Emerging Trends, Issues and Challenges in Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks

Submission Deadline: 31 July 2019

IEEE Access invites manuscript submissions in the area of Emerging Trends, Issues and Challenges in Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks.

Saline water covers approximately 360,000,000 km2, or about 71% of the Earth’s surface, and 90% of the Earth’s biosphere. The ocean contains 97% of Earth’s water, and oceanographers have stated that less than 5% of the World Ocean has been explored. The total volume is approximately 1.35 billion cubic kilometers with an average depth of nearly 3,700 meters. Our ocean and coasts provide jobs for millions of people in coastal communities across the world. Ocean industries such as commercial and recreational fisheries, tourism and recreation, and marine transportation generate billions of dollars every year. We must protect the ocean’s long-term health, not only for the habitat and marine life that depend on it, but for the humans that have relied on its resources for generations. All of this requires maintaining a healthy ocean ecosystem, even as human demands and stress to the ocean are increasing. It is more important than ever to understand how the ocean interacts with various offshore applications. To this end, Underwater Acoustic Sensor Networks (UASNs) play an important role for the ocean’s protection. However, ocean monitoring and research are not an easy task, since the ocean is big and most of the underwater environment is still unknown to us. In addition, due to the high pressure in deep water, it is not suitable for people to work a under water for long periods of time.

Therefore, our Special Section in IEEE Access is about emerging trends, issues and challenges in UASNs. we provide a chance for researchers to share ideas, problems and solutions for UASNs. We also welcome  submissions related to the security and reliability topics for UASNs. Typically, UASN is a hot research topic, though it has not been explored much in IEEE Access Special Sections, until now.


The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Acoustic channel modeling
  • Data collection and processing
  • Communication architecture for UASNs
  • Ad-hoc network using autonomous underwater vehicles
  • MAC protocol design for UASNs
  • Reliable data delivery protocols for UASNs
  • Time sensitive data delivery protocols for UASNs
  • Topology control and routing for UASNs
  • Underwater localization techniques
  • Congestion control protocols for UASNs
  • Secure communication in UASNs
  • Simulation models for UASNs
  • Future technologies using acoustic sensors for UASNs

We also highly recommend the submission of multimedia with each article as it significantly increases the visibility, downloads, and citations of articles.


Associate Editor:  Guangjie Han, Dalian University of Technology, China

Guest Editors:

  1. Muhammad Imran, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  2. Danda B. Rawat, Howard University, USA
  3. Sammy Chan, City University of Hong Kong, , China
  4. Fatos Xhafa, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain


Relevant IEEE Access Special Sections:

  1. Advanced Sensor Technologies on Water Monitoring and Modeling
  2. Ambient Intelligence Environments with Wireless Sensor Networks from the Point of View of Big Data and Smart & Sustainable Cities
  3. Microwave (X- and S-band) Marine Radars for Ocean Sensing

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

Paper submission: Contact Associate Editor and submit manuscript to:

For inquiries regarding this Special Section, please contact: hanguangjie@gmail.com