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UH Mānoa Receives $3M in Federal Funding to Collect Ocean Forecast Data

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa received $3.08 million in federal funding to manage coastal and ocean forecast data.

The Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) within UH Mānoa is working on a five-year project with the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to collect ocean and coastal forecasting data.

The project will help make short-term and long-term predictions about the ocean and coastline, and give more geographical knowledge about the Pacific Islands region.

This is especially helpful for island communities that are directly affected by waters changing due to climate change.

Besides collecting data for forecasts, scientists who work with PacIOOS are looking into coastal resilience and climate adaptation plans for Hawaiʻi.

Since 2007, PacIOOS has expanded from a pilot project focused on Hawaiʻi to a regional system that includes the U.S. territories, Freely Associated States and Minor Outlying Islands.

Zoe Dym was a news producer at Hawaiʻi Public Radio.
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