Addressing major marine issues facing Oregon and the world

Oregon State researchers work around the globe, using lessons learned here and abroad to both strengthen the university and to extend its global impact.

Oregon offers an unparalleled living-learning laboratory with diverse ecosystems, including a 300-mile coastline.

The Marine Studies Initiative is working to weave together the natural and social sciences and arts and humanities in an exceptional education, research, and outreach program to explore all facets of the marine environment and its dynamic connections to terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere, while positively impacting economic and social progress.

By building on our world-class programs and forming networks of expertise that span scientific, political, and socio-cultural disciplines, the Marine Studies Initiative is further advancing university leadership in marine research and scholarship to help sustain healthy oceans and all who depend on them.

OSU Research Centers on the Oregon Coast

We are expanding and enhancing facilities to provide environments that encourage creative collaborations, leverage the university's strengths, and have meaningful impacts. This includes the new Gladys Valley Marine Studies Initiative building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center. Learn more about the Marine Studies Building HERE.

Many programs strengthen the Marine Studies Initiative

Oregon State's research centers, institutes, and other interdisciplinary groups bring together scientists from multiple fields of study for joint research projects clustered around the university's three priority areas:

  • Advancing the science of earth ecosystems
  • Improving human health and wellness
  • Promoting innovation and economic prosperity

Learn more at about OSU research centers and institutes HERE

Envisioning a Resilient Oregon Coast

Coastal communities around the world face challenges related to both chronic (sea level rise/storms) as well as acute (earthquake/tsunami) hazards. Individuals, communities, and agencies can respond in ways to reduce the consequences of these hazards by either: (1) minimizing the initial impact (ex-ante), or (2) increasing the response/recovery following an event (ex-post). Recent studies [1] have shown that at a national level, an average of $6 can be saved for every $1 spent on ex-ante measures. 

For more details visit Oregon Coast Futures.