Study finds Oregon’s unique “resident” gray whales actually move around quite a bit

A new study found that Oregon's population of "resident" gray whales actually travels quite a bit, though they have strong preferences for certain locations.

Climate report: Warming taking its toll on Oregon

The changing climate is having a significant impact on Oregon, a new report concludes, with the state growing progressively warmer, experiencing more severe wildfires, and undergoing a shift of seasons resulting in less snowpack and lower summer stream flows.

Blend of warmer water, chemical exposure influence gene expression across generations in a coastal fish

Warmer water temperatures, combined with low-level exposure to chemicals, influence the expression of genes in the offspring of an abundant North American fish species.

New Oregon license plate featuring gray whales available beginning Feb. 1

A new Oregon license plate, with the image of a gray whale mother and her calf, will be available at Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles offices throughout the state beginning on Feb. 1.

‘Silent slip’ along fault line serves as prelude to big earthquakes, research suggests

Big earthquakes appear to follow a brief episode of “shallow mantle creep” and “seismic swarms,” suggests new research at Oregon State University that offers an explanation for the foreshocks observed prior to large temblors.

Study: Loss of snowpack from global warming likely to accelerate in coming decades

A new study has found that changes in the atmospheric circulation since the 1980s have offset most of the impact of global warming on winter snowpack in the mountains of the western United States.

Far-ranging fin whales find year-round residence in Gulf of California

Researchers from Mexico and the United States have concluded that a population of fin whales in the rich Gulf of California ecosystem may live there year-round – an unusual circumstance for a whale species known to migrate across ocean basins.

Researchers to use artificial intelligence, “big data” to locate and predict crime at sea

Researchers using artificial intelligence and “big data” plan to develop new algorithms that they say will enable them to identify, locate – and eventually predict – crimes committed in the world’s oceans, from illegal fishing off the Patagonia shelf to drug smuggling in Central America to slave labor and human trafficking in the Indian Ocean.

Study: Earth’s polar regions communicate via oceanic “postcards,” atmospheric “text messages”

Scientists have documented a two-part climatic connection between the North Atlantic Ocean and Antarctica, a fast atmospheric channel and a much slower oceanic one, that caused rapid changes in climate during the last ice age – and may again.

New federal report: Northwest climate could see more years like 2015

A new federal report on the impacts of climate change release on Friday – that includes a chapter focusing on the Pacific Northwest – warns that more years like 2015 may lie ahead for the region and they may be even worse.

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