Derek Parks

A satellite image shows Hurricane Florence as it churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on September 11, 2018

NOAA’s Cooperative R&D Agreements – Supporting Partnerships with the U.S. Private Weather Industry

NOAA’s laboratories regularly partner with private sector companies through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements – CRADAs – to conduct work that is mutually beneficial and helps to accomplish the NOAA mission. One area of increasing collaborative activity is in private weather forecasting. A recent article in Grist.org provides a good description of how NOAA’s weather forecasting work overlaps with private industry and how they complement each other. Read the original article: As private weather forecasting takes off, who is left behind?

This rendering shows what the new Viking expedition ships will look like, including the hangar for launching small vessels. Credit: Viking

NOAA teams up with Viking to conduct and share science aboard new Great Lakes expedition voyages

NOAA plans to expand its research in the Great Lakes region as the agency teams up with the travel company Viking to carry scientists aboard new expedition voyages planned to begin in 2022. As part of the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, NOAA scientists will join Viking expeditions in the Great Lakes to conduct research focused on changes in the region’s weather, climate, ecosystems and maritime heritage resources. NOAA scientists will also serve on the Viking Scientific Advisory Committee. Read the Full Story –>  

Multi-purpose Above/Below Surface Expendable Sonde

MASED (‘May-Z-D’) is one of Boston Engineering’s low-cost, modular, configurable, family of versatile maritime sondes/profilers that collect critical data such as conductivity, temperature, and depth (CTD) and meet multiple research, commercial, and defense needs. MASED addresses rapid intensification and other critical research applications by taking multiple, targeted profiles in the ocean’s critical areas Features Expendable or recoverable Multiple, untethered dives followed by resurfacing (“profiles”) Onboard power (rechargeable optional) Low-cost, replaceable conductivity, temperature, depth sensors standard (other sensors possible) Automatic satellite communications Hand, vessel, or air-droppable AVAPS sized & launched Allows colocation of AVAPS atmospheric and ocean data Flexible, robust expanding antenna mast for robust comms Technology Highlights 16.5 in. long x 2.75 in. diameter with air drop kit attached (shown) – AVAPs size 2.6 lbs. dry weight (wet wt.: neutral) Self-releasing & detaching parachute Operational depth rating: 200m (deeper profiles possible) Standard number of profiles: 5+ *use dependent Standby time: Weeks Iridium communications Easy to use/launch, Programmable profiles Standard sensors: Conductivity, Temperature, Depth GPS IMU Ask about other comms & sensors Prototypes available.  Product ready for sale 2022/23. Contact Michael Rufo Vice President for Research and Development Tel:  781-314-0723 Email:  mrufo@boston-engineering.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.

Blue Ocean Gear Smart Buoy on the dock in a pile of fishing line

Blue Ocean Gear Smart Buoy

The Blue Ocean Gear Farallon Smart Buoy System allows commercial fishing fleets to monitor the location and movement of their deployed fishing gear — anytime, anywhere. Fishermen can navigate to precise coordinates instead of approximate waypoints even if weather, wind, or waves move the gear, saving hours of work and gallons of fuel every trip. Smart Buoys have been successfully deployed in North America’s most demanding fisheries, from Alaskan king crab to Atlantic longline and are compatible with most deployed gear including pots, longlines, gillnets, FADs, aquaculture, and ropeless gear. This compact, rugged, depth-rated buoy works by transmitting position and motion sensor data via the most encompassing satellite network in the world, so there are no black-out zones, no matter how far from shore or the vessel. No special equipment or training is needed to set up or deploy the system, and the gear turns on automatically when deployed. Data is compatible with multiple interfaces, each appropriate for different conditions. For quick checks, the Buoy Locator mobile app provides essential data to find your buoys or highlight unusual behavior. Customizable SMS alerts are also available to highlight activity. When onshore, the BlueVue web interface provides historical location, sensor data, and analytics. Offshore, integration with an onboard chart plotter is also available. Each user only sees their own Smart Buoys, though there is also the option to share buoy locations with other vessels to avoid gear conflict. View Full Specifications National Fisherman Article Federal Procurement – Sole Source Available 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. Contact Information Ryan Lind, Blue Ocean Gear, Sales ManagerRyan.Lind@blueoceangear.com+1-305-298-5163www.blueoceangear.com

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.