I wanted me to call to your attention a Special Session at the 2012 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting in Salt Lake City (http://www.sgmeet.com/osm2012/special_sessions13.asp). This session continues a number of ongoing efforts, including the International Quiet Ocean Experiment meeting held at UNESCO in Paris last week I attended, regarding the integration of acoustic monitoring capabilities into ocean observing systems.
171: Acoustical Applications for Ocean Observing Systems
Organizers: Bruce Howe, University of Hawaii at Manoa, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sue Moore, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, email@example.com; Brandon Southall, Southall Environmental Associates, Inc., Brandon.Southall@sea-inc.net
The oceans are largely transparent to sound, hence oceanographic, biological, and signal processing acoustic techniques are primary tools for ocean observation and engineering. The opportunities and value of acoustical observations and techniques within the integrated ocean observing systems are boundless, yet incorporation of these techniques within these systems has been opportunistic and ad hoc. Both regional and international coordination of acoustical applications is essential. Common passive or active acoustical systems can serve several multidisciplinary scientific and educational purposes, using the power and communications capabilities provided by the observing systems. The costs of acoustical components can be minimized by taking advantage of ongoing implementation and maintenance activities of the ocean observing systems. The enormous challenges of planning, implementing and data management specific to acoustics must be faced to bring acoustical tools to fruition for ocean observing systems. This topical session solicits papers relating to any of the wide-ranging applications of acoustics within the observing systems: engineering, biological, or remote sensing. One aim is to identify common acoustical elements shared by several disciplines, hence to identify those elements that may have priority for immediate deployment. Papers addressing “Data Management and Communications; “ (DMAC) issues are particularly encouraged. (12, 13, 16)