At the University of South Florida (USF), geologist Jeffrey Ryan is researching how climate change is affecting ocean levels. Tampa Bay Online reports that Ryan received a grant from the National Science Foundation to encourage Floridians to consider making adjustments to their lives in order to preserve beach fronts.
Ryan's job is to show people how wells are turning salty and mangrove islands are disappearing, which are signs that waterfront property could be underwater in the not-too-distant future.
"We need to pull together a broad swath of the community, not just academics," Ryan told the news source.
The USF professor and geology department chairman and his colleagues have nearly $500,000 to spend over the next two years planning the project. He is one of 15 researchers across the country to receive a grant from the science foundation's $20 million Climate Change Education Partnership.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental scientists use their knowledge to protect nature by identifying problems and finding solutions that minimize hazards to the health of Earth and the population.
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