Technology Portfolio

The Office for Applied Oceanography's mission is to encourage effective technology transfer for the public benefit as well as generating income for WHOI to benefit research and education.

Stretch Hose Mooring

Technology: Stretch hose technology is used to make stable, reliable mooring platforms for real-time data and communication from subsurface instrumentation.
Application: This system is currently deployed in the Boston Harbor shipping channel, tracking the sounds and movements of the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale, where the underwater acoustic sensors send a signal to the Coast Guard to slow down shipping traffic whenever a whale is present in the area.
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Underwater Optical Modem

Technology: High-speed, omni-directional underwater communication at 1-80 MBits/s over ranges of 1 to 200m using blue LED arrays and receivers.
Application: Diver to diver communications, covert, short range, underwater communications, well head high speed data retreival.
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Water Toxicity Biosensors

Technology: Swimming Behavior Spectrometer, observes changes in the swimming behavior of protozoa, detecting toxins in water samples in near real-time using automated digital imaging.
Application: Dangerous toxins are detected in order to protect clean drinking water sources.
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Groundwater Seepage Meter

Technology: An automated seepage meter that can detect and quantify groundwater outflow and seawater infiltration.  
Application: In addition to its capabilities in saltwater-influenced systems, the automated seepage meter can detect and quantify groundwater outflow and surface water infiltration in freshwater systems.
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Imaging FlowCytobot

Imaging FlowCytobot

Technology: A system that uses a combination of video and flow cytometric technology to both capture images of organisms for identification and measure chlorophyll fluorescence associated with each image.
Application: Real-time quantitation of species specific plankton concentrations with automated species determination.
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GCxGC for Hydrocarbon Samples

Technology: A method of estimating contamination of oil-based drilling mud filtrate in a hydrocarbon sample. 
Application: A filtered hydrocarbon sample contaminated with oil-based drilling mud can be analyzed using two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC).  The level of contamination of the sample with oil-based drilling mud can be determined by identifying one or more unique components or tracers in the sample and summing their peak volumes, and then comparing those to peak volumes of a clean hydrocarbon sample.
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