New Zealand blue whale distribution patterns tied to ocean conditions and prey availability

Oregon State University researchers who recently discovered a population of blue whales in New Zealand are learning more about the links between the whales, their prey and ocean conditions that are changing as the planet warms.

Oregon State and partners to receive up to $300 million to lead NOAA institute on climate, ocean research

Oregon State University, the University of Washington and University of Alaska, Fairbanks will receive up to $300 million to lead a new institute focused on climate, ocean and coastal challenges that demand collaboration and sharing of scientific resources.

Public urged to refrain from approaching seal pups on Oregon beaches

The public is urged to refrain from approaching seal pups on Oregon's beaches. Young seal pups are at risk from well-meaning people who mistakenly try to rescue them.

Oceans should have a place in climate ‘green new deal’ policies, scientists suggest

The world’s oceans play a critical role in climate regulation, mitigation and adaptation and should be integrated into comprehensive “green new deal” proposals being promoted by elected officials and agency policymakers.

Three years of monitoring of Oregon’s gray whales shows changes in health

Three years of “health check-ups” on Oregon’s summer resident gray whales shows a compelling relationship between whales’ overall body condition and changing ocean conditions that likely limited availability of prey for the mammals, a new study from Oregon State University indicates.

Surface feeding could provide more than just snacks for New Zealand blue whales

Feeding at the ocean’s surface appears to play an important role in New Zealand blue whales’ foraging strategy, allowing them to optimize their energy use, Oregon State University researchers suggest in a new study.

 

Oregon Sea Grant awards $1.15 million to OSU researchers for five marine-related projects

Oregon Sea Grant, a marine research, public engagement and education program at Oregon State University, has awarded $1.15 million to five OSU scientists to study beach grass, groundfish trawling, sea lions and oysters over the next two years.

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.

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