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The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins.

The CIRA grant will be used to continue its research collaborations with NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and its National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service.

“Through our cooperative institutes and joint programs the Bush Administration and NOAA promote collaborative work between academic and the agency's researchers,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This partnership effort enables dozens of outstanding scientists to work cooperatively with our agency on research to improve our understanding of the interaction between the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. NOAA is proud to make this award to the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere at CSU.”

A dozen specific projects have been identified for funding, including the examination of linkages between the Northwest Mexican monsoon and Great Plains precipitation, the role of stratocumulus clouds in modifying pollution plumes transported in the North American continent, advanced environmental satellite research support, research to improve tropical cyclone intensity analyses and predictions using satellite data, and monitoring and modeling isotopic exchange between the atmosphere and the terrestrial biosphere.

CIRA is a cooperative institute between NOAA and Colorado State University. The Institute conducts research in applied cloud physics, local weather forecasting, global climate dynamics, satellite observations, numerical modeling, and air quality. NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS) Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Lab has co-located programs and personnel with CIRA. Forty university researchers, postdocs, graduate students and staff are supported in CIRA.

NOAA will award over $800 million in grants during 2002 to members of the academic, scientific, and business communities to assist the agency fulfill its mission which is to study the Earth’s natural systems in order to predict environmental change, manage ocean resources, protect life and property, and provide decision makers with reliable scientific information. Our goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for 32 years. NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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