Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased with the grants to be distributed by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the University of Miami's Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) to conduct several research proposals. Ros-Lehtinen is a strong supporter and advocate for the environment, beaches, corals, and waters off Miami and the Florida Keys.
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration granted the following grants to CIMAS for the stated scientific research and development. Please note that these are federal funding proposals and don't necessarily reflect future federal funding, but NOAA has agreed with the necessity of the projects and they will fund them up until the below stated amounts:
* $154,958.00 to document the restoration of the Everglades and its impact on Biscayne Bay's shallowest Benthic habitats.
* $3,345,515 for research activities conducted on climate variability, fisheries dynamics, regional coastal ecosystem processes, human interaction with the environment, air sea interactions and exchanges and integrated ocean observations.
* $143,767 to better understand discrepancies between satellite observed simulated precipitation change in response to surface warming.
* $120,000 to study clouds, drizzle, turbulence, and boundary layer variability over the Eastern Pacific.
* $1,142,996 to fund the 2008-2010 work plan for stated research activities.
* $615,773 for a climate information system for agriculture and water resource management in the Southeastern US.
Ros-Lehtinen said, "I am very pleased with the grants and funding that NOAA will provide for the University of Miami's Marine and Atmospheric Studies program. These funds will be put to good use as they will help provide needed research on many important environmental themes that will benefit not only our generation, but future ones as well. It is also a great help for CIMAS at a time of shrinking state and local government budgets."