Navy lab searching for companies able to develop software for creating models of environmental sensor data

July 15, 2022
Models would be used for anti-submarine warfare (ASW), amphibious landings, mine and special warfare, sea bottom warfare, and mission planning.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Navy researchers are asking for industry's help in developing software to process and analyze data from ocean and atmospheric sensors to determine and predict conditions over the ocean, at the ocean's surface, and under the ocean from the surface to the sea floor.

Officials of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington issued a sources-sought notice (N00173-22-7300-RFI-SD) on Monday for the Ocean Dynamics and Prediction Engineering and Software Development project.

This project encompasses data collection from near-real time underwater sensors or via remote sensing at high resolution, and assimilating data into 3-D models and multi-horizon extended forecasts.

Overall the project seeks an improved understanding of the seabed geologic processes, and geospatial enablement of meteorology and oceanography (METOC) processes that lend themselves to new environmental models for nowcast/forecast systems.

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These systems will cover deep ocean basins, marginal and semi-enclosed seas, and coastal regions, including ocean tide and wave modeling and upper ocean processes, coupled air-ocean wave processes, coupled ocean/acoustic processes, geology, and seabed processes.

The Ocean Dynamics and Prediction Engineering and Software Development project seeks to use this advanced information for Navy missions such as anti-submarine warfare, search and rescue, amphibious landings, mine and special warfare, sea bottom warfare, and mission planning.

Ocean dynamics modeling will incorporate computational numerical techniques and data assimilation approaches, and encompasses data collection from near-real time in situ underwater sensors or via remote sensing at high resolution to assimilate this data into 3-D models and multi-horizon or extended forecasts.

NRL researchers need oceanography software and modeling support in remote sensing exploitation; sea surface temperature; ocean and atmosphere coupling and processes; regional ocean circulation; arctic sea ice; ocean acoustics; environmental impacts on sensors; marine geology, geophysics and geodetics with emphasis on understanding seabed geologic processes; geospatial analysis and visualization; and program management.

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NRL needs companies to develop high-quality data; generate numerical models, algorithms, test cases, and software. Companies chosen will use remote sensing data to determine sea surface temperatures; forecast arctic sea ice; model ocean acoustics throughout the water column; predict environmental impacts on sensors; conduct network-centric sensor analysis for mine warfare; understanding seabed geologic processes; perform geospatial analysis and visualization; conduct geospatial environmental analysis and visualization

The contractor will receive a one-year contract and four one-year options, and must hold a current top-secret facility clearance.

From companies interested in this project, NRL wants a company point of contact and his or her telephone number, business address, and e-mail address; business size and number of employees; DUNS and CAGE Code numbers; applicable PSC and NAICS codes; and a capabilities statement and relevant experience.

Companies interested should email this information no later than 8 Aug. 2022 to the NRL's Sonya Diaz de Leon at [email protected]. More information is online at

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