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 $571,648 to the Von Braun Center for science and innovation. This funding will be used for a collaborative research and development initiative focused on hurricane forecasting. Senator Shelby was instrumental in securing this funding.
“The 2008 Hurricane Season is now underway and we have already seen the potentially devastating effects these storms can have on America's coastline,” said Shelby. “We must continue to learn as much as possible about these storms so that we can be prepared when they descend on our coast. This funding will be used to develop one-of-a-kind technology capable of providing information on hurricane intensity and producing images of the ocean surface.”