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NSF announces funding for Alaska Region Research Vessel
Date:5/27/2009

rise and climate change and the effects of both on the coastal and arctic ecosystems. The vessel will be designed to serve scientists in different disciplines, such as those in fisheries, geology, marine biology, meteorology and oceanography.

Research in this region is particularly important because of the high productivity of Alaska's continental shelves and the livelihood of thousands of Alaskans directly connected with the health of Alaska's fisheries.

"The ARRV will greatly expand the nation's capability to understand the nature of climate change at high latitudes and how the marine environment and its important fisheries resources are affected," said Buck Sharpton, vice chancellor for research at UAF.

According to UAF's proposal, the ship will be headquartered out of the Seward Marine Center. The vessel's size will require the university to build a new, all-weather dock and additional support facilities at the marine center.

The Alaska Region Research Vessel was designed in 2004 by The Glosten Associates, a group of marine architects located in Seattle. It was developed as a replacement for the R/V Alpha Helix, a 133-foot research vessel that was built in 1966 and retired and sold in 2007.


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Contact: Carin Stephens
stephens@sfos.uaf.edu
907-322-8730
University of Alaska Fairbanks
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