The U.S. Invests $1M in Arctic Climate Data Research


This 2018 photo from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows the U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy in the Chukchi Sea of the Arctic Ocean. 

The U.S. Commerce Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on 8 December $1 million in funding to improve the collection of Arctic climate data.

In a statement, U.S. Commerce Secretary said the U.S. Arctic region — which consists of the state of Alaska — is warming faster than any region in the United States and demands immediate action.

The new funding is part of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, which includes money for clean energy development.

The $1 million in funding will be used to solicit grant ideas from institutions of higher education, other nonprofits or commercial organisations to help improve climate and data collection, with a focus on Alaskan communities.

Besides, NOAA Administrator stated the call for grant proposals is designed to both gather data and help Alaskan rural and Indigenous communities.

Providing communities with environmental information that allows them to make informed decisions in the face of a changing climate is the foundation of creating a more climate-resilient nation, he said.

Source: VOA News