ONR National Oceanographic Partnership Program (SNE)
Date: October 23, 2017
Time: All Day
Contact: Vanity Campbell
Funding Opportunity Number: N00014-17-S-B016
Funding Organization's Deadline: Monday, October 23, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. PST [LOIs are required for Topic 3 only]
Discipline/Subject Area: ocean research and technology
ANR Priority Area(s): SNE
Funding Available($): 3,500,000 varies by topic area
Description: The NOPP was established by Congress to promote the national goals of assuring national security, advancing economic development, protecting quality of life, and strengthening science education and communication by improving knowledge of the ocean.
Topic 1. CubeSat Sensors for Investigating Littoral Ocean and Atmosphere Dynamics
The goal of this NOPP solicitation is to seek proposals from academia, private industry and government laboratories to work in partnership to develop a CubeSat-based resource of remotely sensed observations of littoral ocean and atmosphere dynamics that, preferably, can be directly assimilated into or provide boundary conditions for numerical models. These variables and their interactions include many or all of the following: bathymetry, sea surface temperature, sea surface salinity, sea surface height, surface vector winds, directional wave spectra, currents, internal wave activity, river discharge, sea-ice characterization, cloud characterization, wave-current interaction, turbidity or ecology, amongst others.
Topic 2 - Improved and Routine Production, Stewardship, and Application of the Group for High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) Data
The GHRSST community and the NASA SST Science Team have established the following set of research and development priorities, taking guidance from recommendations in the 2014 National Plan for Civil Earth Observations.
1) Coordinate and integrate new SST observations (e.g. GOES-R, VIIRS); improve data access; management and interoperability; and maintain and strengthen international collaboration.
2) Focus on improving accuracy and uncertainty estimates of SSTs at high-latitudes.
3) Explore improving SST products through improved or expanded in situ SST observations in the Arctic.
4) Explore improving SST products particularly in marginal ice zones through research into high latitude air-sea-ice interactions and regional ocean-atmosphere-ice feedbacks.
Topic 3: In-situ Ocean Sensor Research and Technology Development
Over the last two decades, ocean science workshops have identified the need to: (1) reduce the power requirements and size of autonomous in-situ ocean sensors, (2) research and develop advanced technology in-situ ocean sensors, and (3) increase technology readiness levels (TRLs) of existing and emerging in-situ ocean sensors. Success in research and development of advanced sensor platforms has changed the paradigm of how the ocean is sampled and observed. These advanced platforms include but are not limited to Lagrangian vehicles, unique animal tags, surface vehicles and drifters, high powered buoys, floats, and cabled systems. Modern ocean observations consist of nested arrays of advanced platforms and ocean sensors which drive the need for additional research and technology maturation. Recent advances in material science and embedded computing systems have closed many in-situ sensor technology gaps and provide an opportunity for participating NOPP partners to fund high impact in-situ ocean sensor research and technology development.
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