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8.2.12 Inexpensive, Novel Weather Observing Systems


Summary: NOAA has fielded many valuable, but expensive, weather observing systems for use in initializing numerical weather prediction models and for environmental modeling. NOAA greatly needs complementary observing systems that are lower in cost and can provide plentiful, regular observations, ideally over more data sparse areas. These potential new observations would be assimilated directly into NOAA data assimilation algorithms and also would indirectly improve the assimilation of other observing systems by "anchoring" them. NOAA solicits SBIR proposals for the design and demonstration of observing systems meeting these criteria.


Project Goals: To build and demonstrate an inexpensive new observing system that will complement the existing observing system and improve NOAA's data assimilation quality and forecast quality

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