NASA distributes $ 6.6 million to numerous institutions serving minorities for ocean research
By NASA // June 22, 2021
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(NASA) – NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project on Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry, or OCEAN, has awarded cooperation agreements to 10 universities for projects that will support the Mission Directorate NASA scientist in the search for a better understanding of the role of the ocean in the Earth system.
Over $ 6.6 million will be distributed to these institutions over a three-year performance period.
The beneficiary institutions and their proposed projects are:
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
Improving the coastal carbon balance: is CDOM derived from sediments (colored dissolved organic matter) an important part of CDOM in coastal areas?
This proposal aims to quantify the contribution of organic carbon from different sources as potentially important components of regional carbon budgets in the hypoxia region of the Gulf of Mexico off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana.
North West Indian College Foundation, Bellingham, Washington
Integration of systems and remote sensing models to explore the vulnerability of aquatic ecosystems to global change in Lake Huron
The project proposes to demonstrate that the California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping (C-HARM) model, currently used to predict toxigenic events of phytoplankton and domoic acid in the southern and central California current system, can predict conditions algae harmful to the Pacific Northwest.
Texas State University, San Marcos
Extension of the California Harmful Algae Risk Mapping (C-HARM) domoic acid model to the Pacific Northwest
This multi-institutional project will combine remote sensing data products with landscape hydrology and wetland ecosystem models to assess changes in aquatic ecosystems around Lake Huron in response to nutrient loading pressures, invasive vegetation and water level changes over a 30-year period.
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez
Remote sensing of sargassum accumulation and impacts on tropical marine ecosystems: a multi-scale approach
The proposed research focuses on the impacts of Sargassum blooms on fringing red mangroves and benthic habitats, particularly coral reefs and seagrass beds, along the coastline of Puerto Rico on seasonal and multi-year time scales.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Improve ocean color remote sensing tools to better constrain fisheries forecasting models in a critical subarctic system
This project aims to integrate shipboard observations with ocean color remote sensing data to analyze climate-induced variability at the base of the marine food chain and the potential impacts of these changes on fish stocks. of stock and salmon.
University of California, Irvine
Linking genomic and remote sensing observations to quantify the physiological dynamics of nutrient stress in ocean ecosystems
The proponents developed a new metagenomic method to detect the type and severity of nutrient stress in different ocean regions. Using this approach, they will attempt to link genomic nutrient stress biomarkers with a diagnostic satellite remote sensing data tool to be developed that will indicate regional phytoplankton physiological status and community composition.
University of California, Merced
Impacts of forest fires on watersheds Carbon transport to the coasts
This project aims to quantify how wildfires alter the fluxes of organic carbon particles and sediment to the California coast, and how these fluxes affect the distribution and productivity of coastal kelp forests as well as the California Current system for the 2000-2020 study period.
Systems at the University of Hawaii, Hilo
Quantification of vulnerability to sea level rise in several coastal typologies
The proposal aims to address the impact of climate change, in particular sea level rise and coastal flooding, on land / ocean interfaces and coastal ecosystems such as corals and reefs.
The project uses the Big Island of Hawaii as a case study of how the vulnerability of aquatic, intertidal, and coastal ecosystems will accelerate when sea level rise exceeds a critical point of elevation.
University of Massachusetts, Boston
Using hyperspectral imagery to assess the effects of warming on New England kelp forests
The proposed project focuses on studying the effects of global warming on the kelp forest off the coast of New England using a combination of hyper and multispectral imagery, diver sightings, bathymetric data and climate models to predict kelp abundance. .
University of the Virgin Islands, Charlotte Amalie
Climate Change and the Effects of Golden Tides on the Sustainability of Caribbean Coastlines – Multiscale Predictions for an Emerging Complex Biological Problem
The proposed study aims to measure the impacts of golden tides on coastal habitats and biodiversity around the US Virgin Islands and to determine the nutrients released by its decomposition.
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