DEEP SEA OCEANOGRAPHIC FLOATS

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$32,000.00
Award Year:
1983
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
768
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Webb Research Corp.
769 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, MA, 02540
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
DOUGLAS C. WEBB
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
A CONTROLLED BOUYANCY SYSTEM (CBS) FOR USE WITH NEUTRALLY BOUYANT SOFAR FLOATS IS PROPOSED. THE DEVELOPMENTCOULD RESULT IN AN IMPORTANT AND TIMELY ENHANCEMENT IN OCEANOBSERVATION TECHNIQUES. A SPECIFIC PROGRAM OF DESIGN, DEVELOPMENT, TESTING AND FIELDUSE IS PROPOSED, HOWEVER, A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM COULD OPEN SEVERAL OTHER POTENTIALLY PROMISING OBSERVATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. OCEAN OBSERVATION USING SOFAR FLOATS IS NOW A MATURE TECHNIQUE, AND THE ADDITION OF A CONTROLLABLE BOUYANCY SYSTEM WOULD PERMIT PROGRAMMING OF THE VERTICAL PROFILES. A SPECIFIC GOAL OF OBSERVING THE THERMAL LAYER THICKNESS AS WELL AS FLOAT MOTION IS INTENDED TO LEAD TO IMPROVED MEASUREMENTS OF POTENTIAL VORTICITY. THE TECHNICAL PROBLEMS ARE OUTLINED, A PATH TO A TECHNICAL SOLUTION, AS WELL AS A PROGRAM OF TESTING AND EXPLOITATION IS PROPOSED.

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