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NOAA selects University of Miami to lead major southeastern US cooperative institute
Date:6/1/2010

MIAMI June 1, 2010 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today announced its selection of the University of Miami (UM) to continue to lead its partnership with the Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS).

NOAA and UM scientists have worked together through CIMAS since 1977 to improve our understanding of climate, hurricanes, and marine ecosystems along the southeastern U.S. coast. NOAA selected the university's Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science to continue this federal/academic partnership through a competitive application process. In the present fiscal year CIMAS funding to UM is nearly $13 million dollars. Total funding over the coming five years will be based on the number of projects NOAA funds to take advantage of the exciting new research and education capabilities of the expanded CIMAS. CIMAS will be eligible for up to five additional years of funding based upon rigorous review in year four, projected NOAA requirements and the availability of funding.

"The University of Miami is a valued research partner with unique capabilities in the southeastern United States," said Steve Murawski, Ph.D., acting chairman of the NOAA Research Council. "We are very pleased to renew our partnership with the university, and to expand CIMAS with the inclusion of eight new schools."

New university partners in CIMAS include: Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, University of Puerto Rico, University of Florida, University of South Florida and University of the Virgin Islands.

Research projects funded through CIMAS will focus upon:

  • collecting and analyzing data to improve our understanding of geophysical, chemical, and biological processes along coasts in the southeastern United States;
  • improving our understanding of ocean and atmospheric processes associated with climate c
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Contact: Barbra Gonzalez, UM Rosenstiel School
barbgo@rsmas.miami.edu
305-421-4704
University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science
Source:Eurekalert

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