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Videos of Critical Issues in Adapting to Climate Change

Posted by: | January 27, 2015 Comments Off |

Crashing waves

A set of three short videos highlights some critical issues related to climate change at the Oregon coast. Those issues are flagged by the video titles:

How Soon Do We Have to Think Differently?

. . . How Should We Adapt?

. .  and the overarching goal of having Community Resilience.

The videos, intended primarily for those involved in or concerned about the issues that adapting to climate change presents for coastal areas, were produced by Oregon Sea Grant with the cooperation of a range of climate researchers and coastal professionals who are interviewed on camera. The themes of the videos emerged from surveys, interviews, and workshops conducted by Sea Grant and partners in the last few years.

Coastal professionals in other states, as well as in Oregon, may find the perspectives and insights of these videos useful or provocative.

In addition to the high definition versions on Vimeo.com linked above, the same videos are on YouTube, where closed captioning is available:

 How Soon Do We Have to Think Differently?

How Should We Adapt?

Community Resilience  (Neskowin, Oregon, is the focus.)

NB: The URL for the last video above has been corrected (1/28/15)



under: climate, climate adaptation, coastal hazards, engineering, environment, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University, science communication, videos

Note: Proposal due date corrected

Posted by: | January 20, 2015 Comments Off |

A recent post about our special request for coastal resilience research proposals contained a deadline error; proposals are due to the Oregon Sea Grant office in Corvallis by 5 pm Monday, Feb. 9.

Our apologies for the error.

under: grants, research

Shark Day coming at HMSC

Posted by: | January 20, 2015 Comments Off |
Shark Day 2011

Shark Day 2011

NEWPORT – Did you know more than 30 species of sharks can be found off the Pacific Northwest coastline? Learn more about them this Saturday, Jan 24, as the Hatfield Marine Science Center celebrates our annual Shark Day!

Stop by the Center between 10 am and 4 pm for shark-themed exhibits, biofacts, films and kid-friendly activities related to these fascinating sea creatures.

Afraid of sharks? How about vending machines? You might be surprised to learn which is more dangerous to humans!

Make sure to be here at 1:30 pm. to watch and listen as Dr. Bill Hanshumaker, Oregon Sea Grant’s chief scientist at the Visitor Center, conducts a necropsy on a salmon shark and talks about the animal’s biology, life cycle and habits.

Learn more:

under: events, HMSC Visitor Center, marine animals, marine education, ocean literacy, sharks

Spring, summer opportunities for undergrad, grad students

Posted by: | January 15, 2015 Comments Off |

Oregon Sea Grant is seeking qualified undergraduate and graduate students to take part in working and learning opportunities this spring and summer.

  • Our fifth Summer Scholars program places high caliber undergraduate students from around the country for 10 weeks working with public agencies (federal, state, and local) . Scholars assist host agencies with field work, lab work, analysis, research, policy development, and/or outreach and public engagement efforts around ocean and coastal issues. Each is will be assigned to a specific project under a mentor and expected to dedicate at least 40 hours a week to the program starting on June 15. The application deadline is Feb. 20. Read application details here.
  • The Sea Grant Marine Education program at OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport is hiring spring and summer student interns to assist with public and school workshops, classes, and field trips around marine science topics. The positions, open to any qualified undergraduate or graduate student, involve creating and presenting lab and field programs for school, youth and family groups, maintaining education program labs and equipment, and taking part in special projects.
under: higher education, HMSC Visitor Center, internships, position announcements, Sea Grant Scholars

Salmon: Are We Making Progress in Oregon?

Posted by: | January 13, 2015 Comments Off |

A new short video interview with Prof. Court Smith discusses his recent OSG publication, Salmon Abundance and Diversity in Oregon: Are We Making Progress? Smith, an OSU anthropologist and longtime scholar of the Oregon salmon fishery, talks with editor Rick Cooper about why he wrote the publication and what insights it offers. While salmon abundance in Oregon has improved somewhat in recent years from historic lows, concerns remain about how sustainable that abundance is and how it’s affected by diversity.

The video interview, shot and edited by Joe Cone, is available on the OSG YouTube channel, with captioning, and our Vimeo channel, in high definition.

