Surfzone Water Properties Sensor

Period of Performance: 04/05/2007 - 01/05/2008


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Western Environmental Tech. Laboratories
620 Applegate St., PO Box 518
Philomath, OR 97370
Principal Investigator


The objective of the proposed work is to design, fabricate and test inexpensive (nominally expendable) water property measurement systems (SWANs) to provide environmental optical parameters in the surfzone that are critical for MCM operations. Work will build on recent technological advances, including recent development of attenuation, scattering, and backscattering sensors for AUVs and other compact platforms. A SWAN (Surfzone Water Attenuation Node) will have a newly designed sensor (the BAM3) measuring multi-spectral attenuation, c, at 470, 532, and 660 nm, as well as GPS and RF communications. SWANs will be able to operate as drifters or as moored packages and will be capable of intelligent networking. A goal is to achieve a cost factor of $1K for the BAM3 and $2K for the SWAN. A SWAN-x version will also be developed that will additionally have recently developed sensors measuring total scattering (AUV-B) and multi-wavelength backscattering (ECO-BB3), thus providing the IOPs attenuation, scattering, absorption, and backscattering.