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Charles River Analytics Expands Drone Research to Support NOAA Environmental Missions
Friday, October 30, 2020

Charles River Analytics Expands Drone Research to Support NOAA Environmental Missions

NOAA SBIR Awardee to explore how unmanned aerial systems can further the agency’s unique environmental stewardship goals.

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-funded tool uses fluorescence to help scientists see tiny coral...and much more
Friday, August 21, 2020

NOAA-funded tool uses fluorescence to help scientists see tiny coral...and much more

A NOAA SBIR company developed equipment that is used by marine biologists around the world both underwater and in the laboratory to study coral recruitment and health and to address other issues related to understanding and stewardship of the marine environment. 
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.

SBIR Awardee, Hydronalix Receives the DOC Export Achievement Award
Monday, January 6, 2020

SBIR Awardee, Hydronalix Receives the DOC Export Achievement Award

 Past NOAA SBIR Phase III company receives the Export Achievement Award for their unmanned surface vehicle known as the Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard (EMILY).
Computers In Library Magazine Features SOS Explorer in December Article
Friday, December 27, 2019

Computers In Library Magazine Features SOS Explorer in December Article

Science On A Sphere, developed from TPO's Tech Transfer office, brings NOAA directly to the classroom to help students visualize data in near real-time.

TPO's Tiffany House Visits GLERL and Comes Away Wowed
Thursday, November 14, 2019

TPO's Tiffany House Visits GLERL and Comes Away Wowed

Mentoring Visit to GLERL Offers a Wealth of Learning Opportunities

Tiffany House, NOAA SBIR, had the opportunity to shadow her mentor through the OAR Mentoring Program and deliver a briefing on the SBIR Program to GLERL, one of seven Federal research laboratories in the OAR line office of NOAA. She had fun learning about the advanced tools and technology GLERL uses and shares with the world, listening to leaders in science talk about their research with so much passion, and she was proud to share with them the great things the NOAA SBIR does for small businesses. 

SBIR Fall Innovation Conference Comes to National Harbor
Thursday, October 17, 2019

SBIR Fall Innovation Conference Comes to National Harbor

Networking opportunities, program sessions, workshops, and meetings with SBIR agencies, all in one location

Last week, the NOAA Technology Partnerships Office attended the conference in National Harbor, Maryland with the goal of connecting with small businesses in need of research grants in NOAA mission related functions with excellent commercial potential. Networking opportunities, program sessions, workshops, and meeting with SBIR agencies, were just a few of the benefits of attending the SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference. In just two days the NOAA SBIR team connected with over 30 small businesses. 
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.
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.

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.
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.

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 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'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's Great Lakes Lab Partnering to Improve Water Supply Forecasting Systems
Friday, December 22, 2017

NOAA's Great Lakes Lab Partnering to Improve Water Supply Forecasting Systems

Binational multi-agency team convenes to evaluate completion of new water supply forecasting systems for supporting hydropower management

A binational, multi-agency team that includes the New York Power Authority (NYSPA), Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC), Ontario Power Generation (OPG), Niagara River Control Center, and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) met at GLERL on September 20-21 to evaluate completion of new forecasting systems for supporting hydropower management.
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.
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