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AWARDS MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO THE
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded $1,097,652 to the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium to fund research on the effects of development on marine ecosystems in the coastal regions of the southeastern United States. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The project, known as Urbanization in Southeastern Estuarine Systems research, will define, measure and model the impacts of urbanization on small, high-salinity estuaries primarily focused in the area adjoining South Carolina and Georgia along the Okatee River watershed. The project will characterize the impacts of multiple chemical and biological stresses from urbanization on estuaries and to develop scientifically valid models to assist in coastal land-management decisions.
will enable the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium to research and
compile information that will aid in the wise use of coastal resources,”
said retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary
of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “NOAA
and the Bush Administration are working to protect our resources through
local and regional initiatives like that of the South Carolina Department
Sea Grant Consortium.”
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 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. To learn more about NOAA, please visit http://www.noaa.gov.
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