Friday, September 11, 2009

New Funding for Oceanic Research

A new global research effort called the, "Ocean Observatories Initiative" is bringing funding to study ocean cylces, patterns and biological linkages in the Northwest. The project, spearheaded by the National Science Foundation and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership will bring more than $125 million to the University of Washington and $14 million to Oregon State for ocean climate and ecosystem research. Ocean conditions can be highly variable, salmon and steelhead acquire over 95% of their biomass in the marine environment and variation in ocean conditions play a large role in determining recruitment in Salmon populations. Little is known about how environmental patterns drive biological productivity or how climate change will likely affect the ocean climate and ecology. See more on the Columbia Basin Bulletin

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