An Undersea Challenge Awaits

Earlier this month the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the Nutrient Sensor Challenge.  A collaboration between the Alliance for Coastal Technologies, and federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric administration, the challenge is focused on helping better understand where aquatic nutrients come from and how they move in waterways.

The requirements for meeting the challenge are sensors that meet the following criteria:

  • are accurate over concentration ranges commonly observed,
  • are easy to use in maintenance-free, autonomous,  remote deployments of three months,
  • cost less than $5,000 to purchase, and
  • can be commercially available by 2017.

Those interested in participating must register by March 16, 2015.

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