Tom Weber, Assistant Professor

Tom Weber, Assistant Professor

Jere Chase room 229


Ph.D., Acoustics, Penn State, 2006.
M.S., Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island, 2000.
B.S., Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island, 1997.

Prof. Tom Weber joined the Mechanical Engineering faculty in the fall of 2012.  He is also a faculty member of the UNH Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, which he joined after completing his PhD in 2006. 

Prof. Weber conducts research in the field of underwater acoustics and acoustical oceanography.   His specific areas of interest include acoustic propagation and scattering in fluids containing gas bubbles, the application of acoustic technologies to fisheries science, high-frequency acoustic characterization of the seafloor, and sonar engineering. 

Prof. Weber regularly teaches Underwater Acoustics (OE 795/895) as well as Projects/Numerical Methods (ME 696).

Research Areas

  • Acoustic propagation and scattering in random media
  • Experimental methods in high-frequency underwater acoustics
  • Sonar engineering


Weber, T., C. Rooper, J. Butler, D. Jones, C. Wilson, “Seabed classification for trawlability determined with a multibeam echosounder on Snakehead Bank in the Gulf of Alaska,” Fish. Bull., 111: 68-77. 2013.

Hickman, S., P. Hsieh, W. Mooney, C. Enomoto, P. Nelson, L. Mayer, T. Weber, K. Moran, P. Flemings, M. McNutt, “Scientific basis for safely shutting in the Macondo well following the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon blowout,” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci, 2012. Doi:10.1073/pnas.1115847109.

Stockwell, J., T. Weber, A. Baukus, and J. Jech, “On the use of omni-directional sonars and downward-looking echosounders to assess pelagic fish distributions during and after midwater trawling,” ICES. J. Mar. Sci. 2012.

Jones, D., C. Wilson, A. De Robertis, C. Rooper, T. Weber, and J. Butler, “Evaluation of rockfish abundance in untrawlable habitat: combining acoustic and complementary sampling tools,” Fish. Bull. 110: 332-343. 2012.

Weber, T., A. De Robertis, S. Greenaway, S. Smith, L. Mayer, and G. Rice, “Estimating oil concentration and flow rate with calibrated vessel-mounted acoustic echo sounders,” Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., December 2011. doi:10.1073/pnas.1108771108

Weber, T., A. Lyons, and D. Bradley, “Consistency in statistical moments as a test for bubble cloud clustering,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 130(5), pp. 3396-3405. November 2011.

Kessler, J., D. Valentine, M. Redmond, M. Du, E. Chan, S. Mendes, E. Quiroz, C. Villanueva, S. Shusta, L. Werra, S. Yvon-Lewis, and T. Weber, “A persistent oxygen anomaly reveals the fate of spilled methane in the deep Gulf of Mexico,” Science 331 (6015) pp. 312-315, January 2011.

McGonigle, C., J. Grabowski, C. Brown, T. Weber, and R. Quin, “Detection of deep water benthic macroalgae using image-based classification techniques on multibeam backscatter at Cashes Ledge, Gulf of Maine, USA,” Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 91 (1), 87-101, January 2011.

Schmidt, V., T. Weber, D. Wiley, and M. Johnson, “Underwater tracking of humpback whales (megaptera novaeangliae) with HF pingers and acoustic recording tags,” J. Oce. Eng., 35(4), 821-836.  October 2010. (student paper)

Weber, T., H. Pena, and J. M. Jech, “Consecutive acoustic observations of an Atlantic herring school in the Northwest Atlantic,” ICES J. Marine Sci. 66: 1270-1277.  April 2009.

Gurshin, C.W., J. M. Jech, W. H. Howell, T.C. Weber, and L. A. Mayer, “Measurements of acoustic backscatter and density of captive Atlantic cod with synchronized 300-kHz multibeam and 120-kHz split-beam echosounders,” ICES J. Marine Sci., 66: April 2009.

Weber, T., “Observations of clustering inside oceanic bubble clouds and the effect on short-range acoustic propagation,” J. Acoust. Soc. America, 124(5), pp. 2783-2792, November 2008.