NOAA is seeking a U.S. manufacturer to build and distribute a new device for non-destructive measurements of coral health.
CISME ™ is a self-contained, diver-portable instrument designed to non-destructively measure coral respiration and photosynthesis in situ. In situ instruments are needed to promote rapid assessment and monitoring of metabolic health of corals and other benthic organisms affected by ocean acidification, global warming, and other stressors, both anthropogenic and natural. Non-destructive tools are especially needed for reef corals because their live cover is greatly reduced and destructive sampling in many locations is prohibited. University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) and Physical Sciences Inc., under the auspices of the NOAA-funded Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research and Technology, have designed, fabricated and field tested the CISME to meet this important research need.
Interested companies may contact NOAA.TPO@noaa.gov for more information.