NARRAGANSETT, RI (AP) _ The University of Rhode Island's oceanography school has been awarded a $1 million grant to lead a national climate change education initiative.
URI says the grant from the National Science Foundation will establish its Graduate School of Oceanography as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance. The university will build a network of climate change experts in the public and private sectors to educate the public about the science of climate change and its implications.
Alliance Director Gail Scowcroft has led marine science and climate change education programs at the oceanography school since the 1990s. She says the school will serve as a ``catalyzing agent.''
The first national meeting of the alliance was held at the Graduate School of Oceanography last month.