Ohio Sea Grant
The Ohio Sea Grant College Program funds a broad range of research projects in various areas including aquaculture, aquatic ecology & dead zone, aquatic invasive species and zebra mussels, biotechnology, coastal & open-water engineering, economic impact, education, fish & fisheries, geographic information systems, global change, marine recreation, tourism & boating, natural history, outreach, pollution, social/political/legal, and wetlands. Research proposals are solicited from every college and university in Ohio. Using a competitive review process, Ohio Sea Grant has awarded grants to investigators at 12 Ohio colleges and universities, and supports approximately 40 graduate students annually. The Ohio Sea Grant College Program and the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network work to be the premier education and outreach program for the entire region by assisting with the dissemination of research results from Great Lakes Ecosystem Research Lab, U.S. and state Environmental Protection Agencies, U.S. Geological Survey, etc., and by bringing the needs of the public to the attention of these programs.
The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) works to create and maintain healthy coastal environments and economies. The Sea Grant network includes 32 programs based at top universities in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The programs of the Sea Grant network work together to help citizens understand, conserve and better utilize America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources. One of four national strategic priorities through 2013 is to improve the resilience of coastal communities to hazards, including the effects of climate change. NOAA Sea Grant plays local and national roles to inform policy and management, help communities prepare for climate impacts, and support economic resilience and opportunity. See the National Sea Grant College Program organization entry for more information.