Marine Acoustics is an outstandingly complete text covering the whole field of underwater acoustics and is ideal for teaching graduate courses. All facets of the physics of underwater sound and sonar engineering are explained on a strong foundation of theory. Hundreds of illustrations support the explanations and there is a wealth of references that can assist the reader to further study.
The text is thorough. It begins with the nature and physics of acoustic waves in water; followed by sound propagation and how it is affected by boundary conditions at the sea surface and seabed; propagation modeling: ray acoustics and normal modes; transducers: acoustic projectors and hydrophones; sonars; signal processing; reflection and scattering; non-linear acoustics and parametric sources; elastic waves in solids; sound in marine sediments and layered media; and finally, geoacoustics.
The author, Jens M. Hovem, is a noted teacher and research scientist and taught introductory and advanced courses in marine acoustics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Dr. Hovem has conducted research at the NATO Undersea Research Center, Applied Research Laboratories of the University of Texas at Austin, and SINTEF, the largest research organization in Scandinavia.