HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii is expected to receive up to $ 210 million in federal funding over five years to lead a research institute to better conserve and manage the coastal and marine resources of the Hawaiian Islands and U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands.
The school has obtained the right to host the new Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research following an open and competitive assessment, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday.
The institute will replace the current Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, which has been operating at the university since 1977.
But this time, more than double the money will be available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which funded the old institute and will fund the new one.
The award comes with a potential for an additional five years if the university is successful.
NOAA said the new institute will conduct research aimed at understanding and predicting environmental changes in the Indo-Pacific region.
In a statement, US Senator Brian Schatz described the university as a recognized leader in climate and marine science in the region.
“NOAA’s investment in UH will help us better predict natural hazards such as hurricanes, high tides and tsunamis; protect the health of our oceans and fisheries in the face of climate change; and maintain the United States’ leadership role in ocean and terrestrial science in the region, “said Schatz, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The research will be carried out around eight themes: ecological forecasting, ecosystem monitoring, ecosystem management, protection and restoration of resources, oceanographic monitoring and forecasting, climatology and impacts, air-sea interactions, and tsunami and other long-lived ocean waves.