Ocean and Climate Studies focused on remote sensing of snow and ice, impacts of climate change on water resources, forests, shorelands; sea level rise; adaptation to climate change.

Ocean Observatory Initiative:  The National Science Foundation sponsored Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) will construct a network of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological, and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor. Greater knowledge of these variables is vital for improved detection and forecasting of environmental changes and their effects on biodiversity, coastal ecosystems, and climate. The Pacific Northwest component of the coastal observatory called the Endurance Array, operated by Oregon State University, will place a series of long-term moorings off the Northwest coast. It will include a network of autonomous undersea gliders that can be programmed to patrol the near-shore waters and collect a variety of data and transmit it to onshore laboratories.  

Oregon Climate Change Research Institute: In September of 2010, OCCRI was named as the anchor institution for two federally funded regional climate science centers. The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Pacific Northwest Climate Science Center (CSC) is one of eight planned CSC’s. The CSC will serve as a resource for DOI agencies in providing necessary science in advising policy decisions. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Pacific Northwest Climate Impacts Research Consortium is one of 11 Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) projects. The NOAA RISA will engage and support a broad number of stakeholders, including municipalities, utilities, emergency management organizations, and state and federal agencies.

Coastal Imaging Lab:—Near-shore research, remote sensing, coastal dynamics, coastal erosion, fluid dynamics and sediment transport.

Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC):  NNMREC is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to facilitate the development of marine renewable energy technologies -- primarily wave and tidal -- via research, education, and outreach. Established in 2008, NNMREC is a partnership between Oregon State University, the University of Washington, and recently the University of Alaska-Anchorage. In 2011 NNMREC’s research agenda expanded to include offshore wind energy and river current energy technologies.  NNMREC faculty and students investigate technical, environmental, and social dimensions of these ocean energy technologies, and perform research that fills knowledge gaps. Through this research, students are becoming industry pioneers, educating themselves in these promising new energy fields. NNMREC itself serves as a neutral voice of science and engineering to inform the public and decision-makers about the effects and capabilities of wave, tidal, and offshore wind energy technologies.  NNMREC recognizes the future need for unmanned systems for device deployment, and for maintenance and inspection of infrastructure once marine renewable energy is integrated into the energy infrastructure of the nation.  Belinda Batten.

Marine Mammal Institute:  The OSU Marine Mammal Institute is a multi-disciplinary facility incorporating the work of academics from Engineering, Genetics, Agriculture, Aquatics, Ecology, Veterinary Medicine, Biology, and Communications. As the only institute of its kind, the Marine Mammal Institute combines the efforts of top researchers from around the world to continue the legacy of discovery and preservation of critical habitats of target species and understanding how they interact with their environment and human activities.