Buoy Atmospheric Precipitation Sampler

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: DG133R06CN0155
Agency Tracking Number: NOAA 06-102
Amount: $95,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solitcitation Year: 2006
Solitcitation Topic Code: 8.2.12
Solitcitation Number: NOAA-2006-1
Small Business Information
Yankee Environmental Systems, Inc.
101 industrial Blvd, Turner Falls, MA, 01376
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Beaubien
 Senior Engineer
 (413) 863-0200
 mcb@yesinc.com
Business Contact
 Nancy Turgeon
Title: Finance
Phone: (413) 863-0200
Email: 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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