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This is the inaugural Annual Review + Outlook from APL-UW. Since 1993 we have shared highlights of scientific discoveries, engineering innovations, and educational achievements every other year with colleagues and friends.

Early in 2020 we decided to increase the frequency of our reports, and because this year has turned out to be like no other, there is more urgency to communicate with the entire APL-UW community.

Throughout this year research and engineering teams made advances in all of the Laboratory's areas of expertise. Acousticians report successful experiments to understand the environmental effects on sound propagation through the ocean as well as new ultrasonic technologies and methods to destroy tumors in the human body. Oceanographers are testing theory and deploying innovative sensors and research platforms to probe the physical and biological systems of marine environments around the world. Ocean engineers are applying expertise gained designing the Ocean Observatories Initiative Regional Cabled Array to the global problem of detecting violations of the nuclear test ban. Physicists are crafting models of nonlinear acoustic propagation to guide medical device development and collaborating on an X-ray instrument that is now on a journey to Mars.

resilience + accomplishments   reverberation from roughness   oceanography,
biology, conservation

I believe that current times have demonstrated yet again that the core asset of any institution is its people. I find myself continually amazed by the commitment of APL-UW staff to rise to the occasion. What shows up in this report, in part, documents that commitment.
– Kevin Williams, Executive Director

APL-UW researchers executed experiments of undersea mid-frequency acoustic propagation and reverberation in Dabob Bay.

Oceanographers and fisheries scientists are teaming with non-profits and small businesses to deploy innovative sensing technologies in undersampled ocean environments.

coastal ocean dynamics
in the arctic
  modular design studies   destroying prostate tumors  

Observations and modeling studies seek to understand the increasing vulnerability of northern Alaska coastlines to strong winds, larger waves, and warming waters.

Engineering expertise is applied to maximize sustainability of the undersea listening component of the International Monitoring System — the global network that enforces the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.

An international team has developed an ultrasonic focal therapy for prostate tumors based on noninvasive, ultrasound-guided, mechanical disintegration of tissue.

PIXL heads to Mars   generations next + now   financial health  

Aboard the rover Perseverance is the Planetary Instrument for X-ray Lithochemistry. PIXL will be up front in the search for fossilized signs of Martian life preserved from billions of years ago.

Academic and research achievements by graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, SEED fellows, and early career investigators

In 2020 APL-UW received a record total amount of grant and contract awards. The discretionary funds generated from these awards are being used to further the Laboratory’s human capital.

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Acoustics Air-Sea Interaction & Remote Sensing Center for Environmental & Information Systems Center for Industrial & Medical Ultrasound Electronic & Photonic Systems Ocean Engineering Ocean Physics Polar Science Center