Saildrone carrying multiple sensors with NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson in the background. (NOAA)

NOAA casts a net for emerging tech

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to improve its data services and boost organizational efficiencies by identifying new observing capabilities and applications that process environmental information.

NOAA is looking for information on new environmental observing platforms, systems for data processing and data synthesis and more efficient observing system/network/constellation solutions, according to the request for information.

RFI respondents may be selected to participate in the second annual Emerging Technologies Workshop in August.  That event will showcase both sensors and platforms that could replace or improve current capabilities, lower costs and fill current gaps within the next three to five years.

The submitted technologies should address information gaps areas in global ocean temperatures, global seawater salinity, coastal wetlands and global winds.

Last year, 22 workshop presentations featured drone-based technologies that address gaps in atmospheric research, micro-satellites that predict hurricanes and remote sensing tools that measure stream discharge.

More information is available here.

About the Author

Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

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