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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is awarding a grant totaling $822,895 to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. NOAA is an agency of the Commerce Department.

The award will fund numerous programs and research efforts including: modeling ice thermodynamics and transport in the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain Atmospheric and Hydrodynamics Program, development and calibration of sediment transport model and spectral wave-current, boundary layer model with in situ measurement data, and fish recruitment and disruption due to invasive predator cladocerans: density and behaviorally mediated effects.

“NOAA and the Bush Administration are working to improve the understanding of our environment and to strengthen local and regional initiatives, such as those at the University of Michigan,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This grant will improve our understanding of natural processes that have an effect on ecosystems and human populations.”

Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific and business communities to assist the agency in fulfilling its mission 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. NOAA goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 33 years.

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