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SeaTag: Electronic Tags of the Future; A NOAA SBIR Success Story
Thursday, June 6, 2013

SeaTag: Electronic Tags of the Future; A NOAA SBIR Success Story

In 2007, NOAA published a solicitation for a small business to develop new electronic tags. The requirements of the new tagging technologies included an innovative geolocation mechanism, variety of ocean sensors, and reduced cost.


President Obama's FY 2014 Budget increses R&D Funding
Friday, May 31, 2013

President Obama's FY 2014 Budget increses R&D Funding

President Obama's FY 2014 budget proposes $142.8 billion for federal R&D, an increase of $1.9 billion or 1.3 percent over the FY 2012 enacted level.

Avanced Nautical Charting and the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®)
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Avanced Nautical Charting and the Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®)

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

The PORTS® program, managed by NOAA's National Ocean Service, provides mariners with direct access to real-time water level, current and wind speed/direction data at locations specifically requested by mariners.

Personal Locator Beacons - Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) System
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Personal Locator Beacons - Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) System

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

Around the world...around the clock...NOAA proudly stands watch.  As an integral part of worldwide search and rescue, NOAA operates the Search And Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system to detect and locate mariners, aviators, and recreational enthusiasts in distress almost anywhere in the world at anytime and in almost any condition.

High-Precision Global Positioning
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

High-Precision Global Positioning

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is responsible for the development and maintenance of the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) that is used for positioning, navigation, mapping and charting.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART®) Buoys
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART®) Buoys

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

Researchers at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) in Seattle, Washington, developed the first DART® system in 1995, but it wasn’t until the Indian Ocean tsunami disaster in December 2004 that the system was implemented throughout the waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

National Weather Service Forecasting Network
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

National Weather Service Forecasting Network

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

Known as the "Voice of NOAA's National Weather Service," NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a public service that provides continuous weather information directly from the nearest National Weather Service forecast office.

The Keeling Curve and the NOAA Climate Model
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Keeling Curve and the NOAA Climate Model

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

NOAA has been at the forefront of climate observation, measurement, and modeling since the 1950s.   Many of the scientific discoveries made along the way, while possibly not familiar to the average citizen, are now widely used to describe our knowledge of Earth’s climate system.

Isolated Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Fish Oil
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Isolated Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Fish Oil

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

The innovative process developed by scientists at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, and patented in 1992, improved the method for purifying and enriching omega-3s from fish oils.

Technique for Improving the Texture of Processed Fish (Surimi)
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Technique for Improving the Texture of Processed Fish (Surimi)

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

In 1990, NOAA scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service patented a technique for using a water extract of potato to treat fish meat used in surimi to improve the overall firmness of the texture in the final product

Icing Hazard Detection for Aircraft
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Icing Hazard Detection for Aircraft

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

This radar allows for real-time warnings to air traffic controllers and pilots and makes flying safer for everyone.

Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) Tags
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) Tags

NOAA Innovation in Everyday Life

In 1983, scientists from NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center began ground-breaking cooperative work with the Bonneville Power Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy to determine the feasibility of tracking salmon through passive integrated transponders or PIT tags, embedded under the skin of the fish.

 Supreme Court Considers Gene Patents
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Supreme Court Considers Gene Patents

Oscilla Power, Inc. Successfully Completes First Field Trial of its Magnetostrictive Wave Energy Generator
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Oscilla Power, Inc. Successfully Completes First Field Trial of its Magnetostrictive Wave Energy Generator

Testing To Continue Off The New Hampshire Coast This Summer


NOAA Signs CRADA with Biosortia Phramaceuticals
Friday, December 21, 2012

NOAA Signs CRADA with Biosortia Phramaceuticals

Agreements seeks to isolate and commercialize new compounds for human health benefits

The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Service, Center for Human Health Risk at Hollings Marine Laboratory (CHHR/HML) and Biosortia Pharmaceuticals dba Alagaeventure Systems (AVS) entered into a CRADA.  The purpose of the agreement is to provide a framework for research and development regarding the analysis and purification of novel bioactive compounds that are found in algal biomass consortia from the natural aquatic environment.

NOAA's Science on a Sphere Celebrates 10 Years
Friday, December 14, 2012

NOAA's Science on a Sphere Celebrates 10 Years

Technology Transfer Success Story

Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.
Scientists from the Earth Systems Research Laboratory Honored for 2012 Patent
Friday, November 30, 2012

Scientists from the Earth Systems Research Laboratory Honored for 2012 Patent

NOAA Administrator, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, and Kelly Wright, Director of NOAA’s Technology Partnerships Office, awarded the NOAA Patent Holders Award to James Ronald Jordan, James Harwood Churnside, and Paul Ernest Johnston

On November 16, NOAA Administrator, Dr. Jane Lubchenco, and Kelly Wright, Director of NOAA’s Technology Partnerships Office, awarded the NOAA Patent Holders Award to James Ronald Jordan, James Harwood Churnside, and Paul Ernest Johnston of the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Earth Systems Research Laboratory (ESRL) for successfully patenting a system for “detection of transient signals in Doppler spectra”.

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