U-M awarded federal contract to help lead national estuary research program

August 18, 2014 6:04 PM

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U-M awarded federal contract to help lead national estuary research program

ANN ARBOR, MI, Aug. 18, 2014 -- The University of Michigan (U-M) Water Center has been awarded a five-year, $20-million cooperative-agreement contract to join the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in overseeing research at a nationwide network of 28 coastal reserves. Less than two years after it was launched, the U-M Water Center is extending its reach beyond the Upper Midwest to help coordinate, with NOAA, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System's (NERRS) collaborative science program.

The NERRS Science Collaborative supports water-quality monitoring and long-term research on the impacts of land-use change, pollution and habitat degradation in the context of climate change trends. The overarching goal is improved stewardship of these economically significant estuaries. The 28-site...

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