Research booms at Newport

After scoring with NOAA this summer, Newport adds another research project to its list.

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Newport was recently named the home of NOAA’s new facility; now it will also be the site of a $386-million global ocean-observing network called the Ocean Observatories Initiative.

Oregon State University researchers will spend $14 million over the next five years to create a network of surface moorings, seafloor platforms and undersea gliders in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Newport and Grays Harbor, Wash.

“This project will be transformative in that our ability to observe and monitor the ocean will be constant – 24 hours a day instead of the episodic nature of a week at sea here and there,” said Mark Abbott, dean of OSU’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.

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