acoustic tomography


Definition of acoustic tomography

: a technique for determining the physical qualities of a known substance by measuring how long it takes sound to travel through it Integrating measurements, such as acoustic tomography, and the installation of cheap and easy-to-use probes on ships of opportunity hold great promise.— Thomas Royer, Eos, 31 Aug. 1999

Note: Acoustic tomography is often used to analyze ocean water. It can be used to measure a number of different qualities, such as salinity or pressure. When it is used to determine temperature, it can also be called acoustic thermometry.

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1980, in the meaning defined above

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“Acoustic tomography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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