NOAA Announces Funding to Support Ocean Observing in Southern California

September 25, 2009

NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) is awarding $1.7 million in competitive grant funding to support ocean observing efforts in Southern California.

Three grants will go to the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS), located at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. The funds will help maintain and enhance ocean and coastal observations in the region, provide easier access to local data, and identify and prioritize future needs. They will also improve environmental monitoring of severe weather, natural hazards, and other emergencies to better inform decision makers.

An additional grant was awarded to Arthur Miller at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Collaborating with the NOAA fisheries and academic scientists, Miller will use ocean data assimilation techniques to incorporate environmental variability into sardine and squid assessments. 

To extend its reach across California, SCCOOS coordinates its activities through the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System and California state agencies including the State Coastal Conservancy.

SCCOOS is one recipient in a series of nationwide IOOS grant funded projects, totaling $21 million this year. The aim of this project is to maintain and enhance ocean and coastal observation in the region, making data easier to access and giving planners and policymakers the information needed to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect the environment.  Data from each region will also be available to researchers throughout the country via the national IOOS.

"This award represents NOAA’s commitment to implementing the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation Act of 2009, which recognizes the IOOS regional systems as key components of the national effort," said Zdenka Willis, NOAA IOOS program director. “These projects are crafted to meet local customer needs while also contributing to the success of the national effort.”

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