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Marine Mammal Detection and Mitigation

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Award ID:
53714
Program Year/Program:
2001 / STTR
Agency Tracking Number:
N013-0064
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Arete Associates
1550 Crystal Drive Suite 703 Arlington, VA 22202-4139
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Marine Mammal Detection and Mitigation
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-01-M-0221
Award Amount: $69,998.00
 

Abstract:

The goal of this Phase I STTR proposal is to quantify the necessary hardware and processing requirements to enable a ship-based radar system to automatically detect and track whales on the ocean surface at distances of 5 kilometers or more for the purposeof collision avoidance. Long standoff detection and tracking is crucial to collision avoidance since large ships, such as commercial oil tankers, require significant time and distance to perform evasive maneuvers. In addition, the use of radar will permitnight time operations. To realize this goal, Aret¿, in conjunction with the University of Hawaii, will estimate the radar response of surfaced marine mammals including Doppler characteristics and overall Radar Cross Section. Both scattering off the mammalbody (hard target) and blowing events (expelled water fromwhale breathing) will be examined and will be based on known characteristics of mammal surface behavior as provided by the University of Hawaii. Based on these estimates, as well as known sea clutter characteristics, a radar and processingparameter space will be quantified for effective mammal detection and tracking. Finally, Arete will identify commercial radars which, with modification and/or the application of specialized processing techniques, can perform the collisionavoidance mission.The primary benefits of the proposed work, if ultimately successful, will be the preservation of endangered species and the avoidance of lawsuits for both the Naval and commercial shipping fleets.

Principal Investigator:

Douglas DeProspo
Senior Scientist
7034130290
deprospo@arete-dc.com

Business Contact:

Philip A. Selwyn
Vice President
7034130290
selwyn@arete-dc.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

ARETE ASSOC.
P.O. Box 6024 Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

EIN/Tax ID: 952954108
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
UNIV. OF HAWAII-WEST OAHU
96-129 Ala Ike
Pearl City, HI 96782
Contact: Joseph R. Mobley Jr., PhD
Contact Phone: (808) 454-4716
RI Type: Nonprofit college or university