A NASA WB-57 high-altitude research plane during takeoff

NOAA scientists are working to decode Earth’s atmosphere

NOAA scientist Andrew Rollins was recently awarded a U.S. Patent for an instrument that can measure pollutants in the stratosphere. Developed at NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Laboratory in Colorado, the technology supports NOAA’s SABRE mission to significantly advance our understanding of the present-day composition, chemistry, and dynamics of the stratosphere and their impacts on the climate system.  Read more about this work and the patented design.

Two whales swimming in the ocean

NOAA SBIR-funded company joins partnership to protect marine mammals

The Vineyard Wind Project announced a new partnership with Charles River Analytics, Inc., aimed at protecting marine mammals during the construction of the Vineyard Wind 1 Project, the first utility-scale offshore wind project in the U.S. The effort will incorporate an “artificial intelligence and computer vision system that complements and supports human lookouts and marine radar systems” to detect marine mammals, ships, and fishing gear. Charles River Analytics’ research and development received a boost with initial Phase I funding from the NOAA SBIR Program. Read the full story.