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Radiation of acoustic-gravity waves by an impacting object

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

When solid objects, such as an aircraft or meteorite, impact the water surface in the deep ocean they generate propagating compression-type waves known as acoustic-gravity waves (AGWs). AGWs have unique and measurable bottom pressure signatures that travel at speeds near the speed of sound in water, which turns them into near-real time signals. Employing these signals we want to identify the location and form of an impacting object, with a case study of the missing Malaysian aircraft MH370.

Funding Notes

We are interested in pursuing this project and welcome applications if you are self-funded or have funding from other sources, including government sponsorships or your employer.


Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

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