Researcher Profile

Ross Chapman

Job Title: Professor and Senior Chair in Ocean Acoustics
Employer: University of Victoria
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
High School attended: Waterdown District High
Further Education: McMaster University (B.Sc. - Physics), University of British Columbia (Ph.D. - Physics).
Geographic focus of research: West Coast and East Coast of Canada, France, Greece.

Brief synopsis of current research:
My research interests are in development and application of experimetnal and theoretical inverse methods for acoustic characterization of the sea floor and subbottom materials. I have applied both conventional seismic techniques and newly developed acoustic inverse methods to investigate (1) evolution of upper oceanic crust at the Juan de Fuca Ridge; (2) submarine gas hydrates offshore Vancouver Island; (3) acoustic tomography of the Haro Strait. New interests also include the theory of sound propagation in marine sediments.

Mailing address:
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, PO Box 3055, Victoria BC V8W 3P6

Recent Publications:

Chapman, N.R., Ozard, K.S. and Yeremy, M.L., Error bounds in matched field inversion for geoacoustic properties, accepted in J. Comp. Acoustics, 1998.

Elisseef, P., Schmidt, H., Johnson, M., and Chapman, N.R, Acoustic current tomography of a coastal front in Haro Strait, accepted in J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 1997.

Chapman, N.R and Hannay, D.E., Broadband matched field inversion for estimation of geoacoustic properties, in Shallow Water Acoustics, R. Zhang and J. Zhou editors, pp 145-150, China Ocean Press, 1997.

Pignot, P and Chapman, N.R., Tomographic inversion of geoacoustic properties in a range dependent shallow water environment, submitted to J. Acoust. Soc. Am., August, 1998.

Musil, M, Chapman, N.R. and Wilmut, M., Range dependent matched field inversion of Swellex96 data using the downhill simplex algorithm, accepted in J. Acoust. Soc. Am., August, 1998.