HybridSpectral Radiometer Systems to Support Ocean Color Cal/Val

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$124,689.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CE28P
Agency Tracking Number:
114846
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S1.08
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Biospherical Instruments, Inc.
CA, San Diego, CA, 92110-2621
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
091488635
Principal Investigator:
Charles Booth
Principal Investigator
(619) 686-1888
rocky@biospherical.com
Business Contact:
John Morrow
Business Official
(619) 686-1888
morrow@biospherical.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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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