represents a strong, long-term, NOAA-OSU partnership dedicated to research in marine sciences, graduate and public education, and cooperation with regional industries and communities that are dependent on marine resources. CIMRS is the only OSU research institute that provides both grant administration and personnel review in the manner of an academic department.
Research foci of CIMRS address living and non-living marine resources and involves programs that engage in environmental sampling or observing above and within the ocean as well as those that characterize seafloor geology, habitats and ecosystems. This focus encompasses broad fields across the marine environment including fisheries geological/chemical/biological/fisheries oceanography, ecology, ‘omics, ecosystem-based management, marine mammal and other acoustics, the effects of climate change on marine ecosystems, as well as social science aspects related to everything marine.
The undergraduate degree will explore the dynamic relationship between people and the marine environment—how people affect the ocean and, in turn, how the ocean affects humans. The degree program is for students who seek a liberal arts education and are keenly aware of the importance of the human dimension, broadly defined, of the marine environment in understanding the growing challenges and opportunities for the sustainability of our oceans and coasts. Students will gain expertise and understanding of the social, cultural and economic issues currently faced by coasts and oceans, at regional, national, and international levels, while grounded in foundational knowledge of the marine natural systems. This degree is currently under development, with anticipated availability in Winter 2020.
NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a 3-fold mission:
1. To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts;
2. To share that knowledge and information with others; and
3. To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.