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Acoustic Particle Velocity Measurements near a Rocky Shore off Cabo Frio Island

S.M. Jesus sjesus(at)ualg.pt
LARSyS, University of Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal.
F.C. Xavier, fabiofcx(at)gmail.com
R.P. Vio, renato.vio(at)gmail.com
J. Osowsky, jeff.osowsky(at)hotmail.com,
M.V. Simões, mvssimoes(at)gmail.com
E.B. Netto, eb-netto(at)uol.com.br
IEAPM, Brazilian Navy, Arraial do Cabo, RJ 28930-000 Brazil

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Ref.: Journal of Acoustical Society of America, Vol.147(6), pp.4009-4019, June 2020 (doi).

This paper describes the lessons learned from the experiment BIOCOM'19 carried out in January 2019, in a shallow water bay off the island of Cabo Frio (RJ, Brazil). A dual accelerometer vector sensor hydrophone was deployed for two days, near a rocky shore covered with a significant benthic fauna. The results show that the frequency band above approximately 1.5 kHz is mostly associated with invertebrate biological noise and that the acoustic and the particle motion fields have a similar behavior, following the usual dawn-dusk activity pattern, and a coherent directivity content. At low frequencies, below ~300 Hz, the acoustic pressure and the particle acceleration fields have significantly different spectral content along time. Many of these differences are due to anthropogenic noise sources related with nearby boating activity, while during quiet periods they may be attributed to the biological activity from the rock shore.