ASA 129th Meeting - Washington, DC - 1995 May 30 .. Jun 06

2aAO7. 1994 moving ship tomography experiment in the western Mediterranean.

Dmitry Yu. Mikhin

Dmitry L. Aleynik

Sergey V. Burenkov

Yury A. Chepurin

Viktor G. Selivanov

Sergey Ya. Molchanov

P. P. Shirshov Oceanogr. Inst. of the Russian Acad. Sci., Moscow 117851, Russia

Oleg A. Godin

NOAA/Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab., Miami, FL 33149

A tomographic network of seven moored transceivers was deployed in the western Mediterranean basin in early 1994 by IfM (Kiel, Germany), IFREMER (Brest, France), and WHOI (Woods Hole, USA) in the framework of the THETIS-2 project. Signals emitted by the transceivers were also utilized in the 8-week moving ship tomography experiment, MOST. Acoustic measurements were made with a single hydrophone and an eight-element vertical array deployed from a drifting vessel and were complemented by CTD casts. The set of observation points was chosen to provide detailed CTD and acoustic data along existing propagation paths of the THETIS-2 network for comparison of traditional and moving ship tomography under well-controlled environmental conditions as well as to create numerous additional propagation paths to improve resolution in the horizontal plane. By precise compensating the Doppler shift due to vessel drift, the data processing technique used made it possible to resolve eigenray arrivals up to 400--600 km range for different sources. Preliminary results of the MOST data processing, analysis, and interpretation will be presented at the meeting. [Work supported by ISF and INTAS.] [sup a)]On leave from P. P. Shirshov Oceanography Institute, Moscow.