Underwater cultural heritage (UCH) is a crucial asset for the knowledge of humankind’s history and traditions. It is tangible evidence of past human life that has to be protected for ensuring its accessibility to present and future generations.
The documentation, preservation, and dissemination of UCH is an open challenge that is strongly interdisciplinary because it involves collaboration among various experts from different sectors like archaeology, geology, biology, marine science, engineering, robotics, computer science, and numerous other disciplines.
This Special Issue intends to collect original and high-quality research articles and technical notes devoted to the knowledge of underwater materials and promote innovative methodologies, applications, and emerging technological solutions on the subject of materials that lie underwater.
Submissions are welcome that contribute to providing a multidisciplinary forum for cutting-edge scientific and technological issues in materials science, underwater archaeology, archaeometry, cultural heritage, alteration and aging, climate impact, case studies, and other related fields involving the large and varied community of experts from around the globe working in the underwater cultural heritage field.
Contributions are invited on the following topics:
- 3D imaging technologies for the documentation of underwater sites;
- Sensing, diagnostic, and monitoring technologies for UCH;
- Advanced data processing technologies applied to the conservation and monitoring of UCH;
- Characterization and diagnostics of underwater materials;
- Conservation state assessment and conservation-restoration technologies for underwater archaeological sites and objects;
- Case studies dealing with conservation and valorization of UCH;
- Digital technologies for the exploitation of UCH.
Prof. Dr. Fabio Bruno
Dr. Antonio Lagudi
Dr. Michela Ricca