BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A team of researchers from the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy at the LSU AgCenter has received a three-year award of more than $750,000 to study the effectiveness of the environmental monitoring system in the Gulf of Mexico.

The award was made through the LSU Coastal Marine Institute, a partnership of LSU and the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.

An array of buoys and other sensors scattered throughout the Gulf provides data to weather forecasters and others with interest in the Gulf's ecosystem.

The system provides biological, chemical and physical data for managing marine industrial operations, coastal hazards, public safety and health, ecosystems and water quality, says Rich Kazmierczak, an AgCenter economist and leader of the research team.