NSF, NIFA Announce $25M Water Sustainability, Climate Research Grants; Sonny Ramaswamy Comments

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Sonny-RamaswamyThe National Science Foundation and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture have awarded research grants worth $25 million combined for water sustainability and quality studies.

Researchers will work to understand the link between the Earth’s water system and climate change through the third set of the Water Sustainability and Climate program awards, NSF said Friday.

“These grants are critically important to our understanding of how the water system is affected by external factors, which ultimately helps farmers and rural communities prepare for future challenges,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, director of NIFA.

The first category of the program, funded by the NSF and NIFA, are for studies on watersheds and groundwater sites using synthesis, modeling, integration and assessment methods.

NSF will also finance the second category that involves place-based modeling research and both the NSF and NIFA will fund projects to integrate and synthesize data across watershed and groundwater locations.