University of Alabama
Geophysical methods are key in the characterization of physical systems. This project applies two key geophysical methods to the Alabama continental shelf:
1. Seismic reflection to characterize the water column
2. Sidescan to characterize the seafloor of the Alabama continental shelf
Seismic reflection, though typically used to image below the seafloor, can also be applied to the water column. Salinity boundaries within the water column create acoustic impendence boundaries, which will reflect energy in the same way that contrasting rock layers do.
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