Date of Award

Spring 2007

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)


Marine Science


College of Science

First Advisor

P. Ansley Wren


Acoustics is a very broad field with several sub-disciplines; however, they all deal with the same basic study of sound and sound waves. Topics researched can range from musical and instrumental acoustics and how the vibrations of a stringed instrument create different frequencies of sound, to architectural acoustics in which the interaction between sound and buildings are analyzed. Bioacoustics examines how sound is used by animals such as whales, dolphins, and bats. This study is focusing on underwater acoustics; the study of how sound propagates underwater. Sound was actively applied using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) in an attempt to measure the concentration of suspended sediment in the water column; however, the main objective was to first calibrate the ADCP so that estimations and quantifications of the suspended sediment concentration (SSC) can be accurately made.