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A Revolutionary Underwater Electronic Imaging Technique


Narrator: This is Science Today. A revolutionary, underwater electronic imaging technique is under development at the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Michael Buckingham, a professor of ocean acoustics, is the co-developer of Acoustic Daylight Ocean Noise Imaging System or ADONIS. Buckingham explains that this technique uses the ambient noise already present in the ocean to create images of objects in the water.

Buckingham: The idea that the ocean is the silent deep is not necessarily correct. The ocean is a noisy place, there are lots of things creating sound, which fill the depth.

Narrator: Still in the testing stages, fundamentally, ADONIS works like a camera without a flash. That is, it uses ambient light reflected off an object to create an image of that object. Once perfected, Buckingham says ADONIS could have numerous applications.

Buckingham: It could be used in the Navy or commercially in the oil or cable-laying industry.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.