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Sounds from the deep and the search for MH370

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Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared in the early hours of 8 March, 2014, and is thought to have crashed in the Indian Ocean, thousands of kilometres from its intended course. The subsequent search has highlighted the extreme difficulty of finding wreckage of even a large, modern airliner in the depths of the ocean. Neither light nor radio waves travel far underwater, leaving sound, by far, the most useful sensing tool in such an environment.

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In celebration of National Science Week 2014, you’re invited to a free public event by Dr Alec Duncan from the Centre for Marine Science and Technology.

Wednesday 20 August 2014
6 pm - 7 pm, with refreshments from 5.30 pm
BankWest Lecture Theatre, Building 200A, Curtin University, Bentley
Map showing estimated uncertainty region (yellow polygon) for the source of the signals.

Join Dr Alec Duncan as he explores how sound travels in the ocean, and describes the various devices developed to exploit this. He will discuss the role underwater sound has played so far in the search for MH370, and the role it will play in the future, as what will almost certainly be the largest underwater search ever embarked on gets underway.

About the speaker: Dr Alec Duncan graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Bachelor degree in Applied Physics in 1979. He has been at Curtin’s Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) since 1987, working on a wide variety of underwater acoustics projects. Alec completed his PhD in 2004, and since then he has split his time between research and consultancy work for CMST, and teaching for Curtin’s Department of Imaging and Applied Physics.

This event is free, but seats are limited. Register via Eventbrite by 20 August.

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