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									An architecture for ocean bottom UnderWater Acoustic Sensor
                     Networks (UWASN)
                                     Dario Pompili, Tommaso Melodia
                                    {dario, tommaso} @ece.gatech.edu
       Broadband and Wireless Networking Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA 30332
                 1. APPLICATIONS FOR UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC SENSOR NETWORKS (UWASN)
 Ocean Sampling Networks: Networks of sensors and Acoustic Underwater Vehicles (AUV) can perform synoptic, cooperative adaptive sampling of the ocean
 environment. Experiments such as the Monterey Bay field experiment in August 2003 demonstrated the advantages of bringing together sophisticated new
 robotic vehicles with advanced ocean models to improve our ability to observe and predict the characteristics of the oceanic environment.
 Pollution Monitoring and other environmental monitoring (chemical, biological, etc.).
 Distributed Tactical Surveillance: AUVs and fixed underwater sensors can collaboratively monitor areas for surveillance, reconnaissance, targeting and
 intrusion detection systems.
 Mine Reconnaissance: The simultaneous operation of multiple AUVs with acoustic and optical sensors can be used to perform rapid environmental assessment
 and detect mine like objects.

  2. UNDERWATER ACOUSTIC (UW-A) CHANNEL                                                                         3. CHALLENGES IN UWASNs
 Acoustic communications are mainly influenced by the following factors:                        Major challenges in the design of underwater acoustic networks are:
 •Path Loss
                                                                                                    •Battery power is limited and usually batteries can not be recharged;
    •Attenuation. Provoked by absorption due to conversion of acoustic
    energy into heat, scattering, reverberation, refraction, and dispersion                         •The available bandwidth is severely limited [2];
    •Geometric Spreading. This refers to the spreading of sound energy as
                                                                                                    •Channel characteristics, including long and variable propagation
    a result of the expansion of the wave-fronts.
                                                                                                    delays, multi-path and fading problems;
 •Noise
    •Man made noise:                                                                                •High bit error rates;
        Machinery noise and shipping activity
                                                                                                    •Underwater sensors are prone to failures due to fouling, corrosion,
    •Ambient Noise:
                                                                                                    etc.
        Hydrodynamics, seismic and biological phenomena.
 •Multi-path propagation
    Generates Inter-Symbol Interference (ISI).
 •High delay and delay variance
    The propagation speed in the UW-A channel is five orders of magnitude
    lower than in the radio channel. (0.67 s/km)
 •Doppler spread. Can be significant in UW-A and causes ISI.

                            3. TRADITIONAL APPROACH FOR OCEAN-BOTTOM SENSOR NODES
 The traditional approach for ocean-bottom or ocean column monitoring is to deploy underwater sensors that record data during the monitoring mission, and
 then recover the instruments [3]. This approach has the following disadvantages:
 •Real time monitoring is not possible. This is critical especially in surveillance or in environmental monitoring applications such as seismic monitoring. The
 recorded data cannot be accessed until the instruments are recovered, which may happen several months after the beginning of the monitoring mission.
 •No interaction is possible between onshore control systems and the monitoring instruments. This impedes any adaptive tuning of the instruments, nor is it
 possible to reconfigure the system after particular events occur.
 •If failures or misconfigurations occur, it may not be possible to detect them before the instruments are recovered. This can easily lead to the complete
 failure of a monitoring mission.
 •The amount of data that can be recorded during the monitoring mission by every sensor is limited by the capacity of the onboard storage devices
 (memories, hard disks, etc).

                                                          3. 2D-ARCHITECTURE FOR UWSAN

                                                                                     •Sensor nodes are anchored to the bottom of the ocean with deep ocean anchors.
                                                                                     •By means of wireless acoustic links, underwater sensor nodes are interconnected to
                                                                                     one or more underwater sinks (uw-sinks).
                                                                                     •Uw-sinks are equipped with two acoustic transceivers, horizontal and vertical
                                                                                     transceiver. The first is used by the uw-sinks to communicate with the sensor
                                                                                     nodes, while the second is used by the uw-sinks to relay data to a surface station.
                                                                                     •Vertical transceivers must be long range transceivers for deep water applications.
                                                                                     The surface station is equipped with multiple acoustic transceivers, one for each
                                                                                     uw-sink deployed.
                                                                                     •It is also endowed with a long range RF or satellite transmitter to communicate
                                                                                     with the onshore sink (os-sink) or to a surface sink (s-sink).
                                                                                     •Sensors can be connected to sinks by means of direct links or through multi-hop
                                                                                     paths. In case of multi-hop paths, as in terrestrial sensor networks [4], data
                                                                                     produced by a sensor is relayed by intermediate sensors until it reaches the uw-sink.

                                                                            4. REFERENCES
 [1] M. Stojanovic, “Acoustic (underwater) communications,” in Encyclopedia of Telecommunications, J. G. Proakis, Ed. John Wiley and Sons, 2003.
 [2] J. G. Proakis, E. M. Sozer, J. A. Rice, and M. Stojanovic, “Shallow water acoustic networks,” IEEE Communications Magazine, pp. 114–119, Nov. 2001.
 [3] J. Proakis, J. Rice, E. Sozer, and M. Stojanovic, “Shallow water acoustic networks,” in Encyclopedia of Telecommunications, J. G. Proakis, Ed. John Wiley and Sons, 2003.
 [4] I. F. Akyildiz, W. Su, Y. Sankarasubramaniam, and E. Cayirci, “Wireless sensor networks: A survey,” Computer Networks (Elsevier) Journal, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 393–422, Mar. 2002.


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