Single-hydrophone model-based passive sonar source depth classification

Colin W. Jemmott, R. Lee Culver

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This paper introduces a source depth classification technique applicable to passive low-frequency narrowband sonar signals received by a single hydrophone in shallow water. The classifier is based upon Rice probability density functions with model-derived parameters for the received amplitude of a tonal signal that has been modulated by propagation through the ocean. Differences in modal excitation due to source depth result in different probability density functions of received amplitude that allow for source depth classification. The performance of the technique is demonstrated using data from the SWellEx-96 experiment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6015498
Pages (from-to)696-702
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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