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Open Water - A Citizen Science Monitoring Platform

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-18-CN-0057
Agency Tracking Number: 17-2-022
Amount: $399,920.38
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.3.3
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2017-2
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-05-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-05-28
Small Business Information
16 Great Hallow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-3116
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 David Kynor
 Prinicap Engineer
 (603) 640-2446
Business Contact
 Robert Kline-Schoder
Title: President
Phone: (603) 640-2487
Research Institution

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: Ensuring the health of coastal marine ecosystems has emerged as one of the primary environmental concerns of this century. Frequent monitoring of water quality is required to establish baseline levels and enable early detection of problems. Citizen science programs have been shown to provide a highly effective method of monitoring water quality. Creare is developing an open-source water quality monitoring system that is both easy to use and inexpensive. Our system incorporates a wireless sensor along with a cloud-based data repository. During Phase I we developed and demonstrated a prototype version of the system and demonstrated it to environmental researchers and water quality experts. During Phase II, we will finalize development and validation of the system and use the system in a pilot citizen science water quality monitoring study. Hardware designs and software developed during the project will be placed in the public domain.SUMMARY OF ANTICIPATED RESULTS: The project will provide citizen scientists with a cost-effective and reliable framework for monitoring water quality. In addition, the system will provide the scientific community with a set
of powerful tools for data assurance, visualization, and analysis.

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