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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration granted $730,956 to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to fund part of the Gulf of Alaska ecosystem-monitoring program. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The Prince William Sound Science Center and the Exxon Valdes Oil Spill Trustee Council will collaborate to provide enhancements to a real-time monitoring and modeling system for Prince William Sound, Alaska. The money from this award will be used to create the Prince William Sound Observing System, which will deploy moored oceanographic buoys in the Hinchinbrook and Montague entrances to improve understanding of exchanges between Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska. The data collected will be used to develop a regional oceanographic model. In addition, the grant will be used to upgrade the capacity and reliability of data transmission from environmental sensors in the Prince William Sound.

“This NOAA grant will improve our monitoring and modeling capabilities in Prince William Sound to support maritime transportation and ecosystem management,” said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This grant allows the local government to manage its coastal resources while actively supporting efforts that reinforce NOAA’s and the Bush Administration’s commitment to the environment.”

The grant supports the developing global earth observation system being spearheaded by the U.S. By connecting many thousands of individual technological resources already demonstrating outstanding value in the U.S. and around the globe, the emerging system will, over the next decade, revolutionize our understanding of earth and how it works. Connecting the individual pieces will make 21st century technology as interrelated as the planet it observes, predicts, and protects -- and provide the sound science on which sound decision-making must be built.

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.

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