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Our Work

The Oregon Ocean Science Trust is dedicated to promoting and supporting peer-reviewed, competitive research and monitoring that leads to increased knowledge and understanding of Oregon's ocean and coastal resources and blue carbon ecosystems.

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PROMOTING
PEER-REVIEWED SCIENCE

The Trust promotes innovative and collaborative peer-reviewed research, especially projects that take community-oriented and multi-institutional approaches to understanding Oregon’s ocean.

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CONNECTING
OCEAN & COASTAL RESEARCH & MONITORING WITH FUNDING

We serve as the fiscal platform that connects researchers with competitive grants that support key science projects in coastal communities.

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ENCOURAGING
COLLABORATION

The Trust has collaborated with over 50 Oregon scientists and policy makers to set ocean research and monitoring priorities to make sure that funds serve the highest needs for Oregon.

RESEARCH AND FUNDING PRIORITIES

Research and Funding Priorities

During the Oregon Ocean Science Trust's 2016 summit, more than 50 experts and agency decision makers identified the following types of priority projects for research and funding. The OOST hosted a summit in December of 2023 with 65 ocean and coastal scientists and researchers to assess past priorities and articulate a new suite of priorities for 2024 and beyond. The report from the summit can be found here

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Sea Life & 
Ocean Habitats

Research that seeks to understand species and habitat associations and interactions that exist in the nearshore to inform ocean health. Some of the research topics identified include: harmful algal blooms, food web relationships, the number of fish that survive to become part of a fishery, habitats, species-habitat associations, and ecosystem functions.

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People and the Ocean

Science focused on the effects people have on nearshore resources, as well as the impacts of nearshore resources on people and coastal communities. Some of the research topics identified include: how people effect the coast, pollution, fisheries, ecosystem services, and climate change.

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Climate

Research that analyzes the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on species and their habitats, as well as how these key stressors will influence ecological function and species for nearshore habitats in the future.​

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