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Ocean Acoustic Hurricane Classification

Joshua D Wilson, Nicholas Makris
14 pp.
MITSG 06-01J
$5.50 (domestic); 7.00 (international) DOM / $7.50 INT

Theoretical and empirical evidence are combined to show that underwater acoustic sensing techniques may be valuable for measuring the wind speed and determining the destructive power of a hurricane. This is done by first developing a model for the acoustic intensity and mutual intensity in an ocean waveguide due to a hurricane and then determining the relationship between local wind speed and underwater acoustic intensity. From this it is shown that it should be feasible to accurately measure the local wind speed and classify the destructive power of a hurricane if its eye wall passes directly over a single underwater acoustic sensor. The potential advantages and disadvantages of the proposed acoustic method are weighed against those of currently employed techniques.

type: Journal, book, proceeding reprints

Parent Project

Project No.: 2002-RCM-9
Title: Ocean Acoustic Hurricane Detection and Classification