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OCEANS Technical Sessions, Standard Topics:

1.1 Sonar and transducers
1.2 Calibration of acoustic systems and metrology
1.3 Sound propagation and scattering
1.4 Acoustical oceanography
1.5 Geoacoustic inversion
1.6 Bioacoustics
1.7 Seismo-acoustics
1.8 Ocean noise
1.9 Signal coherence and fluctuation

2.1 Sonar signal processing
2.2 Array signal processing and array design
2.3 Model-based signal processing techniques
2.4 Vector sensor processing
2.5 Synthetic aperture (active and passive)
2.6 Classification and pattern recognition (parametric and non-parametric)
2.7 Sonar imaging
2.8 Acoustic telemetry and communication
2.9 Biologically inspired processing

3.1 Automatic control
3.2 Current measurement technology
3.3 Oceanographic instrumentation and sensors
3.4 Systems and observatories
3.5 Buoy technology
3.6 Cables and connectors
3.7 Marine geodetic information systems

4.1 Air / sea interaction
4.2 Lidar
4.3 Passive observing sensors
4.4 Coastal radars
4.5 Ocean color and hyperspectral measurements
4.6 Airborne and satellite radar and SAR
4.7 Operational observation
4.8 Sensor synergy
4.9 Space systems

5.1 Access, custody, and retrieval of data
5.2 Data visualization
5.3 Numerical modeling and simulation
5.4 Marine GIS and data fusion
5.5 Information management
5.6 Data assimilation
5.7 Real-Time Data Quality Control

6.1 Oceanography: physical, geological, chemical, biological
6.2 Marine geology and geophysics
6.3 Hydrography / seafloor mapping / geodesy
6.4 Hydrodynamics
6.5 Marine life and ecosystems
6.6 Meteorology
6.7 Pollution monitoring
6.8 Mineral resources

7.1 Imaging and vision
7.2 Beam propagation
7.3 Optical sensors and adaptive optics
7.4 Marine optics technology and instrumentation
7.5 Holography and 3D imaging
7.6 Optical communication
7.7 E-M sensing

8.1 Coastal zone management
8.2 Ocean economic potential
8.3 Marine law and policy
8.4 International issues
8.5 Marine safety and security
8.6 Law of the Sea and UNCLOS
8.7 Ocean resources
8.8 Marine education and outreach
8.9 Marine archaeology

9.1 Ocean energy
9.2 Ropes and tension members
9.3 Offshore structures
9.4 Marine materials science
9.5 Marine salvage
9.6 Diving
9.7 Pollution clean-up and pollution remediation
9.8 Deepwater development technology
9.9 Seafloor engineering
9.10 Ocean exploration

10.1 Vehicle design
10.2 Vehicle navigation
10.3 Vehicle performance
10.4 Autonomous underwater vehicles
10.5 Manned underwater vehicles
10.6 Remotely operated vehicles
10.7 Dynamic positioning
10.8 Moorings, rigging, and anchors
10.9 Naval architecture

Special Topics: 

There have been exponential improvements in atmospheric, ocean, ice and wave models in addition to improvements in the global persistent sensing network. With recent development in the Earth System Prediction Capability (ESPC) program, this track highlights ocean and atmospheric models and coupled model development. Sessions include the technical development of models, as opposed to operational use of models.

  • Ocean Modeling at Global / Regional / Nearshore / Coastal Scales
  • Atmospheric Modeling
  • Data Assimilation
  • Product Dissemination
  • Persistent Ocean Observing Networks and Space Based Observations
  • Coupled Systems

Innovative marine science and technology supports many regional and national oceanographic programs, while helping to drive research in academia, government, and private industry. Highlights include new technology and the implementation of such technology in marine-related tasks. This also serves as the 10th annual Oceans In Action Workshop, which began as a spin-off from MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2009 Biloxi. Talks will cover the following topics: operational oceanography, observing systems, decision-support tools, new modeling techniques, and determination and communication of uncertainty. The track also highlights current operational systems from measurement to forecast, as well as what is required to maintain an operational system, including the associated infrastructure (i.e. supercomputers and automated data processes).

With increasing growth of air, surface and undersea autonomous systems, this track highlights the technology challenges, as well as solutions to, sensor development, sensor employment, usage strategies, and data assimilation for research, modeling, and decision aid. Applications include sensing the atmosphere and ocean to support coupled modeling, bathymetric or hydrographic surveying, military action, and monitoring of harmful environmental conditions or events (algae blooms and hypoxia, oil spills).

It has been 10 years since the Deep Water Horizon disaster and massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. During this period, there has been significant research that explored both short- and long-term impacts to the environment, while restoration programs have been targeting the most affected areas. This track covers studies on oil dispersion clean up, mitigation, and post-event impact. It also highlights improvements in
coalition emergency response, and the growth in understanding of the effects from oil spills.

The Gulf of Mexico has seen about 50% of its coastal habitats vanish during the past century. Frequent hurricanes, sea level rise, and increasing freshwater outflows are common challenges along the Gulf coast, causing often devastating impacts. Featured in this track are efforts to predict future storms and other phenomena, forecast their impact and extent, emerging decision support tools, damage mitigation efforts, and
programs to improve a community’s ability to bounce back from these inevitable occurrences. Other areas of interest include coastal zone resource management, barrier island management, and climate adaptation planning.

