Passive Remote Sensor for the Measurment of Terrestrial Carbon Changes

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 41797
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1998
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Andrew Freedman
 Principal Scientist
 (978) 663-9500
Business Contact
 Dr. Charles E. Kolb
Title: President
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Research Institution
50734-98-I Passive Remote Sensor for the Measurment of Terrestrial Carbon Changes--Aerodyne Research, Inc., 45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA 01821-3934; (978) 663-9500 Dr. Andrew Freedman, Principal Investigator Dr. Charles E. Kolb, Business Official DOE Grant No. DE-FG02-98ER82520 Amount: $75,000 The Department of Energy (DOE) needs sensor and measurement devices to determine the limits of the ability of terrestrial plants to take up carbon from the atmosphere by enhanced photosynthesis and growth. This project will incorporate a patented solar-induced Plant Fluorescence Sensor (PFS) with a sophisticated canopy-level radiation transfer model to interpret the sensor data. The PFS instrument will measure absolute plant fluorescence intensities at 690 and 760 nm (corresponding to the two major chlorophyll fluorescence bands) at a range of 100 meters. The work will focus on establishing a strong correlation between plant fluorescence levels and carbon sequestration rates. The studies will involve a series of greenhouse-based validation experiments as well as preliminary development of the canopy radiation transfer model. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: There are three primary commercial applications for the Plant Fluorescence Sensor in the civilian market: precision farming; wide area mapping of crop and forest health; and shallow water monitoring of phytoplankton. The biological research community is also in need of a passive plant fluorescence sensor capable of canopy level measurements. _

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