Bryant announces a new research center at Stennis

The National Oceans and Applications Research Center, or NOARC, will be located at Stennis Space Center, Gov. Phil Bryant announced Wednesday at the Infinity Science Center ribbon-cutting.

The center will combine the capabilities of NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Navy teams to analyize and understand the Gulf of Mexico watershed.

Bryant compared it to Woods Hole, a science center in Massachusetts, calling it the best until Mississippi's center gets off the ground. "It will be the Woods Hole of the South," he said. will update this story with additional details.