Nearshore Side-Scan Sonar Studies

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  • 1 Department of Oceanography, The University, Southampton, United Kingdom
  • | 2 Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Wormley, Godalming Surrey United Kingdom
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Abstract

Side-scan sonars operating at 80–250 kHz have been deployed to produce narrow beams directed parallel and normal to shore on a gently sloping beach. These provide measurements of processes (such as wave propagation) seaward of the edge of the surf zone. Shoreward propagation of sound into the surf zone and hence useful information retrieval from this zone is prevented, however, by high bubble or suspended sediment absorption at its outer edge, as found in earlier Doppler sonar studies at 195 kHz by J.A. Smith. The Shoreward limit of acoustic propagation has a variable structure related to incident wave groups, the position at which waves break, and to dynamical processes within the surfzone determining the position of the bubble or suspended sediment boundary.

Abstract

Side-scan sonars operating at 80–250 kHz have been deployed to produce narrow beams directed parallel and normal to shore on a gently sloping beach. These provide measurements of processes (such as wave propagation) seaward of the edge of the surf zone. Shoreward propagation of sound into the surf zone and hence useful information retrieval from this zone is prevented, however, by high bubble or suspended sediment absorption at its outer edge, as found in earlier Doppler sonar studies at 195 kHz by J.A. Smith. The Shoreward limit of acoustic propagation has a variable structure related to incident wave groups, the position at which waves break, and to dynamical processes within the surfzone determining the position of the bubble or suspended sediment boundary.

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