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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced a grant of $1,390,400 to the University of New Hampshire for atmospheric research. NOAA is an agency of the Commerce Department.

The grant will focus on in-situ observations that will provide detailed characterization of physical and chemical properties of the Earth’s atmosphere. The university will help develop low-cost, well-instrumented autonomous platforms for detailed characterization of physical and chemical properties of the Earth’s atmosphere. The university’s Office of Sponsored Research will administer the grant.

"New Hampshire takes great pride in its record of environmental stewardship, and an important part of that record is found in University of New Hampshire's active role in the development of technology to further the understanding or our Earth's atmosphere. NOAA resources will play a tremendous role in reinforcing this work," said Senator John Sununu.

"Over the years, the University of New Hampshire has made significant contributions to our understanding of the Earth's atmosphere and the environment. This funding will further allow UNH to continue its long-standing tradition of important scientific research, and enables New Hampshire to become a leader in the field of atmospheric conditions research," said First District Congressman Jeb Bradley.

“We are constantly working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen local and regional initiatives, such as the University of New Hampshire’s atmospheric research,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “These grants help to provide new bodies of knowledge and actively supports efforts that reinforce NOAA’s and the Bush Administration’s commitment to the environment.”

In fiscal year 2003, NOAA has awarded more than 475 grants totaling $204.2 million to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission of studying 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. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for 33 years.

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