The US Commerce Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Friday $1 million in funding to improve Arctic climate data collection.
In a statement, US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said the US Arctic region – which includes the state of Alaska – is warming faster than any other region in the United States and calls for immediate action.
He said the new funding — part of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, which includes money for clean energy development — will provide “data and tools that can build climate resilience and strengthen our economy and national security.”
The $1 million fund will be used to solicit grant ideas from institutions of higher education, other nonprofits or commercial organizations to help improve climate and data collection, with a focus on Alaskan communities. .
In the same statement, NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad said, the call for grant proposals is designed to collect data and help rural and Native communities in Alaska.
“Providing communities with environmental information that allows them to make informed decisions in the face of a changing climate is the foundation for creating a climate-resilient nation,” said he.
The latest NOAA National Climate Assessment shows that Alaska is warming at a rate two to three times faster than the lower 48 states, and the Arctic as a whole is warming nearly four times. which is faster than other global averages.