Marine Mammal Detection and Mitigation

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$69,998.00
Award Year:
2001
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-01-M-0221
Agency Tracking Number:
N013-0064
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ARETE ASSOC.
P.O. Box 6024, Sherman Oaks, CA, 91413
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
082191198
Principal Investigator:
Douglas DeProspo
Senior Scientist
(703) 413-0290
deprospo@arete-dc.com
Business Contact:
Philip Selwyn
Vice President
(703) 413-0290
selwyn@arete-dc.com
Research Institution:
UNIV. OF HAWAII-WEST OAHU
Joseph R Mobley Jr., PhD
96-129 Ala Ike
Pearl City, HI, 96782
(808) 454-4716
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The goal of this Phase I STTR proposal is to quantify the necessary hardware and processing requirements to enable a ship-based radar system to automatically detect and track whales on the ocean surface at distances of 5 kilometers or more for the purposeof collision avoidance. Long standoff detection and tracking is crucial to collision avoidance since large ships, such as commercial oil tankers, require significant time and distance to perform evasive maneuvers. In addition, the use of radar will permitnight time operations. To realize this goal, Aret¿, in conjunction with the University of Hawaii, will estimate the radar response of surfaced marine mammals including Doppler characteristics and overall Radar Cross Section. Both scattering off the mammalbody (hard target) and blowing events (expelled water fromwhale breathing) will be examined and will be based on known characteristics of mammal surface behavior as provided by the University of Hawaii. Based on these estimates, as well as known sea clutter characteristics, a radar and processingparameter space will be quantified for effective mammal detection and tracking. Finally, Arete will identify commercial radars which, with modification and/or the application of specialized processing techniques, can perform the collisionavoidance mission.The primary benefits of the proposed work, if ultimately successful, will be the preservation of endangered species and the avoidance of lawsuits for both the Naval and commercial shipping fleets.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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