Oceanic Detection of Meteorite Impacts

Supervisor: Dr. Peter Brown

Project Description (Abstract):

This project involves searching hydroacoustic records for wave signatures associated with large bolides (fireballs) and understanding better the seismic efficiency of impacts on land and sea. The goal of the project is to isolate one or more bolide signatures from a suite of 11 hydroacoustic stations worldwide and identify signals from meteorites impacting the ocean surface and/or airwaves from fireball explosions coupled to the ocean. The project will involve signal analysis using MATLAB and some interpretation of wave propagation in the ocean. Additionally, a detailed literature search related to seismo-acoustic and seismo-hydroacoustic coupling will be performed with respect to efficiency of seismic and hydroacoustic impacts.

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