U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, today announced that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded $505,136 to the University of South Alabama Center for Hurricane Intensity and Landfall Research.
“The upcoming hurricane season reminds us all of how vulnerable Alabama’s coastal communities are to hurricanes and tropical storms,” said Shelby. “We must ensure that our Gulf Coast residents have access to information that will help them adequately prepare for tropical events. The USA Center for Hurricane Intensity and Landfall Research will collect critical data for forecasters who help prepare our communities for this type of severe weather.”
The University of South Alabama will use this grant for its Coastal and Inland Hurricane Monitoring and Prediction Program and the Coastal Weather Monitoring for Catastrophic Events Program. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing funding for these programs in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008.