ASA 127th Meeting M.I.T. 1994 June 6-10

2pAO2. Dual uses of the Navy undersea surveillance system.

Dennis M. Conlon

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command PMW-182, 2451 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22245

The U.S. Navy's integrated undersea surveillance system (IUSS) consists of a fixed component, the sound surveillance system (SOSUS), and a mobile component, the surveillance towed array sensor system (SURTASS). Access to these systems is being granted to researchers who possess the proper security clearance (i.e., SECRET), and whose work can be accommodated within the framework of the system's primary mission of national defense. Working with IUSS, progress has been achieved in studies of whale migration (WHALES '93 Experiment) and the remote detection of subsurface geophysical events (NOAA VENTS Program). Future uses include a role in the acoustic thermometry of ocean climate (ATOC) Experiment. The mechanics of gaining access to and working within the IUSS are discussed.