Marine Acoustics, Sonar Systems and Signal Processing - Short Course

Acoustic underwater sensing is highly interdisciplinary, requiring input from the fields of environmental and target acoustics, sonar system design, and signal processing.This course provides a fundamental understanding of these three disciplines as well as a comprehensive introduction to a broad array of more advanced basic and applied research topics. The course will give scientists and engineers who want an introduction to, or a review of, topics in marine acoustics, sonar systems, and signal processing the necessary background for reviewing current technical literature or for taking more focused courses.

About the Program

To accommodate the broad range of participants' interests and backgrounds, the course format will consist of two days of basic introductory lectures focused on fundamentals and two days allowing for students to choose between two concurrent sessions on more specialized topics in acoustics, sonar, and signal processing. The last day will consist of tank demonstrations highlighting the week’s lecture material. Participants will receive notes in electronic form for all sessions.

Course Topics

  • Fundamentals of acoustics
  • Sonar concepts overview
  • Propagation and scattering
  • Sonar signal processing basics
  • Advance Detection Concepts
  • Marine bioacoustics
  • Marine acoustic remote sensing
  • Acoustic communication
  • Target scattering
  • Array design concepts
  • Imaging sonar
  • Transduction materials and devices
  • Demonstrations

More Course Information

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are based on a standard of 1 unit per 10 hours of classroom instruction. You will receive up to 36 hours for attending the entire course. Upon completion of this program, each participant will be awarded a certificate for the CEUs earned.

Contact Us

Programming and Course Information

  Anthony Lyons,

Registration and Logistics

When / Where:

June 3-7, 2019
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH


$1,975 per person (Price reflects 2018 fee. Please check back for 2019 fee.)

Course fee includes:

  • Daily lunch
  • Welcome reception and dinner
  • Farewell dinner
  • Course materials provided in electronic format

Not included - Participant's travel, accommodations and meals other than stated above.

The 2019 Marine Acoustics Short Course Class Photo

2019 Marine Acoustics Short Course Class Photo