NOAA Selects New Cooperative Institute to Study Climate and North Atlantic Ecosystems

June 18, 2009

NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and National Marine Fisheries Service, have selected a consortium of five universities for the new Cooperative Institute for North Atlantic Region (CINAR). The institutions will join NOAA to conduct ocean and climate research to better understand the correlation between climate change and variability, fishing practices and fish populations, and to develop an integrated capability to research emerging issues from an ecosystem perspective.

Led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Mass., the consortium will include Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.; University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, Md.; University of Maine, Orono, Maine; and Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland, Maine. The group was selected through a competitive process.

“We are excited to welcome this consortium of groups which brings with it unique expertise to examine the effects of climate change on North Atlantic ecosystems,” said Richard Spinrad, NOAA assistant administrator for oceanic and atmospheric research. “Collaborating with the NOAA Fisheries and the selected universities, we can enhance northern region climate research and expand fisheries forecasting and science issues from an ecosystem perspective.”

Working closely with NOAA scientists, CINAR researchers will strive to:

NOAA supports cooperative institutes to promote research, education, training and outreach aligned with its mission. Cooperative institutes also coordinate resources among all non-government partners and promote the involvement of students and post-doctoral scientists in NOAA-funded research. This unique setting provides NOAA the benefit of working with complimentary capabilities of a research institution that contribute to NOAA-related sciences ranging from satellite climatology and fisheries biology to atmospheric chemistry and coastal ecology.

NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resource.