Coastal survey: Oregon beaches see more short-term erosion

A new assessment of shoreline change along the Pacific Northwest coast found that many Oregon beaches have experienced an increase in erosion hazards in recent decades.

Scientists calculate friction of Japan's 9.0 earthquake in 2011

For the first time, scientists have been able to use precise temperature measurements to calculate the friction dynamics of fault slip, measuring the energy produced during the 2011 Japanese earthquake.

Pre-industrial rise in methane gas had natural and anthropogenic causes

A new study published this week in Science suggests that the pre-industrial rise in atmospheric methane had both human and natural causes.

Science Policy Forum: Researchers advocate for climate adaptation science

Researchers say in a new paper that climate science needs to advance to a new realm – more practical applications for dealing with the myriad impacts of climate variability.

Climate report: Wildfires, snowmelt, coastal issues top Northwest risks

The Northwest is facing increased risks from the decline of forest health, earlier snowmelt, and issues facing the coastal region, according to a new climate assessment report.

Study concludes climate change will wreak havoc on oceans by 2100

A new study concludes that by 2100, about 98 percent of the world's oceans will be affected by acidification, warming temperatures, low oxygen, or lack of biological productivity.

OSU faculty members key contributors to IPCC report

Two OSU faculty members were key contributors to the landmark report issue this week from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a United Nations-sponsored group of scientists.

Researchers describe unusual Mars rock in Science

The first rock that scientists analyzed on Mars using the Curiosity rover turned out to be a pyramid-shaped “mugearite” that is unlike any other Martian igneous rock ever found.

Study: Dams provide resilience to Columbia from climate change impacts

Dams have criticized for harming water quality and fish passage, but a new study suggests they provide “ecological and engineering resilience” to climate change in the Columbia River basin.

New study finds charred forests increase snowmelt rate

A new study by OSU researchers has found that snow melts faster in forests that have been burned, raising concern about earlier seasonal runoff in streams.