A New, Autonomous, Current, Temperature and Salinity Profiler for Storm Conditions

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-02-M-0187
Agency Tracking Number: N02-059-04
Amount: $69,049.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
82 Technology Park Drive, East Falmouth, MA, 02536
DUNS: 050751346
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Douglas Webb
 Principal Investigator
 (508) 548-2077
Business Contact
 Douglas Webb
Title: President
Phone: (508) 548-2077
Email: dwebb@webbresearch.com
Research Institution
"A new instrument, capable of measuring repeated profiles of ocean currents during hurricanes and severe storms, is proposed. Our understanding of ocean and atmosphere dynamics during severe storms is handicapped in part by a lack of instruments anddeployment techniques suitable for this severe environment. The joining of two proven technologies is described. Horizontal velocity of seawater can be determined by measurement of electric currents induced in the water as it moves through the earth'smagnetic field. We propose to integrate this proven sensor technology with a mature autonomous ocean profiling instrument, the APEX (Autonomous Profiling Explorer), of which over 400 units have been built. The APEX vehicle can be deployed before orduring a storm, from ships or C130 aircraft. APEX is certified by US DOD for deployment from C130 aircraft, and has been deployed by this method in the Atlantic Ocean and Red, Japan, Mediterranean, and South China seas. The technology is also applicable tonumerous other ocean measurement programs and the platform design is suitable for additional sensor systems.Improved understanding of storm dynamics will benefit storm forecasters, Naval and commercial ship operations, coastal communities and the insurance and offshore petroleum industry. Navy operational environmental assessment, using input from a covertplatform, could be enhanced.The instrument would perform several hundred vertical cycles,

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