Special Issue "Underwater Acoustics"
A special issue of Acoustics (ISSN 2624-599X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.
Interests: underwater acoustics; acoustics and acoustics engineering; transducers; ultrasonic and astrophysics
The seas and the oceans are a big reservoir of natural resources and regulate the Earth’s climate system, playing a fundamental role in global temperature warming. Therefore, the study of the ocean is one of the most important challenges facing society today, and one that must be addressed using both fundamental science and engineering. Its study is multidisciplinary, and underwater acoustics is one of the fundamental tools. As electromagnetic waves (attenuated near 100 m) propagate poorly, acoustics waves are the only type of radiation that can propagate at large distances (thousands of kilometres).
Underwater acoustics is closely related to several other fields of acoustic study, including sonar, transduction, acoustic signal processing, underwater communications systems and networks, acoustical oceanography, bioacoustics, and physical acoustics.
Underwater sound is used as a tool to aid the study of marine life, from microplankton to the cetacean or dolphins. Echo sounders are often used to provide data on marine life abundance, distribution, and behavior information, also used for fish location, quantity, size, and biomass estimation.
A topic related with astroparticle physics is proposed in this Special Issue: Acoustics in the Neutrino Telescope, which is a big detector under sea that uses string lines where optical modules (DOM) are installed to detect neutrinos. To reconstruct the neutrino event and the coming direction, it is necessary to monitor the position of each DOM, which is mounted on flexible string lines fixed at the seabed, held close to vertical by buoys and moved by sea currents. Using a piezoceramic transducer, installed inside of each DOM, and some emitters anchored in the sea floor, it is possible to calculate the position of each DOM via a triangulation method. It is thought that ultrahigh energy neutrino interaction in seawater can be detected acoustically.
In recent decades, the advances in the theory and applications of communication systems and submarine networks have been enormous in different research fields, such as: climate control, remote control of AUV/ROV and surveillance, communication between human operators, modem communications, disaster detection systems, early warning, search and rescue, etc.
Underwater acoustics is a topic covered by the open review Acoustics, and this Special Issue aims to bring together contributions related to the subject.
The invitation for contributions is addressed at manuscripts in the form of research articles, review articles, and case study investigations that combine theoretical research and applications related to the underwater acoustics. Moreover, submissions on real applications and simulations in different environments as well as on the effectiveness of the applications are strongly invited in this Special Issue.
Prof. Dr. Juan Antonio Martínez Mora
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- Instrumentation for underwater acoustics applications
- Acoustics applications for (and from) underwater vehicles (AUV, ROV, etc.)
- Sonar applications for sea floor exploration and mapping
- Monitoring cetacean, fishes, and bioacoustical studies in general
- Underwater applications of acoustics in oceanology, fisheries, and aquaculture
- Underwater acoustic positioning and navigation
- Acoustics in underwater Neutrino Telescopes and cabled observatories
- Underwater acoustics in communication systems and networks