NASA SBIR 2018-I Solicitation

Proposal Summary

 18-1- S5.02-2653
 Earth Science Applied Research and Decision Support
SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Applied Geosolutions, LLC
87 Packers Falls Road
Durham , NH 03824-1537
(603) 868-2369

Principal Investigator (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Nathan Torbick
55 Main Street., Suite 125 Newmarket, NH 03857 - 1537
(603) 659-2392

Business Official (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
William Salas
55 Main Street., Suite 125 Newmarket, NH 03857 - 1537
(603) 292-5747
Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) :
Begin: 3
End: 5
Technical Abstract

The innovation of the Agricultural SOil Moisture and Irrigation Status (A·SOM·IS) platform is the development of operational and moderate resolution mapping and assessment of soil moisture, irrigation status (irrigated vs not), and crop water stress metrics at field scale for agricultural decision support tools. The platform focuses on utilization of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and blends SAR with Harmonized Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 (“HLS”) during Phase 1. During Phase 2 and forward, ASOMIS is geared at planned missions including Landsat-9, ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station), and NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR). This SBIR is directly relevant to NASA;

ASOMIS uses operational Earth Observations and multi-scale fusion techniques to map soil moisture, irrigation status, and crop water stress metrics at moderate resolution (<30m) or “field scale”. This is a huge gap in existing decision support tools and food security programs. Opportunities to leverage new operational Sentinel-1 C-band and planned L-band and P-band  SAR missions (NISAR, BIOMASS) and thermal observations (ECOTRESS) are a game changer. Further, the ability to fuse Harmonized Landsat-8 and Sentinel-2 (“HLS”) with MODIS / VIIRS for near daily monitoring of Evapotranspiration (ET) at moderate scale using cloud computing and robust fusion techniques has created an exciting concept for the agricultural community to advance field scale monitoring and assessment.

Potential NASA Applications

Drive models (LDAS)

Support NISAR and ECOSTRESS Missions

Support Applied Sciences

Support JPL and GSFC agenda

Supplement SMAP limitations

Helps bridge the gap of within existing Decision Support Tools with operational field scale metrics of soil moisture, irrigation status, and crop water stress

Potential Non-NASA Applications

Develops a direct pipeline between NASA and USDA programs ARS / SCAN / LTAR

Support FEWSNET, EOFSAC, GEOGLAM and food security programs

Builds on prior success and lineage with growing Public Private Partnerships

Improve food security

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