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MORE THAN $700,000 TO THE
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced a $787,138 grant to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to support the NOAA Undersea Research Program. The NURP performs research and analysis in the waters of the Southeastern United States as well as the Gulf of Mexico.
grant supports the NURP Center at the University of North Carolina
at Wilmington, which uses scientists from all over the world to complete
more than forty projects each year. Projects this year will focus
on assessing the status and risk posed by the invasive Indo-Pacific
lionfish in North Carolina hardbottom communities, and conducting
missions to study bleaching and mortality in barrel sponges. The program
will also assess the threats to a species of corals recently proposed
to be added to the Endangered
Species List. Acropora palmate, found in the Florida Keys, is
the first coral species ever to be proposed to the list.
The NOAA Underwater Research Center’s mission is to provide service to NOAA as a model extramural science program that provides knowledge required for the wise use of the nation's marine environment and resources. NURC programs aim to provide undersea technology to scientists for studies of the nation's Exclusive Economic Zone, address regional and national science needs by directing research towards the most relevant problems facing the marine environment and enhance public awareness of the problems and solutions facing our coastal oceans and resources.
Each year, NOAA awards approximately $900 million in grants to members of the academic, scientific, education, 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 35 years.
NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, 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.