Shipping Channel Monitoring Through Remote Sensing and Analysis of Ship Generated Kelvin Waves

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: N/A
Contract: WC133R-08-CN-0126
Agency Tracking Number: 08-61
Amount: $95,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: 8.4.4
Solicitation Number: NOAA-2008-1
Small Business Information
P.O. box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91306
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J. Zandy Williams
 Senior Scientist
 (703) 413-0290
Business Contact
 Steven Ramberg
Title: Vice-President
Phone: (703) 413-0290
Research Institution
Monitoring bathymetry changes in shipping channels of rivers and estuaries is vital to the US economy. The standard method of sonar depth sounding from survey ships, though accurate, is slow to perform. Thus, we propose a new and innovative approach for rapid assessment of shipping channel morphology from the kinematics associated with remote sensing of the interaction of Kelvin wakes from boats with river bottoms. This program will develop a passive remote sensing methodology using imagery from airborne or possibly satellite sensors. In Phase I, we will determine the expected performance of the methodology by modeling the sensitivity of the Kelvin wave pattern to a non-uniform shipping channel. The inverse model incorporating wave dynamics associating the interaction of waves with the channel will be accomplished during Phase II and implemented in vetted algorithms.

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