?Underwater acoustic channel properties ?in the Gulf of Naples and their effects ?on digital data transmission

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T. A. ?Stabile
A. Zollo
M. V?assallo
G. Iannaccone


?In this paper we studied the physical properties of the Gulf of Naples (Southern Italy) for its use as a commu-
nication channel for the acoustic transmission of digital data acquired by seismic instruments on the seafloor to
a moored buoy. The acoustic link will be assured by high frequency acoustic modems operating with a central
frequency of 100 kHz and a band pass of 10 kHz. The main operational requirements of data transmission con-
cern the near horizontal acoustic link, the maximum depth of the sea being about 300 m and the planned hori-
zontal distance between seismic instruments and buoy 2 km. This study constructs the signal-to-noise ratio maps
to understand the limits beyond which the clarity of the transmission is no longer considered reliable. Using ray-
theory, we compute the amplitudes of a transmitted signal at a grid of 21×12 receivers to calculate the transmis-
sion loss at each receiver. The signal-to-noise ratio is finally computed for each receiver knowing also the trans-
mitter source level and the acoustic noise level in the Gulf of Naples. The results show that the multipath effects
predominate over the effects produced by the sound velocity gradient in the sea in the summer period. In the case
of omnidirectional transmitters with a Source Level (SL) of 165 dB and a baud rate of 2.4 kbit/s, the results al-
so show that distances of 1400-1600 m can be reached throughout the year for transmitter-receiver connections
below 50 m depth in the underwater acoustic channel.

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?Stabile, T. A., Zollo, A., V?assallo, M. and Iannaccone, G. (2007) “?Underwater acoustic channel properties ?in the Gulf of Naples and their effects ?on digital data transmission”, Annals of Geophysics, 50(3), pp. 411–426. doi: 10.4401/ag-4420.

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