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Funding according to the administration will be directed to the Great Lakes Observing System, where Interim Executive Director Roger Gauthier of the Great Lakes Commission will oversee the continued development and associated management of regional marine observations. The aim, the administration said, is to make regional data easier to access and use, identify and prioritize future regional needs for ocean information, and monitor environmental conditions so decision-makers can minimize the impact of severe weather, natural hazards, and other emergencies.
"Regional partnerships are critical to the success of a national Integrated Ocean Observing System," said Zdenka Willis, NOAA IOOS program director. "With increased understanding of our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes comes an increased ability to keep our nation safe, our economy secure, and our environment healthy and productive."
The Great Lakes region is one recipient in an anticipated series of IOOS grants across the nation this year, totaling $20.4M. These grants will support the continuation of 17 multi-year projects awarded in 2007, as well as new efforts in 2008.