Impact of Wavelength on the Path-loss of Turbid Underwater Communication Systems

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In this paper, we investigate the impact of the wavelength and the water turbidity on the performance of non-line-of-sight underwater communication links. Using the chlorophyll-based model proposed in [1], we demonstrate the variability of the scattering and absorption properties for a given wavelength with respect to the water turbidity level. To facilitate the use of this model in Monte Carlo simulations, we approximate the phase function by a two-term Henyey Greenstein function. The obtained phase function as well as the absorption and scattering coefficients of this model are then injected to Monte Carlo simulations to assess the path loss performance. Interestingly, we show by simulations that water turbidity, often regarded as a limiting performance factor, can lead to better received power in non-line of sight environments.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC)
ISBN (Print)9781538676462
StatePublished - Apr 2019

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-03-09
Acknowledgements: We acknowledge the financial support from the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Grant No. KACST TIC R2-FP008.


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