Month: March 2022

OptoKnowledge Methane Sensor Package shipboard ready for deployment

OptoKnowledge – InSitu Methane Sensor

OptoKnowledge has developed a methane sensor, which can determine both the concentration and the carbon isotope ratio of methane while operating in-situ at depth. The sensor combines a novel laser absorption spectroscopy gas sensor with a membrane-free approach to water sampling and was developed under funding from the NOAA SBIR Program. The sensor has been demonstrated in a CTD deployment (June 2021) and will further be utilized by NOAA researchers on a ROV (July 2022). The approach will provide significantly more data and at a cost savings as compared to the analysis of returned samples. Sensor Capabilities There is a critical need for deep ocean chemical sensors that can address outstanding questions in oceanography and earth science, including the role of methane in the global carbon cycle. Current measurement strategies involve collecting a limited number of samples, which are initially processed on-board ships, and then later analyzed in a shore-based laboratory through a time-consuming and labor-intensive process. An in-situ, real-time methane sensor could provide the ability to analyze a far greater number of samples, as well as spatially resolve variations and better target measurement locations. This enhanced capability would facilitate: Undersea Methane Vents (CREDIT: OptoKnowledge) Finding methane seep and hydrothermal vent sites Understanding the fate of methane in the water column Quantifying the extent of microbial activity in vent systems Track methane production and fractionation in real-time. OptoKnowledge Systems, Inc. (OKSI) was founded in 1991 and specializes in developing turn-key sensors for challenging environments. The office is located in Torrance, CA. Jason Kriesel, OKSI, Lead Scientist jason.Kriesel@optoknowledge.com | 310-756-0520 https://optoknowledge.com/environmental-sensing/ Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds.

CREARE Open Water Logger

Wireless Open Water Logger for Ocean Sampling

The Wireless Open Water Logger (WOWL) Project is a NOAA-funded effort by Creare LLC, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. The goal is to enable large-scale opportunistic ocean sampling by developing a low-cost, reliable, and open-source ocean temperature and depth logger. Changes in ocean temperature have a profound impact on the productivity of fisheries and aquaculture. Sampling offshore ocean temperatures, particularly at depth, is challenging and expensive. Opportunistic sampling from fishing gear can address this sampling need. Commercial fishermen are more and more aware of the correlations between water temperature and harvest. Existing programs, such as Environmental Monitoring on Lobster Traps (EMOLT, a collaboration between NOAA and the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation), have capitalized on this on a small (but ever increasing) basis. These data are already contributing to our understanding of links between temperature and catch. Expanding these programs is hindered by the high cost of sensor nodes and the need for integrating data-transmission hardware with the host ship. A simpler and less expensive approach is needed. The WOWL is designed to inexpensive, rugged, and easy to use. The WOWL integrates with users’ smartphones (via Bluetooth Low Energy and a free application), eliminating the need for dedicated hardware to retrieve and upload data. No ship integration is necessary. Our vision for the future is that data are geo-tagged by the smartphone and then uploaded to an existing, cloud-based, and publicly accessible data repository. The data can be accessed via standard, open data formats (e.g., CSV text files) from both the mobile application and the cloud repository. Data will be visualized as soon as it is uploaded via WeatherCitizen or via open online visualization toolkits. Resources: Project Website GitHub Repository For additional information please contact the Creare team at wowl@creare.com. Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds.

Figure 1: Rendering of the air-deployed Black Swift S0 for use in hurricane research.

Black Swift Technologies – SØ™ UAS Platform

Black Swift Technologies works through NOAA and Air Force SBIR to Develop Multi-Mission UAS Capabilities The Black Swift SØ™ UAS is an intelligent unmanned aircraft capable of completely automatic flights at altitudes up to 15,000 feet AGL. Its unique tail design enables deep-stall landing with near vertical descent and 10-foot landing accuracy. The rapid ascent and descent allow the SØ to quickly and accurately capture 3-dimensional wind profiles at various levels. With a flight duration of up to 90 minutes, the Black Swift SØ has the endurance and comprehensive sensor suite necessary to capture a profile of upper air parameters including air temperature, wind speed and direction, dewpoint, and atmospheric pressure–quickly and efficiently. Manufactured entirely in the USA, the SØ was engineered from inception for flight s in extreme atmospheric conditions, including hurricane deployments. Its advanced avionics enables fully autonomous operation with minimal training. Designed for rapid atmospheric profiling, the SØ’s automated sampling patterns and scripting allow for “launch-and-forget” operations.  Learn More –> For procurement inquiries, contact sales@bst.aero. Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds.

The World Climate Service provides meteorologists and other climate-sensitive professionals with critical long-range forecast information to support climate risk-related decision making.

World Climate Service – Long Lead Forecasting Tools

The World Climate Service provides meteorologists and other climate-sensitive professionals with critical long-range forecast information to support climate risk-related decision making. As forecasting skill improves at all lead times, new opportunities emerge to provide innovative and valuable services. Founded in 2009, the World Climate Service is positioned to be a leader in the exciting developments and upcoming growth of long-range weather and climate forecasting. More Information –> Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds.

Nucleic Sensing Systems eDNA Tracker shown at water's edge

Autonomous, Real-Time, Field-Deployable Genetic Detection Technology

The Tracker is the world’s only field-deployable, automatic, web-connected monitoring tool, able to report real-time data on environmental DNA (eDNA). By taking the human out of the loop, we connect autonomous high-frequency sampling with geospatial data to better monitor biological activity. Tracker Capabilities Continuous-flow operation giving real-time results Operating with commercially available liquid reagents that require no refrigeration which eases logistical concerns No concentration, separation, or purification of samples required Simultaneous multi-species detection enables geospatial and temporal data for mapping and optimizing a management response Autonomous, GPS integration, Cloud-connected software interface with data & alerts Digital genetic verification via PCR with general specificity Federal Procurement – Sole Source Information The right to receive sole-source awards is a real benefit of the SBIR Program both to the government and to the participating companies. The SBA SBIR/STTR Policy Directive dictates the justification that an agency can and must use to justify the sole-source award. Predictably, that justification reads that the new award must derive from, extend, or complete prior SBIR effort and be funded with non- SBIR funds. For inquiries about this technology, please contact Nucleic Sensing Systems directly. 1-Page Fact Sheet