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Manual and Automated Marine Weather Observations Using Smartphones

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Contract: WC-133R-17-CN-0081
Agency Tracking Number: 17-1-060
Amount: $119,910.86
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.2.6
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2017-1
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-06-12
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-12-12
Small Business Information
16 Great Hollow Road
Hanover, NH 03755-3116
United States
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Jerry Bieszczad
 (603) 643-2445
Business Contact
 Jerry Bieszczad
Phone: (603) 643-2445
Research Institution

Accurate marine weather nowcasts and forecasts are critical requirements for mariners to
maintain situational awareness and ensure safe navigation for vessels, passengers, crew, and
cargo. To best achieve this, reliable observations of atmospheric and sea conditions must be
available at high spatial and temporal coverage. Unfortunately, existing approaches for marine
weather observations are inadequate. To address this need, Creare proposes to develop the
MarineCitizen software for collection and aggregation of marine observations using
smartphones. MarineCitizen will enable collection of crowd-sourced marine observations
through different modes of operation, including entry of manual observations and automated
polling of weather sensors. The observational data will be uploaded to a central MarineCitizen
server for dissemination via a web interface, as well as sharing on social media sites.

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