Abstract

In 2018, underwater acoustics is already celebrating its first century, full of discoveries, applications and emotions. Our field has revolutionised human activities at sea, from navigation to communications, from warfare to exploration of the global ocean. We can map plate tectonics and discover new realms of the
oceans, we can follow animals down rivers and across the seas, we can apply acoustics to all sorts of good applications (and some bad ones too). So, what is left for the next generations? In the words of a famous physicist from the late 19th century, are there “no marvels in store even more astonishing that
those of the past”, and should we say that “all that remains to be done is compute effects to another decimal place”? This short presentation will offer a summary of where underwater acoustics is at the moment, how it branches into so many other fields of science and technology, and conclude with a highly personal perspective of what the next 100 years might offer, remembering that futurists always get it wrong, and the future is always different and more exciting
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2018
EventUK Acoustics Network - Special Interest Group Underwater Acoustics
Challenges of the Past and Challenges of the Future
- Imperial College, London, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 11 Jul 201811 Jul 2018

Workshop

WorkshopUK Acoustics Network - Special Interest Group Underwater Acoustics
Challenges of the Past and Challenges of the Future
Abbreviated titleUKAN-SIGUA 2018
CountryUK United Kingdom
CityLondon
Period11/07/1811/07/18

Keywords

  • underwater acoustics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology

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