Comprehensive data-reduction and analysis package for cloud and precipitation particle imager data.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00244-09-C-0056
Agency Tracking Number: N082-192-0644
Amount: $1,107,930.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-192
Solicitation Number: 2008.2
Small Business Information
SPEC, Inc.
3022 Sterling Circle, Suite 200, Boulder, CO, -
DUNS: 603025024
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 R. Lawson
 Senior Scientist
 (303) 449-1105
Business Contact
 June Turnbull
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (303) 449-1105
Research Institution
In Phase I SPEC completed fabrication of a novel new instrument, the 3V-CPI, which makes high-speed size-distribution measurements and records high-resolution digital images of cloud particles. Also in Phase I SPEC continued to develop and improve software modules used to analyze 3V-CPI data. In Phase II SPEC anticipates working closely with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Research Aviation Department (RAF) to develop a fully functional 3V-CPI data reduction and analysis software package that is universally applicable, and marketable to potential users of 3V-CPI and other cloud particle probes. All software codes written under the proposed funding will be open source and shared with the scientific community. All NCAR analysis code is also available to SPEC and other users, so any products NCAR contributes as we work together will also be available to the user community. Complete documentation will be available so that Navy scientists can use this software to process and analyze 3V-CPI data (including other particle probe data). The software package developed during the Phase II research will perform many functions, including translating 3V-CPI data into a format that can be ingested by standard community software routines, including those of the NCAR RAF, development of a batch-processing software routine and new crystal-habit classification software routines using “canned” image processing techniques will be implemented from algorithms developed in the bio-medical and oceanic communities. The software package will be quality controlled and documented, including descriptions of software algorithms and procedures used to test and run the various software routines. The comprehensive software package developed during the Phase II research can be used to analyze data from all optical cloud particle probes and will therefore also become a product that is marketable to the atmospheric science community. Phase III will include conversion of portions of the software package from the IDL programming language (which requires that the user purchase an IDL license), to generic code that does not require any outside licenses.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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