Special session on Technology for mitigating marine plastic pollution



Stephen Summers, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Singapore

Jamie Hinks, Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering, Singapore



Plastic pollution has come to the fore lately as an issue of urgent, global concern. Cross disciplinary research has revealed the quantity, extent, transport, ecotoxicology, and socio-economic consequences of marine litter. However, in addition to understanding the issues of marine plastic litter, we must actively develop technologies to combat it. In this special session, we have brought together researchers seeking to utilize technological innovation that will help us move towards effective strategies to mitigate marine plastic litter pollution. Highlights of this session include, novel particle tracking techniques to quantify and track movement plastic litter in the marine environment and a strategy to recover discarded fishing nets. In addition, in a bid to mitigate the debris already in the oceans, the use of autonomous vehicles to capture and store plastic debris will feature as part of this session. Please join us to learn of these interesting approaches and to contribute towards moving the field of plastic-pollution solutions in the right direction.

Special session on Marine Environment and Energy in East Asia



Toru Sato, Department of Ocean Technology, Policy, ad Environment, University of Tokyo



This special session includes three papers focusing on the marine environment issues in East Asia. These papers present various types of data analyses with high level of achievements.

Detection of Bluefin Tuna by Cascade Classifier and Deep Learning for Monitoring Fish Resources presents an effective fish detection model based presented for counting Bluefin tuna in a fish cage, and a Haar feature-based cascade classifier model is provided for performance comparison.

Indicator for CO2 concentration in seawater using DIC and DO proposes a new indicator to distinguish natural fluctuations of CO2 concentration in seawater from abnormally high CO2 concentrations caused byCO2 leakage from seafloor.

Sustainability Assessment of Marine Aquaculture Based on A Simple Index in Kyushu, Japan discusses a simplified Aquaculture Intensity Index (AII), combined with a fish production model is proposed. to assess the sustainability of coastal aquaculture and estimate the optimal aquaculture intensity in the future.

Special session on Seabed Acoustics



Gopu R Potty, Department of Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island, USA

Ying-Tsong Lin, Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA



This special session includes four papers focusing on the estimation of geoacoustic properties using different techniques. These papers cover different types of data from various experimental locations around the world. Shen and Pan presents an inversion scheme based on the synthetic aperture created by a fixed hydrophone and a moving source in the presence of Doppler effect. They apply this technique to SWellEx-96 data and the results are compared with published results. Effective Fluid Density Model (EDFM) is applied to echosounder data to estimate sediment parameters at high (200 kHz) in the paper by Kok et al. They also discuss the performance of this technique in distinguishing sediment categories. The EDEM is also used in the paper by Chiu et al. in their inversion scheme as the predictive model. They estimate the surficial sediment properties using the data from the northern South China Sea, the South China Sea Upper-Slope Sand Dunes Experiments conducted in 2013-2014. The paper by Potty et al. discusses the ambient acoustic particle motion measured at three different sites along the United States East Coast and uses that data to get preliminary estimates of the bottom information.

Proposed Tutorials (pre-registration is required):

  • Practical Underwater Software-defined Networking
  • Underwater Acoustic Imaging
  • Detection of Underwater Acoustic Signals: Theory and Techniques
  • Oceanography from space for everyone: Demystifying satellite date for users

Proposed Workshops (pre-registration is required):

  • Software-Defined Modem, Software Defined Ultra-Short Baseline (USBL) antenna
  • Build Industry and Regulatory Partnership and Marine Renewable Energy Environmental Monitoring Guidelines Workshop with Triton Field Trials

Proposed Townhall Events:

  • The United Nations (UN) Ocean Decade
  • Weathering the Storm: Navigating Offshore Renewable Energy Operations during Global Disasters, Emergencies, and Pandemics (Spotlight on COVID-19 Impacts)
  • NOAA: An Unmanned Systems Strategic Data Enterprise
  • Consortium for Ocean Leadership: Advancing Ocean Observing Technology and Interoperability for the Next Decade

General Sessions:

  • Ocean Acoustics
  • Sonar Systems
  • Underwater Acoustics and Acoustical Oceanography
  • Underwater Communications
  • Signal & Array Processing
  • Sonar Signal/Image Processing and Communication
  • Sensor Systems and Observatories
  • Ocean Observing Platforms, Systems and Instrumentation
  • Coastal Radar
  • Remote Sensing
  • Information Management & Data Fusion
  • Numerical Modeling & Simulation
  • Ocean Data Visualization, Modeling, and Info Management
  • Oceanography, Air/Sea Interaction, and Marine Ecosystems
  • Marine Environment, Oceanography, and Meteorology
  • Imaging & Vision
  • Optics, Imaging, Vision, and E-M Systems
  • Marine Education and Outreach
  • Marine Safety and Security
  • Marine Law, Policy, Management, and Education
  • Deepwater Development Technology
  • Offshore Structures and Technology
  • Ocean Energy & Resources
  • Marine Vehicles & Robotics
  • Ocean Vehicles and Floating Structures

Awards Sessions:

  • Annual Societal Awards Announcments
  • Student Poster Competition Awards Announcements