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Harbor Branch Ocean Visibility and Optics Laboratory Awarded Two Grants

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FAU Harbor Branch's Ocean Visibility and Optics Laboratory (OVOL) was recently awarded a grant to package the Non-Invasive Underwater Optical Tracking System. The NIUOTS system that the team is building in collaboration with the Naval Surface Warfare Center - Carderock Division (NSWCCD) based in Ft. Lauderdale will be installed at their South Florida Ocean Measurement Facility (SFOMF) close to FAU Seatech and offshore Dania Beach.

Congratulations to Harbor Branch Principal Investigators Dr. Fraser Dalgleish, Dr. Bing Ouyang and Dr. Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish and the Harbor Branch optical, electronic, mechanical and software engineering expert team: Brian Ramos, Ben Metzger, Walter Britton, Dr Frank Caimi, Michael Rouleau and Mike Young.

FAU Harbor Branch's OVOL, in collaboration with FAU SNMREC and University of Florida, was also recently awarded a three year grant to extensively field test, validate, enhance performance, and reduce the unit cost for a new sensor known as Unobtrusive Multi-static Serial LiDAR Imager (UMSLI).

Harbor Branch designed and built the UMSLI prototype sensor between 2014-2016 using a Department of Energy federal grant of $555,000 and will continue to develop it via follow on sponsorship from Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Program. The sensor will be rigorously tested over the three year program at marine renewable energy test facilities including the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) located in Sequim (WA), and a more energetic site at the US Navy's grid-connected, 30 meter Wave Energy Test Site (WETS) located at the Marine Corps Base Hawai'i (MCBH) on Oahu.

The new $944,444 grant, which will support further development, test and evaluation of the sensor between 2017 and 2020 was awarded under the federal funding opportunity "Marine and Hydrokinetic Energy Conversion and Environmental Monitoring Technology Advancement, Topic Area 2: Innovation, Testing, and Validation of MHK Environmental Monitoring Instrumentation and Performance Application."

Congratulations to FAU Principal Investigators Dr. Fraser Dalgleish, Dr. Bing Ouyang, Dr. Anni Vuorenkoski Dalgleish, Mr. Gabriel Alsenas and the Harbor Branch optical, electronic, mechanical and software engineering expert team: Brian Ramos, Ben Metzger, Walter Britton, Dr. Frank Caimi, Michael Rouleau, Dave Bourdette and Mike Young.

To learn more about the Ocean Engineering and Technology team click here

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Example images of the types of shapes that the UMSLI system captures of various marine life at alternate pose and orientation.