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What are linear decibels (dBL) and how do they compare to standard dB SPL?

I'm reading through an EIS that has a blast monitoring section where blasts are characterized by Peak Pressure Level (PPL) measured in linear decibels (dBL). I cannot find a good definition of this ...
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extent of sound transmission from air to water

How would one go about calculating the amount of sound transmitted from air to water? From experience recording bats over water surfaces I suspect a lot of sound is reflected back up into the air. ...
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Why are high frequency sounds absorbed more than low frequency sound?

Atmospheric absorption seems to play a big role in bat echolocation as it apparently strongly limits perception range. I know absorption changes with frequency, but I don't understand why, and all the ...
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Simulating indoor/terrestrial sound propagation to test analysis workflows

I'm currently trying to analyse multi-channel audio recorded in a cave (reverberant conditions). I'd like to check how well my bat calls are being localized, and the extent to which reverberance ...
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Why does sound from ships propagate better in deep water than in shallow water?

I saw the following graph in a blog post about how shipping noise affects whales. Why does the sound seem to propagate better in deep water than in shallow water? Are there any known marine species ...