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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration granted $2,436,521 to San Jose State University to continue funding of the state’s Center for Integrative Coastal Ocean Research and Education program, a multi-university outreach intiative. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
CICORE is a combined program of research, education and public outreach by a number of California State University campuses that address California’s coastal regulatory and management issues to ensure sustainable use of the coastal zone. The participating state universities are San Jose State University; California State Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo; California State University Monterey Bay; San Francisco State University/Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies; Humboldt State University and the Florida Environmental Research Institute. CICORE promotes three core technologies to develop an integrated coastal monitoring observatory focused on the critical region from shore to a 100-meter depth in the ocean. In situ monitoring at fixed locations provides a statewide observatory of water quality parameters. High-resolution images of seafloor depth and habitat mapping of shallow water seafloor and coastal environments improve resource management in vital coastal and wetlands areas. In addition to serving the state’s needs, CICORE is integrated with other local, regional and national observatory programs to help satisfy the mandate of the U.S. Integrated and Sustained Ocean Observing System.
“I am proud to have helped secure this funding to support CI-CORE's work to provide critical environmental data to federal, state and local agencies responsible for coastal management,” said House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi. “The California Coastline is one of our country's most spectacular natural treasures, and we must protect it.”
“This program will help ensure that California’s coastal areas are a large part of the national system that monitors changes in our oceans,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “It is through efforts like those of CICORE that NOAA and the Bush Administration help improve our understanding of the marine environment.”
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’s goals and programs reflect a commitment to these basic responsibilities of science and service to the nation for the past 34 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.
**Editor’s Note - An audio clip of the NOAA Administrator discussing this grant award is available on the Web site: http://www.noaa.gov/lautenbacher/audio/sjsu.mp3.
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