Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Over $1.7 Million For Rutgers Ocean Research

Menendez, Lautenberg Announce Over $1.7 Million For Rutgers Ocean Research

Grant Will Help Rutgers Conduct Ocean Research On Environment, Economy, Safety Impacts On Mid-Atlantic

Washington - U.S. Sens. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced that the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded $1,786,000 in federal funding to Rutgers University for coastal ocean observation in the Mid-Atlantic.

"This funding will help ensure that Rutgers continues to lead in researching the environmental conditions, economic benefits and safety of our coastlines and coastal communities," Lautenberg said. "Our ocean is a treasure, and the devastating impact the Gulf Coast oil spill has had on the ecosystem underscores the need to manage and monitor our coastline. This grant will provide Rutgers with valuable resources that will support regional fisheries and help protect New Jersey's coastline. "

"Through this investment, Rutgers researchers will help protect our coastal communities and the economy that our coastal waterways support," said Menendez. "The oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has once against reminded us of the importance of our own coastline here in New Jersey, and it is through programs like this that we will keep the Jersey Shore thriving."

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARCOOS) is a joint effort of 20 academic, governmental and private institutions, led by Rutgers, that seeks to generate quality controlled and sustained ocean observation and forecast information for the Mid-Atlantic region.

This grant helps Rutgers operate MARCOOS, which focuses on delivering real-time information to improve safety at sea, search and rescue, and ecosystem-based management of fisheries on the Mid-Atlantic Bight. MARCOOS has established two primary sets of observing assets: an operational array of current radars covering the entire Mid-Atlantic Bight and a set of ocean forecast models based on data from a fleet of ocean gliders and satellite sensors. Using regionally distributed scientific and operational expertise to coordinate data, MARCOOS will generate and disseminate real-time data, nowcasts and forecasts of the Mid-Atlantic coastal ocean.