Microwave (X- and S-band) Marine Radars for Ocean Sensing

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2017

Submission Deadline: 31 December 2017

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Microwave (X- and S-band) Marine Radars for Ocean Sensing.

Non-coherent X-band (8-12 GHz) and S-band (2-4 GHz) marine radars have been used to aid the navigation of ships and monitor the traffic in coastal approaches for decades. These traditional marine radar (MR) applications treat the radar return from the sea surface, or sea clutter, as a noise that must be suppressed. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in X- and S-band MR ocean sensing. Non-coherent MRs have been shown to yield accurate surface wave frequency-direction spectra, maps of the sea surface elevation, the near-surface current, and the bathymetry, as well as surface wind information, among other products, under a broad range of environmental conditions. Meanwhile, MR technology is currently undergoing a transition towards a fully coherent solid state architecture. In MR ocean sensing, coherent on-receive magnetron-based systems are finding broader use. It has been shown to yield accurate significant wave heights Hs, doing away with the calibration step that is needed to retrieve Hs from non-coherent systems, and is being used to improve our understanding of grazing incidence radar scattering mechanisms. What is more, digital signal processing is becoming more commonplace in off-the-shelf commercial MRs, potentially broadening the scope of oceanographic applications.

MR ocean sensing is now being used by academia, government, and industry, e.g., for studying air–sea interaction processes, monitoring oil spills, or supporting offshore platform operations. This Special Section in IEEE Access provides a forum for MR scientists all over the world to present recent advances in the field. These advances in ocean sensing are critical to the sustainable exploration and management of the diverse coastal and off-shore resources worldwide. Authors are encouraged to submit original work related to microwave (X- and S-band) marine radar. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Surface waves
  • Upper ocean currents
  • Coastal bathymetry
  • Internal waves
  • Sea ice
  • Sea surface roughness and winds
  • Surfactants
  • Rain effect
  • Marine birds and mammals
  • Small vessels
  • Radar scattering and imaging mechanisms

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Associate Editor: Weimin Huang, Memorial University, Canada

Guest Editors:

  1. Björn Lund, University of Miami, USA
  2. Jochen Horstmann, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany


IEEE Access Editor-in-Chief: Michael Pecht, Professor and Director, CALCE, University of Maryland

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For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: weimin@mun.ca