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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. Development of a Portable 3-dimensional Variational (3DVAR) Data Assimilation Module for NOAA Operational Forecasting Systems

    SBC: REMOTE SENSING SOLUTIONS, INC.            Topic: 814

    TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: We propose to continue the development of a generalized 3DVAR data assimilation module, in an open-source and non-proprietary programming language, which is compatible with FVCOM and incorporated into the Lake Erie Operational Forecast System (LEOFS). We will leverage our experience and expertise in using 3DVAR for a ROMS-based real-time forecast system for the California coast ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  2. Buoy Guard System

    SBC: McQ Inc.            Topic: 93

    Buoy vandalism occurs all over the world for many different reasons, and costs NOAA and other buoy operators an estimated $1 million annually to replace and repair them. To deter vandals and report any vandal attempts to NOAA, McQ has developed the Buoy Guard System (BGS). BGS is a small, extremely low power sensor system that will detect the presence of intruders first approaching and then boa ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  3. Development of the Low-Altitude Maritime SurveySampling (LAMSS) System

    SBC: Blue Storm Associates Inc.            Topic: 828

    TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: In this Phase II effort, PEMDAS Technologies and Innovations (PEMDAS), in collaboration with subcontractor Aerovel, Inc., proposes to fully develop a prototype Low-Altitude Maritime SurveySampling (LAMSS) System using the technologies identified and knowledge gained during our Phase I effort. The proposed innovation will deliver the necessary capabilities for electro-optical an ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  4. Mariner Report Application (MARApp): Crowdsourcing Maritime Weather Conditions

    SBC: Metron, Incorporated            Topic: 826

    TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: During Phase I, Metron designed and implemented an efficient, scalable, end-to-end prototype system for collecting, storing, and viewing mariner weather observations: the Mariner Report App (MARApp). The MARApp Client is a mobile application that transforms smartphones and tablets at sea into forward geospatial/environmental sensors. It can take weather measurements from sensor ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  5. Surveying Earth's Gravity with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

    SBC: AURORA FLIGHT SCIENCES CORPORATION            Topic: 91

    During the Phase I program, Aurora conducted a comprehensive survey of potential platforms that included government owned and furnished UAVs and manned aircraft as well as Aurora’s Centaur Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA). The survey concluded, in part, that UAVs offer a significant improvement in data collection capability when compared to manned aircraft that are currently fielded by NOAA. ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  6. An Advanced Algorithm for Radar Derived Bathymetry

    SBC: Arete Associates            Topic: 91

    NOAA can reduce costs and improve efficiency by remotely monitoring harbors, navigation channels and coastlines for bathymetric changes. This will aid NOAA and its mission to maintain waterways and assure maritime safety. This remote sensing can be accomplished by implementing a new radar derived bathymetry capability. Areté Associated proposes to implement an advanced algorithm to derive bath ...

    SBIR Phase II 2014 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  7. Automated HCl laser monitor for long term and flight deployments

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: 813

    TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: Tropospheric oxidation capacity is dominated by HOx photochemistry, however halogen atoms and oxides significantly affect these chemical cycles. A sensitive and robust measurement of gaseous HCl is critically important to improve our understanding of halogen chemistry and its impacts on the spatial and temporal oxidation capacity of the atmosphere. In Phase I, we met all of our ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  8. Automated peak fitting and analysis software for advanced gas chromatography and mass spectrometer systems

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: 827

    TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: Recent advances in gas chromatographic (GC) and mass spectrometric (MS) techniques for atmospheric measurements have led to highly complex data sets that have overwhelmed the capabilities of current data analysis software. We propose a new method for the automated reduction of chromatographic data using peak-fitting algorithms. By relying upon constrained peak-fit parameterizat ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  9. Development of Native Kelp Culture System Technologies to Support Sea Vegetable Aquaculture in New England Coastal Waters

    SBC: Ocean Approved, LLC            Topic: 817

    This Phase II research expands Phase I research on Saccharina latissima and is to design and develop “seed” nursery methodologies for the development of commercial-scale production of juvenile kelp plants including Alaria esculenta and Laminaria digitata. The project objectives include: 1. Isolate and maintain cultures of New England species of Alaria esculenta and laminaria digitata to be use ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  10. Development of the Weather “Action Chain” Enabler (ACE) Application

    SBC: Blue Storm Associates Inc.            Topic: 834

    TECHNICAL ABSTRACT: In this Phase I effort, PEMDAS Technologies and Innovations (PEMDAS), in collaboration with subcontractor Westover Studios, proposes to assess the feasibility of developing an innovative tool that allows forecasters to easily provide real-time threat tracking information to be used by the public to confirm the existence and location of a weather- or water-related hazards in a m ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of CommerceNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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