US: Liquid Robotics and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have signed a multi-year, Cooperative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) aimed at improving US weather forecasting, fisheries management and environmental monitoring.
The NOAA/Liquid Robotics CRADA will focus research on three primary areas: expanding sensor capabilities that will fill data gaps and lower data acquisition costs; improving unmanned platform’s geographic scope of coverage to collect data; utilising sensor data collected from unmanned platforms to augment or replace existing data collection technologies (i.e. moored buoys, satellites, research vessels).
NOAA and Liquid will collaborate for improving hurricane intensity forecasting, arctic meteorological and oceanic exploration, coastal mapping, hydrographic surveys, carbon dioxide monitoring and ocean acidification data gathering, fisheries surveys, etc. Additionally, there will be research expeditions to augment weather satellite data collection records by providing high resolution, surface (in-situ) data for up to a year.