Parametric analysis of echosounder performance.
Fuller, Robert Judson
Walters, Donald L.
Shaw, William J.
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An echosounder is used to probe various atmospheric parameters. An acoustic wave is transmitted into the atmosphere and information deduced from the backscattered energy. This thesis seeks to understand the range limitations of the echosounder and to explore methods to quantify atmospheric turbulence parameters at a given range. The propagation of the acoustic energy, including the effects of excess attenuation, are modeled to predict the performance of an echosounder when various parameters are changed. The electronics of an existing echosounder are investigated to understand inherent or design limitations.
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