Chesapeake Bay SMART Bay ARC

Greetings enthusiast,

I hope to find you all well. It has been some time.

I and a small team of like minded individuals are putting together an outreach initiative(s) here in the Chesapeake Bay area and we need help!

I started an initiative recently, SMART Bay ARC (Strategic Mobilization of Autonomous Research technologies for Chesapeake Bay Assessment, Restoration and Conservation), that I have been tailoring as an education outreach and technology demonstration program for citizen scientists and students. Teaming with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and others, this pilot program intends to

  1. Engender community engagement in the Bay area, (the entire water shed included…it’s big, look it up) by using novel unmanned and autonomous systems technologies for assessment and monitoring.
  2. Inject key transformational technology prototypes and products for next gen data gathering missions in hopes of interfacing with IOOS, CBIBS, VECOS, etc…(I’m not defining them in order to encourage you to look them up)
  3. Educate and infuse aerial and marine technologies for the betterment of local community conservationists, enhance economic workforce (land/marine agriculture, fisheries) and to inform policy.
  4. Have a hell of a lot of fun.

Anyone that lives around the Chesapeake Bay watershed, or anyone who just wants to help, please contact me and I can give you the full review of the project, goals and higher arching strategy.

We have set up a page in OpenExplorer, and will be first utilizing the BlueROV and Trident vehicles to get the program moving. More to come…

Thanks again, and be seeing you under the water!

Jim N.

Hi Jim,

Sounds like a great project! I wish we were closer so that we could support it better! Let us know if we can help with anything. Hopefully you can gain some local connections on here.


Thanks Rusty, we will certainly keep everyone in the loop with this. Looking to start this marine tech outreach middle to late this year!