Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean

The world’s oceans are vast and deep, yet technology and the quest for extracting resources from previously unreachable depths is beginning to put the deep seas on the cusp of peril.

Synchronization of North Atlantic, North Pacific preceded abrupt warming, end of ice age

A study by OSU researchers suggests that synchronization of climate patterns in the North Pacific and North Atlantic oceans may be the early warning sign for a climate change "tipping point."

SAR11, oceans' most abundant organism, has ability to create methane

A new study by researchers at Oregon State University demonstrates the ability of some strains of the oceans’ most abundant organism – SAR11 – to generate methane.

Study links Greenland ice sheet collapse, sea level rise 400,000 years ago

A new study suggests that a warming period more than 400,000 years ago pushed the Greenland ice sheet past its stability threshold, raising global sea levels some 4-6 meters.

Antarctic Ice Sheet unstable at end of last ice age

The Antarctic Ice Sheet began melting about 5,000 years earlier than previously thought coming out of the last ice age – and that shrinkage of the vast ice sheet accelerated during eight episodes, causing rapid sea level rise.

White House appoints OSU's Spinrad as NOAA's chief scientist

The White House announced today the appointment of Rick Spinrad, vice president for research at OSU, as chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Study finds only trace levels of radiation from Fukushima in albacore

Albacore tuna caught off the Oregon shore after the Fukushima Daiichi power station in Japan was destroyed in a 2011 earthquake had on slight traces of radioactivity, according to a newly published study.

Scientists successfully use krypton to accurately date ancient Antarctic ice

Scientists have successfully identified the age of 120,000-year-old Antarctic ice using krypton dating – a new technique that may allow them to locate ice more than a million years old.

Volcanoes, including Mt. Hood, can go from dormant to active quickly

Magma sitting 4-5 kilometers beneath the surface of Mount Hood has been stored in near-solid conditions for thousands of years, but that the time it takes to liquefy and potentially erupt is surprisingly short.

2013 Weather Roundup: Wettest September doesn't offset dry year

The wettest September on record didn't make up for a dry year in Oregon - especially in the southern part of the state, which was historically dry.