Department of Physics

philippe_blondel

Senior lecturer

Office: 3W 3.2a
Email: pyspb@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 385237 

 

Dr Philippe Blondel 

Profile

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.

Publications

Walsh, J., Bashir, I., Garrett, J., Thies, P. R., Blondel, P. and Johanning, L., 2017. Monitoring the condition of Marine Renewable Energy Devices through underwater Acoustic Emissions:Case study of a Wave Energy Converter in Falmouth Bay, UK. Renewable Energy, 102 (Part A), pp. 205-213.

Garrett, J., Blondel, P., Godley, B. J., Pikesley, S., Witt, M. and Johanning, L., 2016. Long term underwater sound measurements in the shipping noise indicator bands 63 Hz and 125 Hz from the port of Falmouth Bay, UK. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 110 (1), pp. 438-448.

Jimenez, G., Blondel, P., Heath, B. and Wyatt, R., 2016. Forthcoming. Seismic Surveys in Complex Environments – Analysing the Variability of Exclusion Zones with Field Measurements and Models. In: The Fourth International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, 2016-07-11 - 2016-07-16, Trinity College, Dublin.

Williamson, B., Blondel, P., Waggitt, J., Fraser, S., Bell, P. and Scott, B., 2016. Acoustic imaging around Marine Renewable Energy Devices - Field deployments of the FLOWBEC platform. In: Zang, J., Plummer, A., Perez-Collazo, C. and Blondel, P., eds. 3rd PRIMaRE conference, 2016-07-05 - 2016-07-06, University of Bath.

Blondel, P., Sagen, H., Martin, B., Pettit, E., TEGOWSKI, J., Thodes, A., Tollefsen, D. and Worcester, P., 2016. Report of the Polar Session, Oceanoise2015:Report of the Round Table Session on Polar Noise. In: André, M., ed. OCEANOISE2015 Conference Conclusions. Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain: .

Thomsen, F., Lepper, P., Bald, J., Blondel, P., Grellier, K., Norro, A., Tougaard, J. and Wilson, B., 2016. Report of the Renewable Energy Session, Oceanoise2015:Report of the Round Table Session on Renewable Energy. In: André, M. and Sigray, P., eds. OCEANOISE2015. Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain: .

Montereale Gavazzi, G., Madricardo, F., Janowski, L., Kruss, A., Blondel, P., Sigovini, M. and Foglini, F., 2016. Evaluation of seabed mapping methods for fine-scale classification of extremely shallow benthic habitats – application to the Venice Lagoon, Italy. Estuarine, Costal and Shelf Science, 170, pp. 45-60.

Banda, N. and Blondel, P., 2016. Identifying mid-water targets using the higher frequencies emitted by seismic sources of opportunity. Monterey, U. S. A.: IEEE, pp. 1-7.

Glowacki, O., Deane, G., Moskalik, M., Tegowski, J. and Blondel, P., 2015. Two-element acoustic array gives insight into ice-ocean interactions in Hornsund Fjord, Spitsbergen. Polish Polar Research, 36 (4), pp. 355-367.

Blondel, P., Holden, A., Holland, C., Canty, L., Heald, G. and Thorne, P., 2015. Seabed and Sediment Acoustics: Measurements and Modelling (Book of Abstracts). In: Seabed and Sediment Acoustics, 2015-09-06 - 2015-09-09, University of Bath.

Holden, A. and Blondel, P., 2015. Seabed and Sediment Acoustics:Measurements and Modelling Conference. Acoustics Bulletin, 40 (6), pp. 6-8.

Walsh, J., Bashir, I., Thies, P. R., Johanning, L. and Blondel, P., 2015. Acoustic emission health monitoring of marine renewables:illustration with a wave energy converter in Falmouth Bay (UK). In: MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2015 - Genova, 2015-05-18 - 2015-05-21. IEEE.

Blondel, P., Prampolini, M. and Foglini, F., 2015. Acoustic textures and multibeam mapping of shallow marine habitats - Examples from Eastern Malta. Institute of Acoustics, p. 250.

