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ULM gets nearly $275K for mobile weather lab

August 22, 2018
In The News

Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Tuesday that the University of Louisiana at Monroe is receiving a nearly $275,000 federal grant to buy new weather satellite equipment.

The National Science Foundation awarded the Major Research Instrumentation award to ULM so that the university can buy a compact, portable Doppler Wind Lidar system. This equipment uses lasers to study atmospheric characteristics such as wind, turbulence and aerosols. It will allow ULM to better research storms and air quality to improve public safety and human health.

“Severe weather can develop seemingly without warning. ULM is studying ways we can detect these storms faster and more accurately, and I am pleased that these federal funds will be used to help ULM with its mission of making Louisiana a safer place,” said Abraham, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

In 2016, Abraham worked with the university and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help the university get an operational license for its Doppler weather radar. 

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