Welp, the administration’s new budget is out, and science as a whole does not fare well. Ocean science get it particularly rough. Even at NASA, which seems to have escaped the most, is seeing the ocean-sensing PACE satellite cut. But it’s at NOAA where the ocean science really gets hit.
“The Budget proposes to eliminate funding for several lower priority, and in many cases, unauthorized, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) grant and education programs, including Sea Grant, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, Coastal Zone Management Grants, the Office of Education, and the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. These eliminations would allow NOAA to better target remaining resources to core missions and services”
This is… not good news. Fortunately, the final word is up to congress, so let’s hope they have more sense.