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Better Understanding of Phytoplankton in Ocean Carbon Cycle Informs Regional Climate Modelers

Accurate regional climate projections are vital for coastal planners, engineers, and communities which face an onslaught of impacts from climate change, including sea-level rise, changing precipitation patterns, and more intense weather extremes. Ocean processes, including carbon sequestration (long-term storage of atmospheric carbon to mitigate climate change), are a key piece of the puzzle. A Sea Grant-funded researcher harnessed a 28-year sediment data set to quantify the contribution of phytoplankton to deep ocean carbon export and to identify the types of phytoplankton that were exported. She worked with coastal ocean modelers to make this data useful for them and also learn how their modeling data could inform her results. The outreach conducted by the researcher resulted in interdisciplinary discussions and connections that may enable the results of this work to be integrated into future modeling studies. That could improve understanding of the carbon cycle in the California Current and lead to more accurate climate projections, which has broad usefulness for coastal planners and communities.

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Biden-Harris Administration invests $60 million to build a climate-ready workforce through Investing in America agenda

Today, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced $60 million in funding to help train and place people in jobs that advance a climate-ready workforce for coastal and Great Lakes states, Tribes and Territories as part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda under the Inflation Reduction Act. To date, awards like these from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda have created more than 270,000 jobs across the country.

The funding will support nine projects around the nation, with $50 million going directly to the projects and $10 million for technical assistance to support the grantees.

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Sea Grant Aquaculture Academy in New Hampshire

Sea Grant aquaculture professionals from across the country convened in Portsmouth, NH in early April for a 4-day intensive “Sea Grant Aquaculture Academy” hosted by New Hampshire Sea Grant with support from North Carolina Sea Grant.

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Sea Grant takes center stage in Oceanography special issue

NOAA Sea Grant-funded research and work with coastal and Great Lakes communities across the nation are being highlighted in a special issue of “Oceanography,” the official journal of The Oceanography Society. 

This special issue, published in April 2024, features 36 articles contributed by Sea Grant authors across 29 programs and the NOAA National Sea Grant Office. 

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