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NOAA, along with a consortium of universities and institutions, today announced the creation of a new cooperative institute. The new Northern Gulf Institute will collaborate with NOAA scientists to study regional issues associated with coastal hazards, climate change, water quality, ecosystem management, coastal wetlands, and pollution.
“This institute begins a new paradigm of long-term collaboration to develop and sustain research, education, and outreach capabilities focusing on the needs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico region,” said Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.), under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “This will benefit the residents of the region and also support NOAA’s participation in the President’s U.S. Ocean Action Plan, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, and the Gulf Coastal Ocean Observing System.”
“This consortium of universities will work with NOAA to provide expertise in research and to take advantage of the world class scientific capabilities of the Stennis Space Center,” said Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). “The Northern Gulf of Mexico has critical ecosystem needs that will be addressed by this Cooperative Institute.”
The consortium of universities and institutions includes Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Florida State University, and Alabama’s Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The new institute will conduct research under four themes: climate change and climate variability effects on regional ecosystems; coastal hazards; ecosystem management; and geospatial data integration and visualization in environmental science. Research conducted by the new institute also is expected to support the national Integrated Ocean Observing System through the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System.
Most scientists associated with the institute will be located at Stennis Space Center, Miss. Other Institute researchers will be located on the campus of the consortium member institutions and NOAA facilities throughout the region.
Cooperative Institute will be conducting research that addresses some
of the more pressing issues facing our region including coastal ecosystem
protection, hurricane forecasting, and management practices to
The Northern Gulf Institute joins 20 other NOAA cooperative institutes across the country. These institutes are NOAA-supported, non-federal organizations that have established an outstanding research program in one or more areas that are relevant to NOAA’s mission. The CI collaborates with NOAA scientists on long-term research topics and provides significant coordination of resources among all non-government partners and promotes the involvement of students and postdoctoral scientists in NOAA-funded research.
In 2007 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, celebrates 200 years of science and service to the nation. From the establishment of the Survey of the Coast in 1807 by Thomas Jefferson to the formation of the Weather Bureau and the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in the 1870s, much of America's scientific heritage is rooted in NOAA.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 60 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects.
On the Web:
Northern Gulf Institute: http://www.gri.msstate.edu/ngi
Cooperative Institutes: http://www.nrc.noaa.gov/ci