Researchers study public comments on orca conservation to aid future protection efforts

Oregon State University researchers analyzed more than 17,000 public comments focused on orca conservation in the state of Washington and found that the most common emotional sentiments were trust, anticipation and fear.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issues OSU license for wave energy testing facility

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued Oregon State University a license to build and operate the nation’s first pre-permitted wave energy testing facility, culminating an unprecedented regulatory process that spanned nearly 10 years.

OSU researcher leads NOAA-funded project to study West Coast response to ocean acidification

An Oregon State University researcher is part of a new federally supported project investigating how communities along the West Coast are adapting to ocean acidification, with the goal of determining what they need to be more resilient.

On calm days, sunlight warms the ocean surface and drives turbulence, study finds

In tropical oceans, a combination of sunlight and weak winds drives up surface temperatures in the afternoon, increasing atmospheric turbulence, unprecedented new observational data collected by an Oregon State University researcher shows.

Biological assessment of world’s rivers presents incomplete but bleak picture

An international team of scientists, including two from Oregon State University, conducted a biological assessment of the world’s rivers and the limited data they found presents a fairly bleak picture.

Federal lease allows Oregon State’s offshore wave energy testing facility to move ahead in 2021

An Oregon State University-led project to build the nation’s first pre-permitted wave energy testing facility cleared a critical hurdle this week as the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management awarded the university a lease to operate in federal waters about seven miles off the Oregon Coast.

The songs of fin whales offer new avenue for seismic studies of the oceanic crust

The songs of fin whales can be used for seismic imaging of the oceanic crust, providing scientists a novel alternative to conventional surveying. 

Flooding in the Columbia River basin expected to increase under climate change, study finds

The Columbia River basin will see an increase in flooding over the next 50 years as a result of climate change, new modeling from Oregon State University indicates.

New DNA-based technique allows researchers to determine age of living beluga whales in Alaska

Researchers can now determine the age and sex of living beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet thanks to a new DNA-based technique that uses information from small samples of skin tissue.

Sea ice kept oxygen from reaching deep ocean during last ice age, study finds

Extensive sea ice covered the world’s oceans during the last ice age, which prevented oxygen from penetrating into the deep ocean waters, complicating the relationship between oxygen and carbon, a new study has found.

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