Department of Physics


Senior lecturer

Office: 3W 3.2a
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 385237 


Dr Philippe Blondel 


Biographical Information

  • Senior Lecturer, University of Bath 2004-
  • Lecturer, University of Bath 2001-2004
  • Research Officer, University of Bath 1999-2000
  • Senior Scientific Officer, Southampton Oceanographic Centre (UK) 1995-1999
  • Higher Scientific Officer, Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Deacon Laboratory, 1994-1995
  • Research Scientist, School of Oceanography, University of Washington (USA), 1992-1994
  • Ph.D. (Université Paris-VII Jussieu, France) 1992

Research Interests

  • marine acoustics
  • seabed and habitat mapping
  • ambient noise underwater
  • marine renewable energies
  • innovative imaging tools

My research focuses on the physical understanding of acoustic remote sensing and its uses in underwater environments. This research is based on the development of new experimental and processing techniques, in conjunction with theoretical studies of high-frequency acoustic scattering. It is detailed in my personal home page and in the activities of the Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, of which I am Deputy Director.

Experiments are performed in the large tank facilities of our laboratory, in short sea trials, and in long deep-sea marine expeditions. Theoretical developments currently focus on models of high-frequency bistatic scattering (above 100 kHz) and monostatic backscattering (1 kHz to 500 kHz). The applications are varied and include: seabed mapping, tsunami studies habitat mapping (deep-sea coral reefs, Arctic ecosystems, continental margins), mine counter-measures (MCM), seafloor characterisation (TexAn software) and 3-D imaging of toxic waste in/on the seabed.


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