NASA SBIR 2012 Solicitation

FORM B - PROPOSAL SUMMARY


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 12-1 S5.02-9147
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Earth Science Applied Research and Decision Support
PROPOSAL TITLE: Building a Rice Decision Support System to Support Global Food Security and Commodity Markets

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Applied Geosolutions, LLC
87 Packers Falls Road
Durham, NH 03824 - 4318
(603) 292-5747

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
william salas
wsalas@agsemail.com
403 Kent Place
NEWMARKET, NH 03857 - 1537
(603) 292-5747

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
william salas
wsalas@agsemail.com
403 Kent Place
NEWMARKET, NH 03857 - 1537
(603) 292-5747

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 3
End: 5

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Earth Science Applied Research and Decision Support is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?
No

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
Rice is an important crop globally that influences food security and the Earth system. Rice is the predominant food staple in many regions with approximately 700 million tons of production annually across the globe. Rice is sensitive to a variety of drivers that can adversely impact production and efficiency including weather variability and inter-seasonal volatility, water resources, and risk management decisions (e.g., pests). Futures are a tool used to manage or hedge risk, reduce volatility, improve food security, and maximize efficiency and profit on the open market. Currently, the rice futures market has little high quality and timely information available to make strategic or application specific decisions to reduce risk and maximize profit. The global rice futures market is thinly traded causing extreme price fluctuation orders of magnitude. This innovation gap has created an opportunity to build an operational Rice Decision Support System to support the rice futures market. The overarching goal of this NASA Phase I SBIR is to evaluate the feasibility of a Rice Decision Support System (RiceDSS) to Support Global Food Security and Commodity Markets. RiceDSS brings together operational remotely sensed mapping of rice, crop production modeling, and weather forecasts to seamlessly generate near real time information on rice extent, growth stages, yield forecasts and statistical uncertainty. RiceDSS uses state-of-the-art web-GIS and mobile technologies to support visualization and delivery of information to futures markets and food security programs.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This effort will support futures market and NASA early warning systems (e.g., FEWSnet), the GEO-GLAM program, index insurance programs, and climate change science.

Anticipated Direct Results:
? Platform for supporting rice futures markets
? Operational, near real-time rice mapping products
? Operational, near real-time rice yield forecasts with quantified uncertainties
? Platform for supporting rice index insurance markets
? Agricultural monitoring to support food security and risk management

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
This effort will support futures market and NASA early warning systems (e.g., FEWSnet), the GEO-GLAM program, index insurance programs, and climate change science.

Anticipated Direct Results:
? Platform for supporting rice futures markets
? Operational, near real-time rice mapping products
? Operational, near real-time rice yield forecasts with quantified uncertainties
? Platform for supporting rice index insurance markets
? Agricultural monitoring to support food security and risk management

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Data Fusion
Image Analysis
Image Processing
Operating Systems


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