SBIR Phase I: Design and Development of a Precipitation Imaging and Characterization System (PICS)

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0912252
Agency Tracking Number: 0912252
Amount: $99,906.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: EL
Solicitation Number: NSF 08-548
Small Business Information
87 Packers Falls Road, Durham, NH, 03824
DUNS: 091440904
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Fearon
 (603) 292-5747
Business Contact
 Matthew Fearon
Title: MS
Phone: (603) 292-5747
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project will use Particle Image Velocimetry wherein a sample sheet volume is illuminated by laser diodes. A high speed camera takes pictures of precipitation illuminated in the sample volume. The proposed data analysis software would use object and pattern recognition algorithms combined with statistical analysis packages to generate output data from the input pictures. The output data would classify the precipitation into four output types with size and velocity distributions. The successful development of this instrument will be of significant help to researchers within government, academia, and the private sector that aim to measure, characterize, and understand precipitation and how it plays in the overall environment. Use within research would also make data available for students, teaching, and other training purposes. In time, the principle components of PICS would become less expensive and the system could serve as an additional sensor on domestic and international weather stations. Operational use in this manner would advance weather data assimilation and forecast model prediction. This award is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-5).

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