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Sensors for Environmental Observations and Measurements


Summary:  NOAA aims to improve the accuracy of observational data to meet the needs of all users by leveraging advanced technologies, following best practices, and fostering the use of national/international standards and traceability.  This objective entails creating prototype sensors and methodologies that provide new technologies for detection, increased measurement accuracy, and improved effectiveness/efficiency in field observations and monitoring. 


NOAA is requesting proposals for highly innovative environmental sensors, systems of sensors, or sensing platforms for observing and transmitting physical, chemical, and biological parameters in the ocean and coastal zones, land surface, and cryosphere, as well as at all levels of the atmosphere.  Once developed, sensors and platforms should be rugged, low-cost, reliable, and easy to deploy.  Examples include:


  • Instrumentation for highly-accurate measurements of ocean acidification in surface and sub-surface locations
  • Instrumentation and methodologies for exploiting LIDAR and acoustics to measure ocean parameters
  • Systems for identifying fish, characterizing by species, and providing accurate in-situ counts
  • Tools for measuring/observing critical weather and climate parameters at various temporal and spatial scales
  • Sensors and detection probes for coastal water quality parameters, including harmful algal bloom (HAB) cells and toxins, and for rapid assessment of microbial contamination and spoilage of seafood.


Phase I Activities and Expected Deliverables:

  • Detailed proof of concept report describing the results of the research / technology development completed in Phase I
  • Description of where the principal investigator expects the project to be at the end of Phase II including a description of how this research / technology will be commercialized


Phase II Activities and Expected Deliverables: 

  • A prototype system that has been used to demonstrate the success of the research / technology development
  • A detailed report on the demonstration of the prototype system including the results of the demonstration
  • A thorough plan that describes approaches for transitioning this prototype system into the commercial marketplace 
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