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An Ensemble Kalman Filtering Approach for Regional Ocean Data Assimilation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
77341
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
N061-099-0082
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
ATMOSPHERIC & ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, INC.
131 Hartwell Avenue Lexington, MA 02421 3126
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: An Ensemble Kalman Filtering Approach for Regional Ocean Data Assimilation
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00039-06-C-0050
Award Amount: $69,997.00
 

Abstract:

Current and future operational needs of the Navy require the capability to combine very large and disparate datasets with dynamical ocean numerical models to produce, in real time, accurate analyses and forecasts together with respective uncertainty estimates for any littoral region of the globe. We propose to implement a highly scalable, portable and efficient ocean data assimilation system based on (i) the Estuarine and Coastal Ocean Model (ECOM), a state-of-the-art primitive equation model that has been applied to many studies of the coastal zone, and (ii) a recent adaptation of ensemble Kalman filtering techniques, developed at the University of Maryland, that works particularly well for very large non-linear dynamical systems, in both sparse and dense data regimes, and that provides efficient algorithms for error estimation and quality control. Under Phase I of the project, basic feasibility tests of the data assimilation system will be carried out for the northern Gulf of Mexico, using simulated data for simplicity and evaluating the skill of the analyses and forecasts under different assumed noise levels and flow regimes, with the ultimate goal of developing and transitioning the system to Navy operations and applying it to satisfy the diverse ocean modeling and data assimilation needs of many other potential users in the commercial and public sectors. BENEFITS: The project will deliver the ability to produce accurate analysis and forecasts of ocean conditions in a diverse set of coastal regions and flow regimes. The ocean data assimilation system developed under the project is essential not only for the military needs of the U.S. Navy, but for many other applications in the public and private sectors as well. Potential customers include government agencies responsible for managing the coastal oceans (search and rescue operations, environmental hazard assessment, pollution modeling and control, fish stock management, etc.), and many industries operating in an ocean environment, such as the oil and natural gas, tourism and recreation, fisheries, and shipping industries.

Principal Investigator:

Rui M. Ponte
Principal Investigator
7817612231
rponte@aer.com

Business Contact:

Cecilia Sze
President and CEO
7817612288
csze@aer.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ATMOSPHERIC & ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH, INC.
131 Hartwell Avenue Lexington, MA 02421

EIN/Tax ID: 042608324
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No