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University of Oklahoma to host climate center

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The U.S. Department of the Interior has chosen the University of Oklahoma to host its South Central Climate Science Center.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday that Oklahoma State University, the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma will be partners in the center's consortium.

Salazar said the center and eight others will provide land managers in federal, state and local agencies access to the best science available regarding climate change and its impacts on land, water, fish and wildlife, ocean, coastal, and cultural resources.

Salazar also noted the consortium includes two Oklahoma Indian tribes, which will select a "tribal sustainability officer" to be located at the center.

The officer will be responsible for fostering communication between regional tribes, the climate science center and scientists.

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