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Research Groups

Geophysics/Ocean Sound

undersea volcanic eruption

Hydroacoustic monitoring allows the detection and precise location of small submarine earthquakes and volcanic activity.


blue whale blowing - image by Barb Lagerquist

Underwater acoustic methods are being used to study the distribution of large whales in the open oceans.

Ocean Ambient Sound

images of sources of ambient ocean sound

Studies on the cause and effect of ambient noise, both from natural and man-made sources, on marine ecosystems.