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NOAA ISSUES FIRST INSTALLMENT OF $2.5 MILLION GRANT TO UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA RESEARCH FOUNDATION TO STUDY COASTAL ECOSYSTEMS AND CLIMATE VARIABILITY
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
awarded the University of South Carolina Research Foundation a $499,837
grant to forecast the effects of climate variability on vulnerable
coastal ecosystems. This grant is the first of a five-year, $2.5 million
study from NOAA. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“This project supplements efforts to understand and forecast the effects of climate variability on ocean and coastal systems,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA recognizes the importance of these near-shore ecosystems and realizes that a first step in the protection and wise use of these environments is to identify vulnerable areas. NOAA and the Bush Administration are working to improve the understanding of our environment, and put that understanding into practice.”
This research will use satellite and ground-based data to project areas and species that should be most sensitive to environmental change related to climate change or ocean variability such as El Niño. Ten sites within NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System will serve as study areas. The National Estuarine Reserves are a network of protected areas established as a partnership between NOAA and coastal states for long-term research, education and stewardship.
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System was established by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, and is administered through the office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management within NOAA.
CSCOR/COP has awarded up to $30 million annually to academic, state, tribal and Federal partners to assist NOAA in the study of our coastal oceans. Research sponsored by the Coastal Ocean Program provides decision makers with reliable and timely scientific information. These research programs are critical to the NOAA mission of predicting environmental change, managing ocean resources and protecting life and property.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing public health and safety, and sound economic interests by researching and predicting weather and climate-related events and protecting our nation's coastal and marine resources. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.
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