U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has announced that the UMass campus has been chosen to lead a consortium of seven universities and host a major new center, the Northeast Climate Science Center through a five-year, $7.5 million grant. It will support federal, state and other agencies by studying the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in the region. The campus will receive $1.5 million core funding each year for five years, with more project-specific funds available. The Northeast CSC is one of eight established by the Interior department since Salazar founded the program in 2009. The region includes New England and states west to Minnesota and south to Maryland. The designation positions the university for a future leadership role in regional and national climate research. The Principal investigator of the new CSC is Richard Palmer, head of civil and environmental engineering, with co-principal investigators Curt Griffin, Keith Nislow and Raymond Bradley leading the team.

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