the frequency band 50-300 Hz. This feature will be used in the future as an observable to differentiate both environments, and thus passively detect the Ushant thermal front. One of the issue to get the mean level offset is to record the shipping lane noise without isolated ship interferences. As a consequence, an optimum mooring position to track the thermal front is suggested by the analysis of the vessel traffic from AIS data (Automatic Identification System).

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