Marine Technology &
Life Sciences Seawater Complex
In late 2009 the Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science won a competitive grant of $15 million from the National Institute of Standards and Technology as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This grant provides about one third of the funds necessary to create the first centralized, state-of-the-art seawater research facility at the School. The new complex will provide research and teaching laboratories in two critical areas: air-sea interactions and biology of living marine organisms. A one-of-a-kind SUSTAIN (SUrge-STructure-Atmosphere INteraction) research facility will be a major component of this complex: this will be the only place in the world with a wind-wave-storm surge simulator capable of generating Category 5 hurricane-force winds in a three-dimensional test environment. The Marine Life Sciences Center, also located within the new complex, will provide a dedicated space for maintaining and studying living marine animals including fish, corals and sea hares. Both components of the complex will examine critical connections between the oceans and human health.