Despite its importance, the majority of our ocean is largely unknown, especially in the deep sea.
New technologies can help scientists identify and track problems, study ocean processes, and fuel groundbreaking discoveries. We fund technologies that address challenges significantly limiting ocean research and conservation work. This includes such innovations as low-cost sensors, new power sources, and corrosion and biofouling prevention. Our goal is to support technologies that make ocean research more efficient and more effective, allowing researchers to do their work longer, at a lower-cost, and with greater resolution.
Case Study: Saildrone
Reaching new depths of oceanographic research and exploration through the use of wind-powered autonomous drones.
University of Haifa
Developing Sea-Thru, a lidar-based platform to image real colors underwater in real-time, intended to work flexibly with consumer cameras under natural and artificial light.
Building MantaRay, the first autonomous microplastic sampler. It will work on multiple platforms and provide much needed data to illuminate a poorly understood issue in marine plastic pollution
Future Ocean Labs at MIT
Building an open-source family of very low-cost, low-power acoustic modems that allow low-bandwidth data transfer over intermediate and short distances
Ocean Research and Conservation Association
Experimenting with a low-cost pollution sensor that can help identify coastal waters most in need of further study with the group’s more elaborate Kilroy sensor packages. Their overall goal is to apply these technologies to the identification of key pollution sources.
Building low-cost, open source sensors to measure a range of oceanographic parameters such as sea-level, temperature, conductivity, pressure, and pH.
Developing the Sunfish, an autonomous underwater vehicle capable of exploring and mapping underwater environments
Scripps Institution of Oceanography -Sandin Lab
Developing techniques for three-dimensional mapping of reefs that track regional reef growth or declines, allowing researchers to discern key ecological patterns that inform management
WHOI – Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering
Developing a portable low-power sensor capable of monitoring multiple dissolved gasses playing key roles in climate and marine ecosystem health.
WHOI – Hansel Lab
The DISCO (diver-operated submersible chemiluminescent sensor) has been developed to measure oxygen radicals and other fleeting marine chemicals in situ.
Developing an ecosystem of aerial, mobile, marine, space and industrial robots for improved reliability and productivity, including wireless charging technology for autonomous systems, like underwater drones.
University of Washington
Developing a next generation salinity sensor – a small, low power, low cost, carbon nanotube powered sensor for oceanographic use, enabling ocean sensing on larger temporal and spatial scales.
Induced Polarization Associates
Developing a portable in-water electrical detection technology for mapping water column and seabed contaminants
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Employing a seafloor “biodome” system, Free Ocean Carbon Enrichment, that is diver-deployable and enables manipulation of temperature, pH, and other parameters to enable previously impossible underwater studies.
Powering new measurement capabilities and extended functional lifespans for oceanographic research equipment by harvesting renewable energy from beneath the sea through exploiting water column temperature gradients
Scripps Institution of Oceanography -Jaffe Lab
Developing a smart underwater imaging telemeter (The SUIT) that enables permanent association of underwater video and photos with location and environmental data.
Northeastern Environmental Sensors Lab
Developing low-cost, accurate nitrogen sensors to tackle one of the biggest challenges related to solving the problem of coastal nutrient pollution.
A co-design testbed to synchronize and evolve technology solutions for industry, ocean science, and conservation.
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