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New technology uses NOAA data to provide faster disaster warnings
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

New technology uses NOAA data to provide faster disaster warnings

Mayday.ai applies artificial intelligence to NOAA satellite imagery to detect natural disasters, starting with wildfires

In 2017, as Kian Mirshahi watched wildfires rage across his home state of California, he wondered if there might be a way to get real-time information to first responders and citizens to help coordinate actions on the ground. More specifically, he wondered if Artificial Intelligence, or AI, might provide a key to faster decision-making. Fortunately, NOAA had recently rolled out two major developments, which provided the fuel for Mirshahi’s innovative drive. 
NOAA Releases Economic Valuation Overview for SBIR and CRADA Work
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

NOAA Releases Economic Valuation Overview for SBIR and CRADA Work

Summary Document Highlights Results from 2019 Report

In 2019, the TPO contracted a private company to research and assess the economic impact and overall effectiveness of NOAA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) component of NOAA's Technology Transfer Program.  The attached document provides a high level summary of the results.
Harmful Algae Blooms Could Be A Thing Of The Past, Thanks To CRADA Partnership
Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Harmful Algae Blooms Could Be A Thing Of The Past, Thanks To CRADA Partnership

NOAA scientist, Dr. Peter Moeller, has partnered with Green Water Solutions, LLC to test a new technology for eliminating harmful algae blooms.

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.

Science Magazine Features NOAA's Successful Partnership with Saildrone
Monday, March 12, 2018

Science Magazine Features NOAA's Successful Partnership with Saildrone

NOAA's Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Saildrone, Inc. is helping scientists explore new ways to gather data without the expense of large vessels, buoys, or satellites.

NOAA Big Data Project at Work
Tuesday, January 2, 2018

NOAA Big Data Project at Work

How the slightest shift kept Hurricane Irma from turning into an even worse disaster

Tampa Bay Times news team uses NOAA NEXRAD data provided through the Big Data Project for an in-depth analysis of Hurricane Irma.

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.
NOAA ESRL's Dan Murphy recognized for paper on Miniature Sun Photometer
Friday, May 19, 2017

NOAA ESRL's Dan Murphy recognized for paper on Miniature Sun Photometer

CSD Cloud & Aerosol Processes program lead Dr. Dan Murphy is recognized for a paper describing the miniature Scanning Aerosol Sun Photometer (miniSASP), a new instrument his team developed.
Science meets commerce: Aerial data collection helped this small business soar
Friday, May 12, 2017

Science meets commerce: Aerial data collection helped this small business soar

A small business that teamed up with NOAA to design a new tool that NOAA is using to improve the nation’s elevation measurements is now taking flight in the commercial market.
NOAA Big Data Project at Work
Friday, April 21, 2017

NOAA Big Data Project at Work

Today I Learned (TIL) with BigQuery blog site highlights the NOAA Big Data Project (BDP) at work.

 

Novel, Inexpensive Temperature Sensor Unlocks Coral Monitoring Challenge
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Novel, Inexpensive Temperature Sensor Unlocks Coral Monitoring Challenge

Novel design and minimal cost propel interest in global deployment at reefs.

Warm ocean water can be a killer for coral reefs, and AOML recently developed a new inexpensive sensor to drastically improve our ability to measure and monitor changing temperatures on reefs at an unprecedented scale.  The low cost sea temperature sensor, known as InSituSea, costs roughly $10 in parts to produce while providing high accuracy (0.05-0.1 C) in measurement. With a production cost that is 10% of an off-the-shelf temperature sensor, colleagues have expressed strong interest in deploying the InSituSea sea temperature sensor at coral reefs around the world.  
Robot Sailboats Scour the Oceans for Data
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Robot Sailboats Scour the Oceans for Data

Last summer, working with scientists and engineers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the boats skimmed along the edge of the retreating Arctic ice cap, giving scientists a detailed account of temperature, salinity and ecosystem information that would have been difficult and expensive to obtain in person.
NOAA Weather App Goes Global - Submit Your Own Weather Reports Using mPING!
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NOAA Weather App Goes Global - Submit Your Own Weather Reports Using mPING!

Citizen scientists around the world, not just those in the United States, can now submit weather observations and view reports on the go using the newly upgraded mPING smart phone application.
Arctic Shield 2015:  Autonomous and Piloted Aircraft Fly Search and Rescue Exercise
Monday, August 3, 2015

Arctic Shield 2015: Autonomous and Piloted Aircraft Fly Search and Rescue Exercise

On July 14, 2015, NOAA conducted a Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) north of Alaska on board the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy  This effort successfully integrated an Unmanned Aircraft Systemor UAS into a simulated response incident.  This exercise is one of many NOAA's UAS Program is conducting under Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) with US industry. 

Hollings Lab and Algaeventure Systems:  Looking for Benefits in Harmful Algal Blooms
Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hollings Lab and Algaeventure Systems: Looking for Benefits in Harmful Algal Blooms

The NOAA Ocean Service Hollings Laboratory Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), with Algaeventure Systems (dba Biosortia Pharmaceuticals), which was originally signed in 2012 and recently amended in 2014, has resulted in a wide array of successful outcomes for NOAA, and for its CRADA partners.  
NOAA and Envera LLC: Exploring Probiotics for Shellfish Aquaculture
Monday, July 27, 2015

NOAA and Envera LLC: Exploring Probiotics for Shellfish Aquaculture

The Milford laboratory seeks to transfer new knowledge and technology directly to the U.S. aquaculture industry through key partnerships and collaborations.  Most recently, the lab has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Envera LLC of West Chester, PA, to evaluate a newly isolated probiotic strain for possible commercial use in oyster hatcheries.
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