Oregon State University says a new federal grant will allow it to expand its marine research program.
The money from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will total $37 million over the next five years and builds on OSU’s existing research programs.
Associate Professor Francis Chan said the ocean is a dynamic place, and there’s new research in motion on the effect of warming waters, as well as how the ocean could potentially be used to combat climate change.
“That’s going to take a lot of new science, and a lot of new knowledge," he said. "This award allows us to work hand-in-hand with NOAA to try to find the new science that’s going to allow us to do all of those things.”
According to OSU, one aspect of the grant is that NOAA considers the research programs to be a training ground for its potential future employees.