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Call for Papers

Marine Positioning and Subsea Navigation

Satellite Navigation welcomes submissions to the thematic series on ‘Marine Positioning and Subsea Navigation’

More than 70% of Earth’s surface is covered by the ocean, and the ocean has become more and more important area for the sustainable development of human society. All of the activities involved to ocean exploration, research and rescue need positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). The Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSSs), such as BDS, GPS and others, can provide sea-surface PNT services for the activities, but they cannot provide the PNT services for underwater users. The subsea navigation systems, such as the acoustic system, inertial navigation system, gravity/magnetism/terrain matching navigation, have been developed and tentative application in the past, but submarine PNT services still needs to be developed. The marine PNT system not only relies on the surface-based or seafloor-based navigation infrastructures, but also needs the resilient PNT theory and method to achieve the high continuity, accuracy and integrity navigation. In the past two decades, GNSS-acoustic technique has successfully been indispensable to allow for the seafloor horizontal control and seafloor crustal deformation, submarine plate motion monitoring and seismic researches.

In response to the ocean development and economic sustainability, especially for the next PNT system development, this special issue invites papers that cover recent achievement, investigation and ongoing efforts to develop the high-precision underwater positioning system and model, and surface and subsurface navigation solutions and algorithms for advancing marine geodesy and PNT applications. This may include but not limited to:

  • Sea-surface PNT technique advances
  • Seafloor geodetic positioning technique and disaster monitoring applications
  • Acoustic positioning and navigation
  • Inertial navigation
  • Gravity matching navigation
  • Marine integrated navigation
  • Marine resilient PNT
  • PNT terminal and services

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for Satellite Navigation. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Satellite Navigation submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the "Additional Information" tab during submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on 'Marine Positioning and Subsea Navigation'. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Guest Editors

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Prof. Tianhe Xu, Institute of Space Sciences, Shandong University, Weihai, China

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Prof. Shuqiang Xue, Chinese Academy of Surveying and Mapping, Beijing, China

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Prof. Yanxiong Liu, The First Institute of Oceanography, MNR Qingdao, China

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Prof. Zhenjie Wang, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao, China

Manuscript submission due date: 12/31/2023