Ice cream and the application of backscatter models.

Ice cream and the application of backscatter models.

J Acoust Soc Am. 2012 Sep;132(3):1882

Author: Horne JK

I was invited to visit Clay and colleagues at the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in October 1991. As an acoustics neophyte, I had lots of questions that Clay patiently took the time to answer while we ate ice cream at the Memorial Union. That discussion led to the development of the Kirchhoff Ray-mode (KRM) model and increased the use of acoustic scattering models to investigate how fish reflect sound. Acoustic scattering models enable investigation of factors or conditions that cannot be replicated or isolated in field or experimental measures. The iterative combination of models with measures improves accuracy of model predictions and the understanding of how the physics of sound interacts with biology to produce acoustic data. Both the structure and application of backscatter models have evolved in their complexity and realism. Examples will be used to illustrate advances in and insight gained through modeling, with special consideration of Clay’s contributions. The talk will conclude with speculation on what Clay would see as the next step.

PMID: 22978993 [PubMed – in process]

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