MetOcean Solutions part of Space Centre proposal

Centre for Space Science Technology shortlisted by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

MetOcean Solutions is part of a group of eight organisations who have joined forces to bid for funding to establish a Centre for Space Science Technology in New Zealand under the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE’s) Regional Research Institute initiative.

Also involved are Bodeker Scientific, AgResearch, Callaghan Innovation, Rocket Lab, University of Canterbury, University of Otago and WakeScience.

The MBIE initiative has a total funding of $65 million and aims to promote innovation in the regions.

The proposal focuses on the use of new space technology such as the use of miniature satellites, CubeSats, which are far cheaper to develop and launch than conventional satellites.

The research proposed include the collection of satellite data which can be used to improve agricultural output, fisheries, ocean management and hazard risks. MetOcean Solutions would be managing the ocean science component from their headquarters in New Plymouth.

A total of three proposals have been shortlisted, and MBIE is currently working with the organisations involved to refine the plans. A final decision regarding the funding will be made later in 2016.

Satellite data such as chlorophyll a can be helpful for managing the oceans and fisheries.

Satellite data such as chlorophyll a can be helpful for managing the oceans and fisheries.