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Environmental Monitoring

Wave Inertial Measurement Sensor (WIMS)

The Wave Inertial Measurement Sensor (WIMS) is a low-cost, low power consumption device measuring wave motion, height, period, and direction.

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Water Supply Toxicity Screening System

Water Supply Toxicity Screening System is a low-cost, near real-time, broad-spectrum biological method used for screening toxins in water supplies, performing toxicity reductions evaluations, identification of point and non-point source pollution, pesticides in soil, and pharmaceutical irritant testing. The assay requires no chemistry or reagents, has little or no turn-around time for results.

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UV Anti-fouling

UV Anti-fouling Inventors: Norm Farr, Clifford Pontbriand, Timothy Peters Publication No. US9235048 B2 Overview: An improved method using a light source for reducing the bio-fouling and accumulation of biofilms on optically transparent surfaces of marine equipment without manual scrubbing to maintain visual and operational integrity for accurate sensor readings and communications. Technology: This invention uses an…

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Under Ice Oil Spill Mapping Response System

Under Ice Oil Spill Mapping Response System is a plug-and-play sensor system designed for MBARI long-range AUVs (LRAUV) equipped with oceanographic sensors and sensors necessary for oil detection and mapping. The data that can be autonomously obtained is crucial to developing baseline data in the Arctic and quickly providing decision-makers information during environmental disasters to limit damages.

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Submersible Bioluminescence Detector

The Submersible Bioluminescence Detector is a compact, expendable bathyphotometer system that senses bioluminescence at the depth at which it occurs. Its design is significantly smaller, sturdier, and less expensive than traditional marine photometers.

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SeaSalt Optical Calibrator

The SeaSalt Optical Calibrator is an integrated, low-cost fixture designed for in-orbit calibrations to maintain proper temperatures and reduce pixel distortion. The Calibrator can be easily installed in CubeSats and other small, low-cost satellites.

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Midwater Oil Sampler

The Midwater Oil Sampler advanced autonomy in oil spill management. The sampler utilizes new autonomous vehicle behaviors, developed by the inventors, to support rapid response management.

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Microplastics Detection & Identification

The Microplastics Sensor differentiates between plastic and non-plastic particles in a liquid sample in a real-time, flow-through microplastics sensor. The sensor can make rapid detections in minutes without the possibility of contaminating the sample and has proven potential for development into a real-time, in-situ, low-cost microplastics sensor

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Hydraulic Boundary Measurement System

The Hydraulic Boundary Measurement System is a low-power, in-situ sensor that takes automatic and continuous measurements. The data collected through measures can be stored locally or transmitted wirelessly. In addition, low-power components allow deployment lengths of 6 months or more.

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Compact Dissolved Methane and Gas Sensor

The Dissolved Gas Sensor supports field-portable, in-situ, and bench-top measurements. The sensor can measure dissolved gases in liquids using only milliliters of the sample and produce a sample analysis time of only minutes. In addition, using a hollow-core fiber optic sensor allows analysis to be simple, robust, and conducted with a compact configuration.

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CHANOS Marine Carbonate Detection Instrument

The Channelized Optical System (CHANOS) uses a modular design that is capable of making simultaneous spectrophotometric measurements of seawater DIC and pH.

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Automated Ground Water Seepage & Toxicity Meter

Automated Ground Water Seepage & Toxicity Meter Inventor: Matthew Charette Publication No. US7637168 B2   Overview: Submarine Groundwater Discharge (SGD) can carry nutrients and pollutants into salt marshes, coastal waters, bays, coral reefs and other vulnerable areas potentially leading to environmental problems including eutrophication and the deterioration of the natural ecology. The study of the flow,…

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