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Localizing Swimming Objects in Noisy Environments by Applying Nearfield Acoustic Holography and Minimum Energy Method

[+] Author Affiliations
Tim Ziemer

University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Paper No. OMAE2015-41733, pp. V006T05A025; 9 pages
  • ASME 2015 34th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 6: Ocean Space Utilization
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, May 31–June 5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5654-3
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


A problem in localizing individual swimming objects acoustically is the high amount of strongly fluctuating ambient noise due to turbulent pressure fluctuations, thermal and seismic noise, motoring vessels, wind and marine mammals. In littoral and other shallow waters additionally the complex boundaries produce absorption of high-frequency components and strong reverberation in other frequency regions, refraction due to sudden changes in temperature and scattering from the rough sea surface and floor.

In this paper localization of a single swimming object in presence of disturbing sources and noise is simulated. Low-frequency nearfield acoustic holography (NAH) based on vector hydrophone array measurements is combined with minimum energy method (MEM) to increase detection certainty.

This combination of NAH and MEM appears to be a reliable and robust detection method suitable e.g. for sort-range navigation in littoral waters and for iceberg detection in open waters.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME
Topics: Holography , Acoustics



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