NASA has awarded $137 million to a team of research institutions – including CSU Monterey Bay – to study climate change and ecosystem processes over a 10-year period.
CSUMB’s share of the award is $32.4 million – the largest grant ever received by the university. It will support 20 full-time research scientists and five to 10 student researchers each year. Most of the scientists will work at NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field in Mountain View. Collaborations with campus-based faculty members will be developed as part of the research.
Projects will include wildfire and natural disaster monitoring, flood forecasting, crop yield predictions and fog detection. Scientists will apply satellite data to study environmental conditions and ecological processes that affect agriculture, public health and vector borne disease.