Coastal Ocean Monitoring Prediction System (COMPS)

To improve our understanding of the workings of the coastal ocean for a variety of environmental applications, including hurricane storm surge along the West Coast of Florida, the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science (USF/CMS) established a real-time Coastal Ocean Monitoring Prediction System (COMPS) for the West Florida Shelf region. COMPS program observing assets consist of arrays of offshore buoys and coastal stations for surface meteorology and in-water measurement of temperature, salinity, currents, and sea level; along with several High Frequency (HF) Radar sites for offshore surface-current velocity field measurements.

Occam Technology Group™ personnel performed Firmware design and development of analog sensor conditioning, digital signal processing, and communications.

Bottom Stationed Ocean Profiler (BSOP)

Designed and developed at the University of South Florida’s Center for Ocean Technology (COT), the BSOP, Bottom Stationed Ocean Profiler, system is a free floating, bottom stationed, vertically migrating platform that collects various sensor data and provides for near-real-time data collection via the ORBCOMM satellite network.

Occam Technology Group™ personnel performed Firmware design and development of analog sensor conditioning, digital signal processing, and communications.

Nutrient Sensor

The sub-based nutrient sensor was developed by Dr. Rob Masserini and Dr. Kent Fanning of the University of South Florida. The core of the system is a high speed flash lamp based cell used to analyze seawater for nitrate, nitrite and ammonium using fluorescence detection.

Occam Technology Group™ personnel performed Hardware/Firmware design and development of 80 MHz analog sensor conditioning, digital signal processing and validation.

Plankton Counter

Developed at the University of South Florida’s Center for Ocean Technology (COT), the DLS2, Dual Laser Light Sheet, optical plankton counter provides for real-time sampling, histogram generation, and data manipulation of plankton size, velocity, equivalent spherical diameter, peak size, and time stamp at rates up to 50KHz.

Occam Technology Group™ personnel performed Firmware design and development of analog sensor conditioning and digital signal processing.