Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Orlando, Florida, United States
15 - 19 April 2018
Conference DS108
Ocean Sensing and Monitoring X
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Abstract Due:
9 October 2017

Author Notification:
11 December 2017

Manuscript Due Date:
19 March 2018

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Conference Chairs
Program Committee
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  • Chuanmin Hu, Univ. of South Florida (United States)
  • Linda J. Mullen, Naval Air Systems Command (United States)
  • James Sullivan, Florida Atlantic Univ.-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (United States)
  • Michael Twardowski, Florida Atlantic Univ.-Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (United States)

Call for
Open and coastal oceans are key areas to comprehensive understanding of our planet, from large scale events such as El Nino, hurricane formation and tracking, to long term events such as global climate change, to short term weather predictions of both the atmosphere and the ocean. They are also very important in defense and security applications. This conference is intended to cover the R&D efforts in the ocean and lake sensing community to provide better solutions to the overall science, industry, as well as defense and security market by addressing current technology and environmental limitations, system decision, and implementation issues, as well as new technology that may be applied to ocean sensing problems. Specifically, these include topics associated with in situ and remote monitoring of the ocean surface, water column, deep sea, bathymetric and benthic features, impacts on sensor performance and calibration, data assimilation, and forecasting.

Traditional ocean research techniques are widely augmented today with in situ sampling packages on moorings, buoys, floats, flow-through systems, mobile platforms (UAVs, gliders, AUVs and ROVs), integrated sensor networks, and observatories. These are vibrant research and development areas and generate the most accurate data available, 3D, often in real-time, and are less affected by adverse conditions. However, spot sampling lacks the rapid, broad coverage that is critical in high-level real-time tactical decision making. In situ observations at times are not available for unsafe or denied-access environments. Remote sensing techniques (both active and passive) have been proven to offer synoptic surface coverage with adequate accuracy, when sensors are calibrated and validated correctly. The session will address calibration and validation of ocean sensors for both in situ and satellite monitoring. It is essential to establish and maintain precise protocols for deciding the appropriate mix and application of different sensor systems in order to maintain data coherence and comparability. It is important to understand how the ocean environment affects sensor performance, and what techniques are being developed to enhance sensor performance in challenging ocean environments. Further, modern defense and security needs demand that accurate information be provided when and where it is needed. Ocean sensing must provide not only timely and accurate data, but also offer insights regarding overall 3D and future environmental conditions, i.e. forecasting. The combined use of in situ observations, remotely sensed data and physical models is a rapidly evolving field, although improved assimilation of available data into models still poses a challenge. The ability to sense, integrate, and predict is vital in establishing a true real-time 4D cube of verified and validated information for ocean nowcast and forecast. This conference is aimed at bringing together research and technical personnel, from industry, governments, and especially academia, to foster cooperation to increase the utility of operational oceanographic assets to address both oceanographic, as well as defense and homeland security concerns.

A BEST PAPER award will be given based on votes from committee members, weighted slightly biased toward young investigators and cutting-edge research with strong defense application potentials.

This conference will focus on addressing recent changes related to the hydrosphere where oceans, lakes and rivers interconnect, as well as new methods and sensors used to characterize water quality and harmful events, amongst technical and scientific discussions on these and related topics:

Ocean Remote Sensing: Lidar, Ocean Color, SST, SAR
  • active and passive remote sensing of the ocean and atmosphere (visible, IR/SST, microwave/SAR)
  • inversion techniques for active and passive measurements
  • calibration and characterization of satellite sensors
  • cloud screening and effect of ambient/residual cloud on retrievals
  • Cal/Val, quality control and consistency checks of satellite products, inter-sensor comparisons
  • uncertainty evaluation
  • radiative transfer in the ocean and atmosphere.
  • history, environmental impacts and challenges
  • recent advances and findings
  • instrumentation, lab and field results.
In Situ Sensing and Monitoring
  • advancements in instrumentation
  • emerging sensing and monitoring techniques, especially chemical and biological
  • sensors and platforms: ship-based, buoys, observatories, moorings, UUV/gliders
  • real-time observation systems
  • hydrographic surveys and ocean mapping
  • adaptive sampling strategies
  • data management: automated data collection, reduction and quality control.
Unmanned Systems, Sensors, Measurements
  • advancements in platform (eg. UAV, glider, ROV, AUV), payload and data collection
  • novel concepts
  • COTS integration for real world sensing applications.
Imaging Sensors, Systems and Signal Processing Techniques: Optical and Acoustical
  • underwater EO sensors & systems: gated, modulated, scanned, polarized, 3D, stereo, video
  • novel imaging sensors
  • acoustical imaging and sonar: synthetic aperture, scanning, 2D & 3D, multibeam, sidescan
  • image processing techniques, compressive sensing, super resolution
  • particle/plankton imaging and identification
  • imaging through air-sea interface
  • effects of particles, turbulence, bubbles, surface & internal waves, salinity and thermal structures.
Extreme Events: Oil Spill & Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Sensing and Monitoring
  • detection methods from space and in situ
  • time series analysis, detection and monitoring from various sensors, instrumentation and platforms
  • assessment of extreme and major events: hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunami, flooding, spillway discharge etc.
Characterization and Forecasting of Oceanic, and Coastal Environments
  • surface and internal waves, currents, tides, small-scale eddies, and turbulence
  • coastal ocean observation, modeling, data assimilation and predictions
  • benthic and bathymetric properties; sediment transport and suspension
  • model and data assimilation; uncertainty assessment.
Emerging Technologies and Topics
  • El Nino, Pacific warm blob, climate variability and change
  • Arctic exploration and sensing
  • climate impacts (hurricanes, long term trends)
  • environmental issues (smog) and impact on satellite remote sensing
  • policies and education programs.
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