Principles of Marine Bioacoustics / Edition 1

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Principles of Marine Bioacoustics is about studying the acoustics of marine animals using underwater acoustic techniques. The book discusses and unites the various areas of marine bioacoustics in a single comprehensive text. It covers important subjects associated with marine bioacoustics such as the measurement and generation of underwater sounds, the propagation of acoustic signals in the marine environment and in small tanks, signal processing techniques, and advanced devices used in the field. Also covered are topics relating to marine animals, such as methods to record and acquire acoustic signals from animals, their auditory systems and vocalizations, psychological and physiological testing procedures, and echolocation in marine mammals. This book is aimed at marine biologists and biological oceanographers. It is also relevant for professionals working with government agencies such as the National Marine Fisheries Service or organizations such as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

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“Provides a comprehensive overview of the bioacoustics of marine life. It is targeted for bioacousticians, and is intended to focus on areas of knowledge that they should master. … This book achieves its objective of providing that knowledge base. It also is a valuable information source for engineers and scientists with a background in acoustics, and who are interested in gaining insights into the bioacoustics of marine life. … a valuable information source on marine bioacoustics and is recommended.” (Martin L. Pollack, Noise Control Engineering Journal, Vol. 58 (6), November-December, 2010)

“The book incorporates detailed qualitative and quantitative information and analysis of the sounds produced by marine life with a particular emphasis on marine mammals. … the book contains a vast amount of useful information supported by extensive experimental evidence. … The descriptions of experimental design, measurement, and analysis techniques make this a good starting point for someone planning further experiments in this domain. … I recommend this book to anyone searching for knowledge of marine bioacoustics.” (Adrian Brown, International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration, Vol. 16 (2), 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387783642
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 10/23/2008
  • Series: Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing Series
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 680
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Whitlow W.L. Au and Mardi C. Hastings have been involved with scientific acoustic research on marine animals for many years and their total combined span of time in this field extends over 5 decades.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Principles and Methodology: Introduction. Measurement and Generation of Underwater Sounds. Transducer Properties and Utilization. Acoustic Propagation. Signal Recording and Data Acquisition. Fourier Analysis. Auditory System of Mammals and Fish. Experimental Psychological and Physiological Methodology.- Part II Acoustics of Marine Animals: Hearing in Marine Animals. Emission of Social Sounds by Marine Mammals. Echolocation in Marine Mammals. Some Signal Processing Techniques. Some Instrumentation for Marine Bioacoustics Research.

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