Buoy Atmospheric Precipitation Sampler

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Commerce
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$95,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DG133R06CN0155
Award Id:
80790
Agency Tracking Number:
NOAA 06-102
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
101 industrial Blvd, Turner Falls, MA, 01376
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mark Beaubien
Senior Engineer
(413) 863-0200
mcb@yesinc.com
Business Contact:
Nancy Turgeon
Finance
(413) 863-0200
nlt@yesinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Reliable automated collection and measurement of precipitation from moored buoys has been an elusive goal. Operation of open aperture collectors on ocean platforms is problematic, requiring constant human attention and intervention to prevent sea spray from contaminating the collected samples, and for dealing with freezing conditions in colder climates. Approaches are described that have the potential to automate these measurements over a six week period are proposed that extend the current state-of-the-art. We investigate sample segmentation and quality control screening for detection of sea salt, bird interference or other errors. The proposed system will provide continuous unattended collection and measurement of precipitation in all weather conditions, but will probably have to shut down during higher sea states. A low cost commercial system suitable for buoy deployment worldwide would be the result of this effort.

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