ASA 125th Meeting Ottawa 1993 May

4pAO8. ATOC---New Zealand receiver site survey and acoustic test.

R. W. Bannister

K. M. Guthrie

J. S. Kay

Defence Sci. Establishment, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand

G. E. J. Bold

M. D. Johns

S. M. Tan

C. T. Tindle

Univ. of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

Possible New Zealand receiver sites for the ATOC experiment have been investigated. A suitable site requires a water depth of 2000 m at a distance of 30 nm or less from the coast and an unobstructed acoustic path to California. A detailed site surveyed and an acoustic trial were conducted in September 1992. In the acoustic trial a series of 1.8-kg SUS charges was detonated off the California coast. Good signals were received in New Zealand at a distance of 10 360 km.