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.

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.

New study identifies five distinct humpback populations in North Pacific

A new study of humpback whales in the North Pacific has identified five distinct populations – while a proposal to designate humpbacks as a single “distinct population” is being considered.

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.

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 going public on quest to identify plankton species

Researchers using an innovative underwater imaging system have taken millions of photos of plankton – and now they are seeking help from the public to identify the species.

Oregon State University president affirms decision for new marine studies building location

Oregon State University President Ed Ray today confirmed that the university’s new Marine Studies Building will be built at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport.

Popular Visitor Center at Hatfield Center to close Dec. 5 for maintenance

The Visitor Center at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, which annually draws some 150,000 visitors, will close on Dec. 5 for maintenance and renovation.

Scientists discover most blue whales are “right-handed” – except when they swim upward

A team of scientists that used motion-sensing tags to track the movements of more than five dozen blue whales off the California coast discovered that most have a lateralization bias – in other words, they essentially are “right-handed” or “left-handed.”