DEEP SEA OCEANOGRAPHIC FLOATS

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 768
Amount: $32,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1983
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
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DOUGLAS C. WEBB
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
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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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