GMRI gets $500,000 federal grant

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PORTLAND — The Gulf of Maine Research Institute will be creating new digital learning opportunities about sea level rise after receiving a $500,000 grant.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Environmental Literacy Grant was announced Sept. 22 by U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine.

The Institute, at 350 Commercial St., will use the grant over the next three years to develop interactive learning platforms using NOAA data and tools to teach “scientific concepts and principles behind predicted changes in sea level and storm frequency,” according to a press release.

The data and weather forecasts will be accessible to Maine communities and students.

“This investment will support innovative educational opportunities for Maine’s students and community engagement efforts by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute,” Collins and King said in a joint statement.

The grant was one of six awarded by the NOAA as part of a competitive process, during which $2.75 million was awarded.