(TNS) -- University of Hawaii researchers have been awarded more than $1 million to test and evaluate technology used to observe aquatic ecosystems, the university announced.
The funding for scientists at UH’s Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology and Department of Oceanography comes through the Alliance for Coastal Technologies, a national collaborative effort administered by the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The researchers will help ensure that sensors and instrumentation used to measure nutrients in the ocean are fully operational.
HIMB’s Coconut Island facility will host extensive laboratory and field testing of nutrient sensors, which will allow international developers to assess and improve components, configurations and designs, according to a UH release.
“HIMB is uniquely situated and equipped to facilitate the rapid test and comparison of new technologies for observation of coastal ecosystems, activities that underpin decisions with national relevance,” HIMB director Ruth Gates said.
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