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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has awarded a $2 million contract to Princeton University to add nearly 19,000 square feet to the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory on its Forrestal campus. Scheduled for completion August 15, 1980, the proposed annex will house a new computer, which will enable scientists with the laboratory to undertake an expanded program in modeling planetary and oceanic circulations. The facility also will augment research on convection and turbulence in the atmosphere, hurricane and climate dynamics, experimental prediction, observational studies, and middle-atmospheric dynamics and chemistry.

Since 1968, Princeton University and NOAA have had a formal agreement to improve the effectiveness of research at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory by promoting close collaboration between the scientists and engineers associated with the two institutions and with visiting scientists.