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NOAA Awarded U.S. Patent for Innovative Lionfish Trap
Monday, April 26, 2021

NOAA Awarded U.S. Patent for Innovative Lionfish Trap

Device could help protect threatened ecosystems and aid fishing communities

Over the last 20 years, invasive lionfish populations have dramatically increased throughout the western Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Lionfish have already caused a decline in native species that have significant ecological, cultural, and commercial value. Further impacts on coral reefs and other important ecosystems are anticipated, but not yet fully understood. Fortunately, as the threat of lionfish has intensified, so too have the levels of awareness and concern among not just scientists and fishers, but among members of the public. NOAA’s recently-patented lionfish trap could be a solution that offers both ecological and commercial benefits. The trap is shaped like a change purse and is constructed primarily out of a hinged steel frame, attached netting, and a centrally-located vertical panel called a “fish attraction device”.
Monday, September 16, 2019

New NOAA app brings earth and space animations to your phone

Free tool helps teachers, students understand the Earth

On the SOS Explorer Mobile app, users can interact with streaming data visualizations— zooming in and out, rotating, scrolling through time, taking guided tours through datasets, and watching embedded educational videos.
Opuhala Sea Temperature Sensor and Software
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Opuhala Sea Temperature Sensor and Software

DIY Sensors Allow Broad Monitoring of Sea Temperature for Coral Health

NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring Program has developed a compact and inexpensive sea temperature sensor for the Opuhala project to measure sea temperature across multiple sites for this global project.

Sub-Surface Automated Dual Water Sampler (SAS)
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Sub-Surface Automated Dual Water Sampler (SAS)

NOAA-Designed Hands On Learning Tool for Students and Scientists

The sub-surface automated dual water sampler (SAS) was designed by researchers at NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) and the University of Miami to help scientists study water chemistry on shallow reef habitats. Explore the SAS website, use it to guide you in building and using your own water samplers, embrace the maker movement and improve on our design. If you are a teacher, there are free lesson plans to download that include labs and activities related to science, technology, and engineering. Enjoy this site and please use the SAS to learn about and explore our oceans!
Science on a Sphere Mobile Application
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Science on a Sphere Mobile Application

SOS Explorer Now Available for iOS and Android

SOS Explorer™ (SOSx) is a flat screen version of the widely popular Science On a Sphere® (SOS). The revolutionary software takes SOS datasets, usually only seen on a 6-foot sphere in large museum spaces, and makes them more accessible. The visualizations show information provided by satellites, ground observations and computer models. There are two versions available. SOS Explorer is an exhibit-quality version and SOS Explorer Mobile is a free introductory version.
CA Water Forecast Improvement Driven by NOAA Innovation and Partnerships
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

CA Water Forecast Improvement Driven by NOAA Innovation and Partnerships

The NOAA Physical Sciences Division (PSD) is entering its third consecutive five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the California Department of Water Resources (CA-DWR) as part of their Enhanced Flood Response and Emergency Preparedness (EFREP) program. The cornerstone of these MOUs has been the development, deployment, operation, and maintenance of a 21st-century observing system to help California deal with its water resource and flood protection issues.
Adaptable and driven by renewable energy, Saildrones voyage into remote waters
Friday, May 18, 2018

Adaptable and driven by renewable energy, Saildrones voyage into remote waters

NOAA's Cooperative Research and Development Agreement or CRADA with Saildrone, Inc. is providing mountains of data across multiple NOAA mission areas.

S-Curve Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer - US Patent 9,751,431
Friday, May 18, 2018

S-Curve Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer - US Patent 9,751,431


Time-of‐flight mass spectrometers are commonly used in analytical chemistry and many other applications. NOAA scientists have developed a new geometry that has improved performance over existing designs and is looking for qualified U.S. manufacturers of scientific instruments to build, market, and sell this device under license.

Aquaculture:  Partnering with America's Growers
Monday, March 12, 2018

Aquaculture: Partnering with America's Growers

The open ocean, our coastal waters, even tanks in land-bound states all invite opportunities to grow more fish, shellfish and marine plants.
NOAA science, partnerships and pioneering techniques are building on these expanded opportunities, leading to more jobs, increased food security, revitalized waterfronts, and the restoration of depleted species and habitats.
North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies Publishes New Big Data Project Site
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies Publishes New Big Data Project Site

Easy Access to Critical NOAA Data Sets on the Cloud

NOAA’s Big Data Project (BDP) is designed to facilitate public use of key environmental datasets by providing copies of NOAA’s information in the Cloud, allowing users to do analyses of data and extract information without having to transfer and store these massive datasets themselves.
NOAA's Expendable BathyThermograph (XBT) - Innovation for Taking the Ocean's Temperature
Friday, December 22, 2017

NOAA's Expendable BathyThermograph (XBT) - Innovation for Taking the Ocean's Temperature

