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UMass to host federal climate center

October 7, 2011

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AMHERST, Mass.—The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has won a $7.5 million federal grant to host the Department of the Interior's Northeast Climate Center.

The center will study the effects of climate change on ecosystems, wildlife, water and other resources in a region west to Minnesota and south to Maryland.

UMass will lead a consortium of five other universities, including Columbia, Wisconsin-Madison, Minnesota, Missouri-Columbia, and the College of Menominee Nation, and the Marine Biological Laboratory on Cape Cod.

It's the eighth climate center established by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

Salazar said the centers will help understand the effects of climate change and how the government can respond.

UMass professor Richard Palmer will be scientific director of the Center.