What is our mission?

K2D assumes the development of a global-scale and totally disruptive monitoring system for the oceans, capable of handling all bathymetric elevations, from the deep seabed and abyssal shelves to the surface. The extensive data collection that such a system can provide is unmatched by any other existing system.

Underwater, and particularly at extreme depths, the challenges are enormous and the environmental exposure characteristics are exceptionally hostile to conventional sensing approaches. To circumvent this problem, K2D proposes to take advantage of the already existing widespread infrastructure of undersea communications and energy transport cables to develop a network for continuous, real-time sensing of vital signals from land and in particular the oceans.

The system will include a synergistic set of components, including electronic components and autonomous underwater vehicles, which allow the collection of complex data from the oceans, including physical, chemical, biological and environmental variables.

Project Goals

K2D proposes to develop a system for monitoring the oceans on a global scale, which will allow us to know them both in size, scale, and multidimensionality.




Installation of a sensor network mostly supported by submarine cables, with a particular focus on acoustic sensing.


Development of a new repeater for submarine communication cables that, besides the typical function of amplifying communication signals, will monitor the water column and its surroundings.


Development of methodologies to translate marine noise into useful information: monitoring biodiversity and human activities; identification of organisms, etc.


Identification and assessment of deep-sea animal and microbial communities using genetic sequencing techniques, adapted and optimized for deep-sea environments.


Development of acoustic and eDNA-based control systems for ecosystem monitoring and species identification.


Integration of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) in the monitoring system in order to complement the data collected by the fixed nodes, thus allowing to extend the data collection to the entire water column and its surroundings.


Development of piezoelectric transducers capable of communication, navigation assistance and real-time detection of AUVs and other navigation devices.


Development of innovative ocean observing systems to evaluate indicators using geostatistical and artificial intelligence algorithms.