Williamson, B., Blondel, P., Armstrong, E., Bell, P., Hall, C., Waggitt, J. and Scott, B., 2015. A self-contained subsea platform for acoustic monitoring of the environment around marine renewable energy devices - Field deployments at wave and tidal energy sites in Orkney, Scotland. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering

Glowacki, O., Deane, G., Moskalik, M., Blondel, P., Tegowski, J. and Błaszczyk, M., 2015. Underwater acoustic signatures of glacier calving. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (3), pp. 804-812.

Merchant, N. D., Fristrup, K. M., Johnson, M. P., Tyack, P. L., Witt, M. J., Blondel, P. and Parks, S. E., 2015. Measuring acoustic habitats. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 6 (3), pp. 257-265.

Williamson, B., Blondel, P., Waggitt, J., Fraser, S., Hall, C., Armstrong, E., Bell, P. and Scott, B., 2015. Using the FLOWBEC seabed frame to understand underwater interactions between diving seabirds, prey, hydrodynamics and MREDs. In: Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme, 2015-03-01.

Blondel, P., 2014. Listening to the world. Physics World, 27 (12), pp. 32-33.

GLOWACKI, O., Deane, G., MOSKALIK, M., TEGOWSKI, J. and Blondel, P., 2014. Directivity of underwater sounds generated in the vicinity of tidewater glaciers. In: American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, 2014, 2014-12-15 - 2014-12-19. American Geophysical Union.

Deane, G., Glowacki, O., Tegowski, J., Moskalik, M. and Blondel, P., 2014. Directionality of the ambient noise field in an Arctic, glacial bay. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136 (5), EL350.

SIMPSON, S., Blondel, P. and Thompson, P., 2014. Biological Effects of Marine Noise:A Workshop supported by the Strategic Ocean Funding Initiative (SOFI), the Natural Environment Research Council's Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme (NERC), and the Underwater Sound Forum (USF). (NERC) Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme.

Blondel, P. C. and Williamson, B. J., 2013. Long-term multibeam measurements around a tidal turbine test site in Orkney, Scotland. In: Annual Spring Conference, Acoustics 2013, 2013-05-13 - 2013-05-13.

Merchant, N. D., Blondel, P., Dakin, D. T. and Dorocicz, J., 2012. Averaging underwater noise levels for environmental assessment of shipping. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132 (4), EL343-EL349.

Merchant, N. D., Witt, M. J., Blondel, P., Godley, B. J. and Smith, G. H., 2012. Assessing sound exposure from shipping in coastal waters using a single hydrophone and Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 64 (7), pp. 1320-1329.

Micallef, A., LeBas, T. P., Huvenne, V. A. I., Blondel, P., Huenerbach, V. and Deidun, A., 2012. A multi-method approach for benthic habitat mapping of shallow coastal areas with high-resolution multibeam data. Continental Shelf Research, 39-40, pp. 14-26.

Blondel, P., ed., 2012. Bathymetry and its Applications. InTech Open Access Publisher.

Kruss, A., Blondel, P. and Tegowski, J., 2012. Acoustic properties of macrophytes: Comparison of single-beam and multibeam imaging with modeling results. In: 11th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics, 2012-07-01 - 2012-07-06. St. Albans: Institute of Acoustics, pp. 168-175.

Merchant, N., Witt, M. J., Blondel, P., Godley, B. J. and Smith, G., 2012. Long-term monitoring of sound exposure from shipping in coastal waters. In: 11th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics, 2012-07-01 - 2012-07-06. St. Albans: Institute of Acoustics, pp. 1026-1033.

Williamson, B. and Blondel, P., 2012. Multibeam imaging of the environment around marine renewable energy devices. In: 11th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics, 2012-07-01 - 2012-07-06. St. Albans: Institute of Acoustics, pp. 1271-1277.

Tegowski, J., Deane, G., Lisimenka, A. and Blondel, P., 2012. Spectral and statistical analyses of ambient noise in Spitsvergen Fjords and identification of glacier calving events. In: 11th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics, 2012-07-01 - 2012-07-06. St. Albans: Institute of Acoustics, pp. 1667-1672.

Merchant, N., Witt, M. J., Blondel, P., Godley, B. J. and Smith, G. H., 2011. Ambient noise in the Western English Channel: Temporal variability due to shipping and biological sources. Institute of Acoustics, pp. 27-29.