Prof. Court Smith and the salmon publication

Prof. Court Smith and the salmon publication

The publication itself, written for a non-specialist audience, is available for free download.

under: Oregon Sea Grant

Special call for proposals: Resilience research

Posted by: | January 7, 2015 Comments Off |

Oregon Sea Grant invites proposals from researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education for research projects that address cutting-edge resilience questions related to important marine and coastal issues.The deadline for submission is Feb. 9, 2015, and a notice of intent to apply is required by Jan. 19.

Projects will be selected through an open, competitive, peer-review process. Proposed work begins July 1, 2015.

The total available funding is $100,000; proposals that request $50,000 or less will have a competitive advantage since we want to fund as many efforts as possible, all else being equal. Available funding is set by the NOAA Sea Grant Program based on congressional appropriations, and is subject to change and rescission.

Complete details and a downloadable RFP are available from the Oregon Sea Grant Website.

under: Oregon Sea Grant, research

Rare Holiday Fare: Authentic Lutefisk Recipe

Posted by: | December 30, 2014 Comments Off |
Bill Wick, ca. 1980

Bill Wick, ca. 1980

Back in 1991, the former Oregon Sea Grant director, William Q. (Bill) Wick, sent around the attached description  of how to prepare lutefisk, the Norwegian version of what to do with dry salted cod to make it edible—even, to some, tasty and delicious. Wick, of Danish/Norwegian heritage, was a World War II veteran before becoming an Extension agent and then Sea Grant director, and he navigated academia with practical common sense and good humor. This practical bent and dry humor are apparent in the recipe, which he no doubt hoped would cause others to appreciate this Scandinavian delicacy: as he writes, “there’s no such thing as ‘bad’ lutefisk.”

To Prepare Foolproof Lutefisk (.pdf)

under: Oregon Sea Grant

Happy Holidays …

Posted by: | December 23, 2014 Comments Off |

Happy Holidays from Oregon Sea Grant

The Oregon Sea Grant program office at OSU will be closed along with most other university offices on Dec. 25 and 26. Our Visitor Center at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport will be closed Dec. 25, but open Dec. 26-31 with special programming for winter Whale Watch Week.

under: HMSC Visitor Center, Oregon Sea Grant

Sea Grant expert featured on National Geographic tsunami special

Posted by: | December 22, 2014 Comments Off |

Pat Corcoran visits Japan to see aftermath of tsunami, 2012Patrick Corcoran, Oregon Sea Grant’s coastal hazards specialist, along with OSU researchers Chris Goldfinger and Tuba Ozkan-Haller are featured in “The Next Mega Tsunami,” a new TV special scheduled for its US premiere on the National Geographic Channel this coming Friday, Dec. 26.

The program is scheduled to air at 9 pm Pacific Time; check local listings for possible changes.

The special commemorates the 1oth anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean undersea megathrust earthquake which sent a devastating tsunami hurtling into Indonesia and the south Asian coastlines, killing an estimated 230,000 people in fourteen countries.

Seismic researchers – including OSU’s Goldfinger – say geologic conditions off the Oregon coast make it vulnerable to similar megathrust in the region known as the Cascadia Subduction Zone. The geologic and historic record shows that such “megathrust” quakes have occurred at regular intervals throughout the planet’s history, and scientists say the region is overdue for another.

Corcoran, who is based in Astoria, has worked for years with the state of Oregon and coastal communities to help develop local tsunami inundation maps, community and individual tsunami preparedness plans, and to help communities increase their resilience against such disasters by consider the relocation of hospitals, schools and other critical or vulnerable facilities to higher ground.

Ozkan-Haller, a professor of geology with OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, specializes in predicting how near-shore waves behave along coastlines, a field which has led her into tsunami-related research at OSU’s Hinsdale Wave Research Lab.

Learn more:


under: coastal hazards, earthquake, Extension, Oregon Sea Grant, tsunami

Biennial grant competition – call for preliminary proposals

Posted by: | December 19, 2014 Comments Off |

Oregon Sea Grant invites preliminary proposals (pre-proposals) from researchers affiliated with any Oregon institution of higher education for research projects that address cutting-edge socioeconomic and biophysical science related to important marine and coastal issues.

Pre-proposals will be entered into a highly competitive review and selection process. Proposed work may begin on either February 1, 2016, or February 1, 2017. Individual requests for funding are not to exceed $115,000 per year. Available funding is set by the NOAA Sea Grant Program based on congressional appropriations, and is subject to change and rescission.

Pre-proposals are due to the Oregon Sea Grant office by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2105.

For full details, visit our Biennial Grant Competition page.

under: grants, Oregon Sea Grant, research

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