Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor's Name

Robert C. Fisher

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Toby Berk

Third Advisor's Name

John C. Comfort

Fourth Advisor's Name

Linda M. Lawson


Underwater acoustics, Computer programs, Data processing

Date of Defense



Underwater sound is very important in the field of oceanography where it is used for remote sensing in much the same way that radar is used in atmospheric studies. One way to mathematically model sound propagation in the ocean is by using the parabolic-equation method, a technique that allows range dependent environmental parameters. More importantly, this method can model sound transmission where the source emits either a pure tone or a short pulse of sound. Based on the parabolic approximation method and using the split-step Fourier algorithm, a computer model for underwater sound propagation was designed and implemented. This computer model differs from previous models in its use of the interactive mode, structured programming, modular design, and state-of-the-art graphics displays. In addition, the model maximizes the efficiency of computer time through synchronization of loosely coupled dual processors and the design of a restart capability. Since the model is designed for adaptability and for users with limited computer skills, it is anticipated that it will have many applications in the scientific community.





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