Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 13 Issue 02

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Volume 13, No. 2
Pages 57 - 63

Long-Term Observations in Acoustics—The Ocean Acoustic Observatory Federation

John Orcutt Catherine deGroot-HedlinWilliam HodgkissWilliam KupermanWalter MunkFrank VernonPeter Worcester Eddie Bernard Robert P. DziakChris FoxChing-Sang ChiuCurt CollinsJames MercerRobert Odom Minkyu Park Darin SoukupRobert SpindeI
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The Ocean Acoustic Observatory Federation (OAOF) includes several laboratories and universities: the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) and the Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Pacific Meteorological and Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) of NOAA, the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington (UW/APL). The OAOF integrates the previously independent activities of its member institutions in the collection of long time series from acoustic arrays in the Pacific. The funded activities include the outfitting and operation of retired Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) stations, research in earthquake and volcano seismicity, the monitoring of marine mammal behavior, the use of acoustic methods for ocean acoustic tomography and thermometry, and the development of a fundamental understanding of the coupling of elastic waves from volcanoes and earthquakes into the ocean sound channel.


Orcutt, J., C. deGroot-Hedlin, W. Hodgkiss, W. Kuperman, W. Munk, F. Vernon, P. Worcester, E. Bernard, R. Dziak, C. Fox, C.-S. Chiu, C. Collins, J. Mercer, R. Odom, M. Park, D. Soukup, and R. Spindel. 2000. Long-term observations in acoustics—The Ocean Acoustic Observatory Federation. Oceanography 13(2):57–63, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2000.35.