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UH receives funding for coral reef research

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Collecting seawater and suspended food sources available to coral reefs.

Researchers at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and Department of Oceanography have been awarded over $1 million to assess technology used in the observation of aquatic ecosystems, according to a UH news release.

The grant was awarded for the national collaboration of HIMB and Department of Oceanography with other institutions, called the Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) for the development of technology for the observation of coastal ecosystems.

“Through ACT, our goal is to assess technology that enables a holistic understanding of coastal environments, including chemical, physical and biological characteristics” Margaret McManus, Oceanography and a principal investigator at UHM for ACT, said in the news release. “The results of ACT testing will be used nationally and internationally. This grant also allows us to strengthen our partnerships locally with HIMB and PacIOOS.”

This month, laboratory and field testing for nutrient sensors will be held on the site of HIMB.