NOAA funds OSU, partners in climate consortium

Oregon State University announced Wednesday a five-year, $3.5 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fund a regional consortium for climate change research aimed at helping businesses and government officials make better decisions.

The grant will establish the Pacific Northwest Climate Decision Support Consortium โ€“ one of six new regional programs funded by NOAA.

Oregon State researchers will work with colleagues from the University of Oregon, Boise State University, University of Idaho, and University of Washington โ€“ as well as the extension programs from Oregon, Washington and Idaho โ€“ to focus on climate assessment.

The target customers for the research are businesses and government agencies.

"This new consortium will advance the ability of agencies and businesses to envision future climate and to make sound business decisions and resource management decisions based on scientific assessments," said Philip Mote professor of atmospheric sciences at OSU in a news release.

Mote is director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, and will lead the new consortium along with Denise Lach, an OSU professor of sociology.

The funding for the consortium begins in this fall, resulting in the hire of a full-time climate specialist. The consortium also will employ at least two post-doctoral researchers to work with university faculty.

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