PISCO is a long-term ecological monitoring consortium led by researchers at Oregon State University, Stanford University, University of California at Santa Cruz, and University of California at Santa Barbara.
We host many research projects as well as teaching and outreach events at Hatfield Marine Science Center, which is Oregon State University's coastal campus. Recent activities include volunteering at the annual Marine Science Day and conducting an experiment using the seawater mesocosm facility to assess larval sponge survival under different acidification conditions.
Oceanographic Data AND Coastal Monitoring
The Oregon Coastal Ocean Observing System provides current conditions, 24 hour forecasts, and 48 hour forecasts for surface temperature, currents, and salinity.
Oregon and California have mixed semidiurnal tides, with two low tides and two high tides each day. We conduct field work around the lower low tide during spring tide periods, and base our schedule on the Newport and Port Orford NOAA tidal monitoring stations. We assess swell conditions using the coastal waters forecasts for northern OR and southern OR.
Surfline offers current conditions of tide height, surf height, swell height, wind speed and direction, surface temperature, and local weather for numerous beaches along the west coast.