About the OSU College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS): The college is renowned for research excellence and academic programs that span the earth, ocean and climate sciences, as well as the human dimensions of environmental change. CEOAS inspires scientific solutions for Oregon and the world.

OSU partners with USGS on electrical mapping project to help protect power grid

Oregon State University will carry out large-scale mapping of the electrical properties of Earth’s crust and mantle beneath the southern and southwestern United States under a new two-year, $2.5 million cooperative agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey.

Quickly unfolding flash droughts present new challenge for weather prediction

Flash droughts, which can develop in as little as two weeks and intensify rapidly, are drawing new attention as researchers work to identify and test the reliability of indicators that could help predict these weather events.

Freshwater flowing into the North Pacific plays key role in North America’s climate

Massive freshwater river flows stemming from glacier-fed flooding at the end of the last ice age surged across eastern Washington to the Columbia River and out to the North Pacific Ocean, where they triggered climate changes throughout the northern hemisphere, new research published today in Science Advances shows.

Old carbon reservoirs unlikely to cause large greenhouse gas release

Carbon reservoirs found in permafrost and frozen methane hydrates have the potential to emit large quantities of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as the planet warms, but it is unlikely the gas released from those stores will reach the atmosphere, new research published this week in Science indicates.

Methane emissions from fossil fuel industry underestimated by up to 40%, study finds

The global fossil fuel industry emits 25% to 40% more methane – a greenhouse gas and contributor to global warming – than previously thought, a study published today in Nature found.

More than 22 miles of oceanic sediment cores featured at opening of OSU repository Jan. 31

Oregon State University’s newly renovated and expanded Marine and Geology Repository, one of the nation's largest repositories of oceanic sediment cores, will officially open Jan. 31 with tours and an open house for the public.

New modeling will shed light on how policy decisions affect migration from sea level rise

A new modeling approach can help researchers, policymakers and the public better understand how policy decisions will influence human migration as sea levels rise around the globe, a paper published today in Nature Climate Change suggests.

 

Sea levels to continue rising after current Paris agreement emission pledges expire in 2030

Sea levels will continue to rise around the world long after current carbon emissions pledges made through the Paris climate agreement are met and global temperatures stabilize, a new study indicates.

Two million-year-old ice provides snapshot of Earth’s greenhouse gas history

Two million-year old ice from Antarctica recently uncovered by a team of researchers provides a clearer picture into the connections between greenhouse gases and climate in ancient times and will help scientists understand future climate change.

Large transnational corporations play critical role in global natural resource management

Researchers have identified six corporate actions that, combined with effective public policy and improved governmental regulations, could help large transnational corporations steer environmental stewardship efforts around the world, a new paper suggests.

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