Ocean Acoustic Tomography. Walter Munk, Peter One of the goals of the chapters on the forward Worcester, and Carl Wunsch. 1 995 . 43 3 pp. $59.95 . problem is to attempt to develop some intuition about Hardbound. Cambridge University Press. ISB N 0-521- oceanic sound propagation. Rays and modes are dis- 47095-1 . cussed in the context of two canonical profiles, a tem- perate ocean profile, and a polar ocean profile, which can be described analytically. Much use is made of Ocean Acoustic Tomography is a monograph au- analytical approximations with a heavy reliance on the thored by the scientists who, along with their col- nonintuitive classic Hamiltonian action. Unfortu- leagues and students, founded the field of ocean nately, intuition gained by examination of the rela- acoustic tomography. Oceanographers have histori- tively simple canonical sound speed models is easily cally relied on point measurements to plumb the thwarted by the natural variability of the ocean. This depths in their investigations of the world's oceans. becomes evident when one examines the wonderful Because point measurements sample the ocean only acoustic propagation atlas included in appendix B. at spatially and usually temporally discrete points, they tend to yield a rather
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Published: Apr 1, 1996
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