Special Issue "Underwater Sensor Nodes and Underwater Sensor Networks"
Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220)

Journal Impact Factor: 2.245 (2014); 5-Year Impact Factor: 2.474 (2014), Q1
Deadline: 15 December 2015

Lakes, seas and oceans cover more than the 70% of the Earth surface. The miniaturization of the hardware, jointly from the efforts to develop low cost and low energy consumption devices, has brought new ways to sense and monitor marine environments. New research advances in underwater communication and sensing systems have increased both the types of network topologies to spread in the environment and the sensing parameters. However, new marine data collection and data fusion systems for marine surveillance and pollution detection are needed. Moreover, new schemes to explore and protect the marine environment are pursued to increase the number of applications, which can vary from fish and mussel grow observations, deep-sea archaeology, and seismic and volcanic prediction, to spilled oil monitoring.

This Special Issue welcomes works with recent advances on sensors and sensor networks to monitor, observe, measure, control, and manage underwater environments. Many aquatic environment features should be taken into account when designing and deploying underwater sensor nodes and networks, such as the scalability, to allow deploying large number of nodes, node power consumption and resource limitation, wireless underwater communication, propagation latency, high probability error rate, and bandwidth capacity. All these constraints given by an environment’s nature make underwater sensors and sensor networks a complex deployment and implementation case.

This Special Issue includes, but is not limited to, the following topics of interest:

- Sensor devices to measure water parameters
- Pollution sensor nodes
- Sediment and seabed monitoring nodes
- Underwater acoustic sensors
- Underwater sensor architectures
- Wired and wireless protocols
- Localization and positioning systems
- Underwater Target tracking
- Optical, acoustic and electromagnetic underwater communications
- Radiofrequency communications in underwater environments
- Modems
- Study cases, implementations and real deployments of underwater sensor networks
- Routing protocols specialized for underwater wireless sensor networks
- Cooperation in underwater sensor networks
- Modeling and simulation
- Data collection, data fusion, storage, and data retrieval

Recent advances in electronics, circuits, systems, communication protocols, network algorithms, and data mining have made possible new advances in underwater environments. They are the basis to propose new underwater wireless sensor nodes, sensor node location, sensor node placement, communication protocols, and network architectures, because they allow the study of new ways to communicate underwater with higher data rates with longer distances. Moreover, more underwater applications appear every year because these advances support investigations in marine biology, marine science, oceanography, aquiculture, and environment engineering research fields.

This Special Issue will include unpublished works related with theory and practice of underwater sensor nodes and networks, with special interest on practical implementations and deployments. We also seek new proposals on underwater wireless communication technologies.


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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jaime Lloret Mauri
Instituto de Investigación para la Gestión Integrada de Zonas Costeras (IGIC)
Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Camino Vera s/n, 46022, Valencia, Spain
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