A quantitative approach to determine analogous areas using environmental parameters
Bryan, Christopher L.
Reeder, D. Benjamin
Batteen, Mary L.
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The backbone of the success of the United States Naval Forces has been its ability to train for future events. By conducting successful training operations, the Navy has prepared for real-world operations. The principle, "fight like you train, train like you fight," has no less significance today than it did in the past. The purpose of this thesis is to develop a new, robust analogous area determination tool for the USN Fleet. This thesis builds upon previous approaches by expanding the potential analogous areas to the entire globe, and including more environmental parameters in the analogous area determination process. In addition, a different approach is used in determining the analogous areas. Instead of a MATLAB-based fuzzy logic approach, this method uses ArcMap software as a tool for performing analogous area searches and display of results. This method is more efficient and user-friendly than the fuzzy logic approach, and allows users to easily tailor the process to meet any requirement. The focus of this thesis is primarily on acoustic features within the water column, but other important environmental features are analyzed. The end result is an effective and accurate analogous area tool ready for immediate use in the fleet.
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