NOAA Project Leadership to Remain Static

SEATTLE, June 9 (UPI) — U.S. officials announced Wednesday the University of Washington will continue to lead a federal-academic research partnership involving marine concerns.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it chose the university to continue leading the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean. NOAA and the university have worked on the project since 1977. The renewal of the partnership followed a competitive application process, officials said.

NOAA officials said the research involves tsunamis, ocean acidification, marine ecosystems and fisheries, climate change and other marine issues affecting millions of people in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

“The University of Washington has proven to be a strong and innovative research partner,” said Steve Murawski, acting chairman of the NOAA Research Council, which oversees all NOAA cooperative institutes. “JISAO research is at the forefront of science on climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries assessments and tsunami forecasting. We are very pleased to continue our collaborations through this cooperative institute.”

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