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Potential NOAA cuts worry Florida scientists

As sea levels rise, the administration tasked with tracking climate change may see its budget drop.

The Washington Post reports President Trump's proposed budget will cut funding to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration by 17 percent.

Every time Dr. Leonard Berry, a researcher at FAU, looks out at the ocean he see's a warning.

"It's not something in the future. It's something that's happening now."

Berry worries if the reports are true, that the Trump Administration plans to slash NOAA's budget by 17 percent.

Some of the programs cut would include research for coastal management and coastal resilience.

Scientists say that information is crucial for protecting ourselves from storms and rising seas.

"The consequences for us is that we will have gaps in our information that makes us more vulnerable," says Berry.

He predicts sea levels could rise as much as 2 feet by 2060 in our area.

Berry has already reached out to the president and newly appointed Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

We also reached out for comment and have yet to hear back.

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