ANN ARBOR—A collaborative, multisector team, led by the University of Michigan’s Water Center at the Graham Sustainability Institute and its School for Environment and Sustainability, has been awarded a five-year, $20 million cooperative agreement to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in overseeing research at a nationwide network of 29 coastal reserves.

Other team members include the Aspen Global Change Institute, a Colorado-based environmental reserach nonprofit; Anderson Smith Consulting, an Atlanta, Ga. engineering research firm; Virginia Sea Grant, a seven-university water resources research consortium; the Ann Arbor-based engineering firm LimnoTech; and Susanne Moser Research and Consulting, a Santa Cruz, Calif.-based social science research firm.

Initially selected five years ago to help coordinate the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative program with NOAA, the team renewed its tenure through a recent national competition. The NERRS Centralized Data Management Office, at the University of South Carolina, provides data management support for the reserve system and is an ex officio member of the team.

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