Tegowski, J., Deane, G., Lisimenka, A. and Blondel, P., 2011. Underwater ambient noise of glaciers on Svalbard as indicator of dynamic processes in the Arctic. In: Ambient Noise in North-European Seas: Monitoring, Impact and Management 2011, 2011-10-02 - 2011-10-04. Institute of Acoustics, pp. 83-85.

Woelfel, J., Schumann, R., Peine, F., Flohr, A., Kruss, A., Tegowski, J., Blondel, P., Wiencke, C. and Karsten, U., 2010. Microphytobenthos of Arctic Kongsfjorden (Svalbard, Norway): biomass and potential primary production along the shore line. Polar Biology, 33 (9), pp. 1239-1253.

Lurton, X., Blondel, P. and Collins-Keogh, M., 2010. Ambient noise in the ocean. In: Lurton, X., ed. An Introduction to Underwater Acoustics: Principles and Applications. 2nd ed. Berlin: Springer, pp. 123-165.

Graf, S., Blondel, P. C., Megill, W. M. and Clift, S. E., 2009. Acoustic modelling of dolphin sound reception and implications for biosonar design. In: Oceans 2009 - Europe. New York: IEEE, pp. 1519-1524.

Brown, C. J. and Blondel, P., 2009. Developments in the application of multibeam sonar backscatter data for seafloor habitat mapping. Applied Acoustics, 70 (10), pp. 1242-1247.

Blondel, P. and Gomez Sichi, O., 2009. Textural analyses of multibeam sonar imagery from Stanton Banks, Northern Ireland continental shelf. Applied Acoustics, 70 (10), pp. 1288-1297.

Blondel, P. and Pace, N. G., 2009. Bistatic Sonars: Sea Trials, Laboratory Experiments and Future Surveys. Archives of Acoustics, 34 (1), pp. 95-109.

Blondel, P., 2009. Handbook of Sidescan Sonar. Springer.

Graf, S., Blondel, P., Megill, W. and Clift, S., 2009. Sound reception in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) Results from 2-D and 3-D modelling.

Brown, C. J. and Blondel, P., 2009. The application of underwater acoustics to seabed habitat mapping (Guest editorial). Applied Acoustics, 70 (10), p. 1241.

Blondel, P., 2008. A review of acoustic techniques for habitat mapping. Hydroacoustics, 11, pp. 29-38.

Howey, R. and Blondel, P., 2008. Bistatic scattering in sediments:Comparison of model and scaled tank experiments at 238 kHz. In: 7th European Conference on Noise Control 2008, EURONOISE 2008, 2008-06-28 - 2008-07-03.

Kruss, A., Tegowski, J., Wiktor, J., Tatarek, A. and Blondel, P., 2008. Estimation of macrophytes using single-beam and multibeam echosounding for environmental monitoring of arctic fjords (Kongsfjord, West Svalbard Island). In: 7th European Conference on Noise Control 2008, EURONOISE 2008, 2008-06-28 - 2008-07-03.

Graf, S., Megill, W. M., Blondel, P. and Clift, S. E., 2008. Investigation into the possible role of dolphins' teeth in sound reception. In: 7th European Conference on Noise Control 2008, EURONOISE 2008, 2008-06-28 - 2008-07-03.

Wladichuk, J.L., Megill, W.M. and Blondel, P., 2008. Passive acoustic localization techniques of Eastern Pacific grey whales. In: 7th European Conference on Noise Control 2008, EURONOISE 2008, 2008-06-28 - 2008-07-03.

Keogh, M. and Blondel, P., 2008. Passive acoustic monitoring of ocean weather patterns. In: Conference on Underwater Noise Measurement, Impact and Mitigation 2008, 2008-10-13 - 2008-10-14. Institute of Acoustics, pp. 85-92.

Blondel, P., 2008. Rapid distinction of dumpsite objects using Multiple-Aspect Scattering - Results from scaled tank experiments. In: 7th European Conference on Noise Control 2008, EURONOISE 2008, 2008-06-28 - 2008-07-03.

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