Advanced Sensor Technologies on Water Monitoring and Modeling

Submission Deadline: 30 July 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Advanced Sensor Technologies on Water Monitoring and Modeling.

Developing new methods and technologies for water pollution control, water resources management, and restoration of watershed ecosystems are critical for securing water security and sustainable development. The biophysicochemical parameters in an aqueous system, such as flow, hydraulic heads, temperature, pH, conductivity, turbidity, microorganisms, solutes concentration, etc., are of great significance in water research. Traditional methods for aqueous environmental monitoring and modeling are heavily dependent on instant point-in-space measurements, laboratory analysis, and physical and computing infrastructure. However, these methods are not only of high cost, but also are unable to timely provide many of the required spatiotemporal features. Thus, there is a clear need for continuous on-line monitoring water quality and hydrologic conditions using advanced sensors technologies across spatiotemporal resolutions.

The rapid expansion of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, cloud computing and big data promote unprecedented advances in signal processing and information system. Such advances support the development of sensing technologies, as well as software-defined networks, which allow effective monitoring and modeling for water issues. Sensing and control systems that are suitable for the effective monitoring of biophysicochemical parameters, as well as for detecting concentrations of interest in solutes, are crucial to investigate water health and chemical evolutions, and also to timely implement prevention and management strategies.

The purpose of this Special Section in IEEE Access is to solicit manuscripts on the emerging trends, issues, and challenges in smart sensing for aqueous environment monitoring and modeling. Practical studies describing techniques or information system for real-time and in-situ recording of biophysicochemical parameters in an aqueous environment are encouraged. Letters, reports, and reviews with a multidisciplinary focus are also welcome. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced sensing technologies in aqueous environments
  • Low cost, portable optical sensing technologies for water monitoring
  • Design, simulation and implementation of sensor systems for water leakage monitoring
  • Water quality sensing in Water Distribution System (WDS)
  • Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) for water resource management and control
  • Web-based system analysis and modeling in urban water systems
  • Smartphone-based mobile water monitoring and heterogeneous sensor network
  • Transportation and environmental pollution analysis on water quality
  • Real-time flood forecasting and warning systems
  • Novel monitoring system for municipal water pipes
  • Remote Hydrologic Sensor Networks in the context of citizen science
  • Underwater acoustic signaling and interactive visualizing technologies
  • Real-time, on-site and in-situ monitoring in water and marine environments
  • Robotic and autonomous hydraulic information monitoring infrastructures
  • Experimental network measurements and characterization for aqueous monitoring
  • Water data processing pipelines and data product generation
  • Water data life-cycle management and end-to-end systems
  • Data quality assurance and quality control for observational water data
  • Innovation in water and healthy environments research
  • Adaptive measurements collection, acquisition, management, and visualization
  • Sustainable water management and cost-benefit analysis
  • Security issues and solutions for privacy in an aqueous environment

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Associate Editor: Xiang Huang, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China

Guest Editors:

  1. Jie Liu, Peking University, China
  2. Eftichios Koutroulis, Technical University of Crete, Greece
  3. Branko Kerkez, University of Michigan, USA
  4. Gilberto Pastorello, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
  5. Nick R. Harris, University of Southampton, UK.


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Underwater Wireless Communications and Networking
  2. Multiphase Flow Measurement: Techniques and Applications
  3. Convergence of Sensor Networks, Cloud Computing, and Big Data in Industrial Internet of Things

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

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