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Marine acoustics

Marine acoustics 103

Lecturers: Dr Alec Duncan, Assoc Prof Rob McCauley and Prof Alexander Gavrilov
Index number: 07474, 12.5 credit points
Mode of delivery: 2 hours per week for 12 weeks
Location: Curtin University, Bentley Campus

This unit introduces the physical principles underlying acoustic propagation in the sea and describes key applications. The unit draws on the internationally recognised marine acoustics program carried out by the Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) at Curtin University.


  • Background material
  • Noise in the ocean
  • Ray acoustics
  • Deep water acoustic propagation
  • Wave acoustics
  • Shallow water acoustic propagation
  • Devices for sound production and reception underwater
  • Sound production and reception by marine animals
  • Use of sound by marine animals
  • Impacts of man made noise
  • Marine resource estimation
  • Marine environmental assessment
  • Defence applications of underwater acoustics
  • Commercial applications of underwater acoustics