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Archive for October, 2009

Oregon Sea Grant-funded tsunami research featured in NSF “Discoveries”

Posted by: | October 28, 2009 Comments Off on Oregon Sea Grant-funded tsunami research featured in NSF “Discoveries” |

“One of our experiments found that small seawalls cause a skyward deflection of an incoming tsunami wave, which consequently reduces wave energy and the force on structures directly landward of the wall. … As seawalls are inexpensive and easy to build, they are a sustainable tsunami defense measure applicable for most coastal communities.” So writes […]

under: beach safety, coastal hazards, marine safety, news, Oregon Sea Grant, people, regional projects, tsunami

Oregon Sea Grant wave-energy researcher featured in New York Times article

Posted by: | October 21, 2009 Comments Off on Oregon Sea Grant wave-energy researcher featured in New York Times article |

Oregon Sea Grant-funded researcher Annette von Jouanne is one of several international wave-energy experts featured in an article in The New York Times, “Waves Start to Make Ripples in Renewable Energy World.”

under: economics, news, Oregon Sea Grant, people, research, wave energy

Prepare now to survive a West Coast tsunami

Posted by: | October 19, 2009 Comments Off on Prepare now to survive a West Coast tsunami |

ASTORIA, Ore. – Two weeks after tsunamis in Sumatra and American Samoa initiated by powerful earthquakes killed hundreds of people, a growing number of Oregonians are wondering how people living along the West Coast will fare when a large – and possibly overdue – quake shakes our own soil. “Unfortunately, our fascination with the physical […]

under: coastal hazards, marine safety, Oregon Sea Grant, tsunami

Climate change adds uncertainty to fisheries management

Posted by: | October 16, 2009 Comments Off on Climate change adds uncertainty to fisheries management |

A new analysis of fisheries management concludes that climate change will significantly increase the variability of the size and location of many fish populations, creating uncertainty for fisheries managers – and the need for greater flexibility. Most management processes are slow and cumbersome, as well as rigid, the authors say, and don’t adequately take climate […]

under: climate, economics, fisheries, research

Podcast features Nobel economics winner

Posted by: | October 12, 2009 Comments Off on Podcast features Nobel economics winner |

Congratulations to Elinor Ostrom, the Indiana University political scientist who is one of two recipients of this year’s Nobel Prize for economics. Ostrom, known for her work on the management of common resources, is the first woman to win a Nobel in economics. A year ago, Dr. Ostrom sat down with Oregon Sea Grant’s Joe […]

under: climate, economics, news, Oregon Sea Grant, social science

Quest-building workshop

Posted by: | October 6, 2009 Comments Off on Quest-building workshop |

Looking for a way to connect people with community? Quests are fun clue-directed hunts that get people outdoors exploring the natural, historical and cultural treasures of special places. All it takes is a pencil, a set of directions and a sense of adventure – follow the directions, discover clues and find a hidden Quest box […]

under: courses, classes and workshops, free-choice learning, HMSC Visitor Center

Ocean Observatories Initiative signed

Posted by: | October 6, 2009 Comments Off on Ocean Observatories Initiative signed |

Giving scientists never-before-seen views of the world’s oceans, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) have signed a Cooperative Agreement that supports the construction and initial operation of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). OOI will provide a network of undersea sensors for observing complex ocean processes such as climate variability, […]

under: climate, news, oceanography

Video: Great white shark

Posted by: | October 5, 2009 Comments Off on Video: Great white shark |

Bill Hanshumaker, Sea Grant public education specialist at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center, talks about the necropsy scientists conducted there last week of a great white shark that died after tangling in crab gear off Depoe Bay:

under: HMSC Visitor Center, marine education, Oregon Sea Grant, research, videos

Chinese visit Oregon to discuss marine invasives

Posted by: | October 5, 2009 Comments Off on Chinese visit Oregon to discuss marine invasives |

Representatives from China’s Fujian Academy of Science-Forestry-Institute of Ecology and Environment are visiting Oregon this week to confer with an Oregon Sea Grant specialist on methods of fighting the spread of an invasive grass species. The grass, Spartina alterniflora (also known as cordgrass), is native to the east coast of North America. The grass was […]

under: invasive species, Oregon Sea Grant

Public invited to view great white shark dissection today

Posted by: | October 1, 2009 Comments Off on Public invited to view great white shark dissection today |

A 12-foot white shark—popularly known as a great white shark—that died in August after becoming entangled in the ropes of a crab pot, will become the focus of scientists this week during its dissection at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. The public is invited to view the necropsy, which will be performed over […]

under: events, free-choice learning, HMSC Visitor Center, marine education, news, Oregon Sea Grant, people, public review, research, science education

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