Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Research Groups

Labs, Projects, Facilities, Institutes, Etc.

Active Tectonics and Seafloor Mapping Lab
Focuses on the structure and tectonics of Cascadia, the Northern San Andreas Fault, and Sumatra, as well as developing techniques of submarine paleoseismology using both turbidites and slip rates and fault offsets.

Argon Geochronology Lab
Employs the 40Ar/39Ar geochronology method to determine how hotspots evolve and interact with lithosphere.

Cartography and Geovisualization Group
Conducts research for the visualization and exploration of geographic data.

Coastal Imaging Lab
Studies behavior of the world's coasts through exploration of the underlying physics.

Coastal Ocean Modeling and Data Assimilation Group
Utilizes comprehensive computer models to understand processes driving ocean dynamics (including material and heat transports) on coastal and regional scales.

Cooperative Institute for Oceanographic Satellite Studies (CIOSS)
Fosters research involving satellite remote sensing of the ocean and the air-sea interface.

Glider Blog
Lists field activities of the autonomous underwater Glider Research Group.

Glider Research Group
Operates autonomous underwater gliders.

Electron Microprobe Lab
Analyzes solid materials at a very small spatial scale.

Fisheries Oceanography Lab
Focuses on factors that affect the spatial and temporal dynamics of marine fish populations.

Ice Core & Quaternary Geochemistry Lab
Studies past climate and biogeochemical cycles.

Mineral and Crystal Display Collection
Presents photos and data about one of the finest mineral displays in the Pacific Northwest.

Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group
Uses advanced technologies to investigate the impacts of climate change on snow and ice, focusing on mountain watershed hydrology, snow-vegetation interactions, and climate change impacts on snow, glaciers, and ice sheets.

National Geoelectromagnetic Facility
Loans electromagnetic geophysics instruments to academic scientists, industry and government.

Noble Gas Geochemistry Lab
Uses noble gases to study a wide range of geochemical problems.

Ocean Mixing Group
Studies how distributions of heat, salt and chemicals (including pollutants) affect ocean currents.

Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI)
Constructs and maintains a network of science-driven sensor systems to measure the physical, chemical, geological, and biological variables in the ocean and seafloor.

Oregon Climate Change Research Institute (OCCRI)
Fosters climate change research among faculty of the Oregon University System (OUS); serves as a clearinghouse for climate information; and provides climate change information to the public in an easily understandable form.

Oregon Climate Service (OCS)
Affiliated with CEOAS and OCCRI, OCS is the state repository for weather and climate information.

Oregon Coastal Ocean Observing System (OrCOOS),
Brings together observations along the Oregon Coast to help address issues related to climate change, ecosystem preservation and management, coastal water quality, maritime operations, coastal hazards and national security.

Oregon Coastal Ocean Currents
Maps ocean currents along entire Oregon coast.

OSU Marine and Geology Repository (OSU-MGR)
Preserves marine samples for future research.

Paleo-and-Environmental Magnetism Lab
Operates a liquid helium free superconducting rock magnetometer (SRM) optimized for u-channel samples.

Paleoclimate Research
Studies ancient climates.

PALeo constraints on SEA level rise 2 (PALSEA2)
Focuses on using past changes in sea level and Earth's cryosphere to constrain future sea-level rise in response to climate change.

Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO)
Studies the coastal ocean ecosystem along the U.S. west coast.

Pelagic Ecology Lab
Studies how animals in the ocean find food and avoid predators.

Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation
Supports water conflict prevention and resolution in Oregon, across the United States and internationally.

Stable Isotope Lab
Operates four gas-source isotope ratio mass spectrometers.

Surface Processes Research Group
Studies the evolution of landscapes and their rivers and streams on both human and geologic time scales.

Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database
Collection of databases on the human and environmental aspects of global and US-domestic shared water conflict and cooperation. Resources include the largest collection of international water treaties, list and parameters of hundreds of river basin organizations, conflict and cooperation on transboundary water events, global geospatial water resources-related information and shapefiles by international basin and country, facts and figures on transboundary river basins, water related bibliographies, publications, atlases, and Oregon State University generated research projects.

W. M. Keck Collaboratory for Plasma Spectrometry
Operates four types of plasma spectrometers.

Volcanology, Igneous Petrology & Economic geology Research (VIPER)
Works in the general areas of igneous petrology, igneous geochemistry, ore geology, and volcanology.

Volcano World
Presents information about volcanoes and volcanologists.

U. S. Marine Heat Flow Capability
Provides a guide for planning and running heat flow surveys.

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