In This Issue
Fall Bridge on Ocean Exploration and its Engineering Challenges
September 18, 2018 Volume 48 Issue 3
This issue is dedicated to the engineering methods used to enhance understanding of the world’s oceans.
Articles In This Issue
  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    AuthorAntononio Busalacchi Jr. and Cameron Fletcher

    The oceans have long been an important domain for exploration, resource extraction, shipping, national security, understanding of weather and climate, and more recently the emerging Blue Economy. The opening of Arctic sea lanes against the backdrop of climate change is a matter of national ...

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    AuthorDon Walsh

    Ocean engineering is an interdisciplinary field (like oceanography) that can be defined as the application of all engineering arts and sciences to ocean-related problems. Present use of the term “sea power” often implies only military uses. But in strategic maritime thought from the ...

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    AuthorPaul G. Gaffney II

    America is the greatest maritime nation, a nation whose place in the middle of the global ocean system has enabled prosperous trade and a unique security situation. Yet that ocean system is still largely unexplored, under-surveyed, and sparsely observed. A world power unavoidably dependent on the ...

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    AuthorArthur B. Baggeroer, Bruce M. Howe, Peter N. Mikhalevsky, John Orcutt, and Henrik Schmidt

    Observatories are important components for ocean research in most developed countries with a coastline. For many decades oceanographic institutions followed what one might term “expeditionary research”: ships went to places to investigate various ocean processes; observations were made ...

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    AuthorLarry A. Mayer

    Mapping is fundamental for exploring, navigating, engineering, exploiting, protecting, and understanding the world. Through the great advances of modern remote sensing technology, it is now relatively simple to image and map the one-quarter of the earth’s surface that is readily visible to ...

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    AuthorWilliam A. Kuperman

    This article is about opportunities for using noise to image the ocean, its bottom, and objects in the water.[1] I review aspects of ocean sound propagation, sources of ocean ambient noise, and some relevant signal processing to deal with the fluctuating, incoherent nature of noise. Then, the ...

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    AuthorLee-Lueng Fu and Dean H. Roemmich

    Sea level rise is an indicator of the extent of the warming of the Earth’s climate as well as a major threat to the world’s coastal zones. The rate of the rise of the global mean sea level has been accelerating since the Industrial Revolution, reaching over 3 mm/yr at present. New ...

  • Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    AuthorIra Flatow

    RON LATANISION (RML): We are delighted to have you with us today, Ira. I understand you have a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from SUNY Buffalo. Is that correct?

    IRA FLATOW: Yes, class of 1971. I was an engineering student and I really wasn’t enjoying it. Engineering was ...