The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) Office has announced 11 new five-year, cooperative ocean observing agreements.
Those agreements support the continued growth, expansion, and modernization of the USA’s climate, coastal, ocean and Great Lakes observing capabilities. In the first year, NOAA will distribute US$41 million (~€33 million) to cover efforts along national and territorial waters and coasts.
According to Carl Gouldman, director of the IOOS Office:
“More than 40% of the U.S. population lives along the coast, and even more rely on the ocean, coast, and Great Lakes for their livelihoods, weather, and services every day. The IOOS Regional Associations link on-the-ground needs to our national system, ensuring its flexibility, responsiveness, and diversity while coordinating a network of regional coastal observing systems.”
The money will go to observing systems in Alaska, the Caribbean, central and northern California, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes and others.
For more info, check out the IOOS website.
(Image credit: Stephanie Moore/NOAA NW Fisheries Science Center)