The Department of Defense announced awards on Tuesday to researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Part of the DOD's Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, the awards are aimed to help five researchers characterize waves, improve ocean weather and climate prediction and analyze acoustics in the deep ocean. The DURIP grant program supports the development of instruments that have a wide range of military applications, according to a release.
The DURIP awards will support the work of marine acoustics researcher Bill Hodgkiss; Bruce Appelgate, the associate director for ship operations and marine technical support at Scripps; researcher Eric Terrill; oceanographer Andrew Lucas and oceanographer Rob Pinkel.
The value of the awards was not announced.
“Our faculty’s success in winning these competitive awards stems from UC San Diego's long history of multidisciplinary work and our strength in establishing effective collaborations across our campus and nation,” UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said.
Reps. Susan Davis and Duncan Hunter commented on the awards, saying, respectively, that they will allow Scripps researchers to improve understanding of the oceans in support of national defense and do so in a region with a vibrant maritime economy.
The awards, administered through the Office of Naval Research, continue a long collaboration between Scripps and the U.S. Navy, which chartered Scripps’ sole research vessel, E.W. Scripps, for research prior to World War II.
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