HybridSpectral Radiometer Systems to Support Ocean Color Cal/Val

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CE28P
Agency Tracking Number: 114846
Amount: $124,689.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.08
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
CA, San Diego, CA, 92110-2621
DUNS: 091488635
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Booth
 Principal Investigator
 (619) 686-1888
Business Contact
 John Morrow
Title: Business Official
Phone: (619) 686-1888
Email: morrow@biospherical.com
Research Institution
NASA has an ongoing commitment to collect in situ data with a documented uncertainty in keeping with established performance metrics for vicarious calibration of ocean color satellite sensors and to validate the algorithms for which the remotely-sensed observations are used as input parameters. This proposal seeks funding to develop an in-water "Hybridspectral" capability that combines two differing practices for data collection (multiwaveband and hyperspectral) to satisfy the necessary diversity, accuracy, and precision requirements of future ocean color missions. The result is an evolutionary upgrade of existing state-of-the-art commercial instruments to include spectral sampling capability exceeding current and planned satellite requirements and that operate in optically complex near-shore regions. The benefits of this new sampling capability are an improved ability to accurately separate the biotic and abiotic components of seawater, an improved ocean color mission calibration and validation capability into Case 2 waters, reduced deployment effort, and reduced deployment risks. This SBIR effort proposes to address a wide variety of these requirements with the development of a low-cost system called the Compact Hybridspectral Radiometer (C-HyR) with special focus on two important priorities from the call: 1)Instruments for oceanic, coastal, and fresh water measurements of apparent optical properties; and 2)Hyperspectral (340?900 nm) radiometers for use in near-surface profiling.

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