OSU Marine Council

NEWS - The Marine Council established an Action Coordination Team (ACT) to address Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris and Invasive Species

Read about OSU's marine science accomplishments in the Winter 2011 issue of Terra Magazine.

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Marine Council Goals and Activities
The Marine Council has identified and is taking steps to advance two broad goals: 

  1. Improve Communications - The Marine Council's Communications Strategy includes two objectives: (1) to improve marine science communication within OSU, and (2) to improve two-way communication between the Marine Council and non-OSU entities to enhance the transfer of information about OSU’s distinction and strength in marine sciences and engineering and for OSU to interact with and learn from others.
  2. Implement an OSU initiative for Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning (CMSP) - CMSP has been identified as a new approach to better manage a range of social, economic and cultural issues by President Obama in his adopted National Ocean Policy (July 2010). The Marine Council created a CMSP Integrated Plan to address this national priority and led the following initiatives:
    • CMSP Professorship - The Marine Council supported the creation of a CMSP professorship in a cluster of positions submitted to the University Provost. This position is currently under consideration.

Purpose
The OSU Marine Council was created in 2010 with an aim at enhancement of collaboration, cooperation, and coordination across the University's marine science enterprise. It is the goal of the Marine Council to lead OSU to reach its full potential for pre-eminence, interdisciplinary excellence, and international leadership in marine sciences and engineering. The Council is responsible for:

  • Providing integrated approaches to address key marine issues.
  • Providing an initial point of contact within OSU and between OSU and its partner institutions.
  • Increasing external partnerships.
  • Identifying emerging opportunities for funding innovative, multidisciplinary collaboration.
  • Enhancing marine facilities and operations.
  • Enhancing outreach and engagement to serve state, regional, and stakeholder needs.

Background
Oregon State University ranks among the top oceanographic and marine science universities in the nation. We advance coastal and marine sciences to gain fundamental understanding of ocean processes and their role in earth systems, as well as to meet environmental, economic, and social needs. Our tremendous and diverse capabilities in marine science and engineering research, education, and engagement involve 8 of our 11 academic colleges; as well as multiple Centers, Institutes and Programs. Over 37% of OSU research expenditures – nearly $100 million annually – are directly tied to marine-related issues or programs. OSU operates the Hatfield Marine Science Center, a leading facility for ship operations, academic and government-sponsored marine research, and public outreach.

Action Coordination Teams
The Marine Council operates, in part, through the appointment of targeted Action Coordination Teams (ACTs). Each ACT is led by a member of the Council and they reach across the University to integrate OSU’s efforts on priority marine issues. ACTs have been charged to:

  • Provide integrated plans that address research, education, outreach and engagement, partnerships, state and federal legislative plans, advancement, fund raising, and facilities for OSU on specific issues identified by the Council.
  • Provide a single point of contact (nominally the Team Leader) to address internal and external inquiries and initiatives on specific issues.
  • Ensure work is consistent with the OSU Strategic Plan.
  • Report to the Marine Council on a regular basis.

The following ACTs have been established and are actively working to enhance activities in their areas:

  1. NOAA Fleet Relocation to Newport
  2. Coastal Disasters and Development
  3. Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
  4. Ocean, Animal, and Human Health
  5. Marine Renewable Energy
  6. West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health
  7. Oregon Task Force on Nearshore Research
  8. New Ocean Policy Research Priorities
  9. Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris and Invasive Species

Membership
The OSU Marine Council members are University, coastal, and marine leaders who have primary responsibilities for resource use within the University. Members have authority over resources and the ability to make decisions and commit people and resources on behalf of their units. This existing authority will allow the Council to move quickly and with flexibility on important issues. Oregon Sea Grant Director, Stephen B. Brandt is the Chair of the Marine Council; the membership represents 18 colleges, departments, centers, and institutes.