NOAA awards grants to NGI
Published: September 23,2009
HANCOCK COUNTY — Two federal grants worth more than $8.5 million have been awarded to expand the scope of the Northern Gulf Institute (NGI), a research collaborative led by Mississippi State University (MSU).
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced that a $4.49-million grant has been issued to the Mississippi State University Research and Technology Corp. to help construct a NGI facility at the Stennis Space Center. Awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the building will facilitate greater collaboration between NGI and NOAA on oceanographic and atmospheric research.
Another NOAA grant totaling more than $4 million was also awarded to manage the NGI and conduct research at MSU and its partner universities—the University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, Florida State University and the Dauphin Island Sea Laboratory in Alabama.
NGI research, in part, looks at improving hurricane and river forecasts, mapping offshore fisheries habitat, understanding ecosystems, and increasing educational opportunities at all levels.
As a NOAA Cooperative Institute, NGI may use its new facility at the Stennis Space Center to expand its collaborations with such organizations as the National Data Buoy Center, National Marine Fisheries Service and National Weather Service.
In addition to the NGI grants, NOAA also approved a $3-million grant to MSU to continue its development of the Mississippi Digital Earth Model, a geographic information system to be comprised of seven base data layers.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Twang & Tourism: The Country Music Trail
Top Posts & Pages
- R.J. Allen ranked as fastest-growing company in Mississippi
- Tragedy for Jackson Prep: Football player Walker Wilbanks dies
- Officials set hunting dates for birds; expands dove season by 20 days
- Senate election ballot approved as McDaniel's challenge continues
- Judge moves McDaniel's lawsuit challenging loss to Cochran
- DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi needs one university
- TECH 21 — Mississippi's most wanted in technology
- Inspectors find 'hot work' was cause of fatal explosion at fish plant
- Ground broken for new Hattiesburg Clinic facility