In a first-of-its-kind move, the Washington state legislature has provided the UW with $1.82 million and tasked it with creating a center for coordinating research on ocean acidification and its effects on local biology, according to an article published last week in UW Today. The Center on Ocean Acidification will work with other agencies and universities to respond to a set of actions recommended by the legislature.
The center will be co-directed by Jan Newton, of the Applied Physics Lab, Terrie Klinger of the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs. The two bring together leadership and expertise, including Newton’s role as Executive Director of the Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS, http://www.nanoos.org/about_nanoos/intro.php), and Klinger’s role as director of the IGERT Program on Ocean Change at the University of Washington(depts.washington.edu/igertpoc/). The IGERT provides traineeship opportunities for doctoral students from all disciplines who are pursuing research in interdisciplinary issues related to ocean change.
For more information on the center, and Washington state’s interest in addressing ocean acidification, read the article in UW Today (08/08/2013) linked below.