An eXpendable BathyThermograph (XBT) is a probe that is dropped from a ship and measures the temperature as it falls through the water. A very thin wire transmits the temperature data to the ship where it is recorded for later analysis. The probe is designed to fall at a known rate, so that the depth of the probe can be inferred from the time since it was launched.
NOAA-Funded Coral Instrument Leads to Start-Up
Friday, December 22, 2017

NOAA-Funded Coral Instrument Leads to Start-Up

CISME Instruments, LLC to Sell Commercial Instrument for Coral and Benthic Studies

CISME was developed by Drs. Alina M. Szmant and Robert F. Whitehead at the University of North Carolina Wilmington Center for Marine Science with funding from NOAA OER Grant NA09OAR4320073. The team is in the process of commercializing the Coral In Situ Metabolism INstrument or CISME (pronounced Kiss-Me). The start up has a set of instruments available for testing by trained and qualified research divers who are willing to collaborate and provide the company their feedback. A few “early adopter” units are also available for sale.
Man Overboard Recovery Device (U.S. Patent Pending)
Monday, March 6, 2017

Man Overboard Recovery Device (U.S. Patent Pending)

NOAA device allows assisted rescue of incapacitated crew

The NOAA Man Overboard Device allows a single rescuer to attach a lifting harness to an unresponsive victim who is unable to assist in their own rescue.  That is the most significant advantage that our device has over existing rescue devices. Our device does not require the rescuer to enter the water to assist the victim. I feel that any vessel equipped with both a Life Sling and our device can recover an MOB in almost any situation. 

Deepwater Lionfish Trap (U.S. Patent Pending)
Monday, March 6, 2017

Deepwater Lionfish Trap (U.S. Patent Pending)

Designs for Two New Deepwater Traps Released

NOAA scientists have developed two new trap designs that can target invasive lionfish in deep water and reduce negative effects on native species that are ecologically, recreationally, or commercially important. 
ONav and GeoPixel™: Web-Based Navigation for the Collection of Aerial Imagery (U.S. Patent Pending)
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ONav and GeoPixel™: Web-Based Navigation for the Collection of Aerial Imagery (U.S. Patent Pending)

Seeking commercial partners for licensing and distribution of this NOAA-developed technology.

NOAA engineers have created a heads-up navigation display for pilots for coastal imagery acquisition, “ONav.”  The system combines a real-time Global Positioning System (GPS) and Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) stream along with image collection metadata from the on-board cameras to generate vector overlays the pilots can use to easily navigate, track progress, and ensure full coverage of the survey area greatly improving survey efficiency.
Flexible PIT Antenna System
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Flexible PIT Antenna System

Seeking interested manufacturers for technology transfer

NOAA has developed a flexible antenna system for collecting data form PIT-tagged fish.  The system is flexible, scalable, easy to deploy, and can be used in both fixed and towed applications.
Oscillating/Tidal Biological Filtration System (U.S. Patent Pending)
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Oscillating/Tidal Biological Filtration System (U.S. Patent Pending)

Seeking Licensees for Aquaculture Systems, Aquarium Supplies, Wastewater Treatment

NOAA engineers have recently developed an innovative biological filtration system for aquaculture and aquarium usage that is inexpensive, simple to set up, scalable, and best of all, is self-cleaning.
iGage:  A Cost Effective Instrument for Measuring River Height and Snow Depth
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

iGage: A Cost Effective Instrument for Measuring River Height and Snow Depth

NOAA is seeking commercial partners for manufacturing and distribution of this new instrument

The iGage is a low-cost, portable, rapidly deployable sonar instrument for providing river stage and snow depth information.  Developed by NOAA for remote field use in Alaska, the iGage is lightweight, durable, and compact, measuring just 5” x 7” x 3”.  The device is solar-powered so it requires no existing site power and can be boom-mounted to a variety of fixed platforms.
Smart Module for Communications Processing and Interface US Patent 9,297,925
Thursday, October 1, 2015

Smart Module for Communications Processing and Interface US Patent 9,297,925


Engineers at NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center have developed a patent-pending data collection and reporting system, the Smart Module for Communications Processing and Interface,  for use on data buoys or similar ocean- or land-based platforms where environmental data are being collected.  The benefit of the Smart Module design is that it may be readily retrofitted to a data buoy, weather station, or other similar applications, in order to add additional data acquisition capabilities or features, without disturbing existing communications and data logging equipment at the location.  This saves both time and money for testing and certifying new equipment at existing data gathering sites, some of which may be quite remote and difficult to access. By eliminating the risk of compromising an entire system by adding new components, the Smart Module makes adding new capabilities to existing platforms relatively simple and extremely cost effective.

 

ROYALTY FREE:  Red Fluorescent Protein - tprRFP (Porites lobata)
Monday, July 20, 2015

ROYALTY FREE: Red Fluorescent Protein - tprRFP (Porites lobata)

NOAA Researchers have isolated a very bright, red fluorescent protein from coral which can be useful for multi-color labeling experiments and comparisons of gene expression.  

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