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Doing Business As Name:Oregon State University
  • Demian A Bailey
  • (541) 737-4933
Award Date:03/18/2005
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ NaN
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 14,662,871
  • FY 2011=$1,927,123
  • FY 2006=$1,140,127
  • FY 2008=$2,982,452
  • FY 2005=$2,806,936
  • FY 2009=$1,775,616
  • FY 2010=$2,390,131
  • FY 2007=$1,640,486
Start Date:03/01/2005
End Date:08/31/2012
Transaction Type: Cooperative Agreements
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.050
Primary Program Source:490100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:Ship Operations, R/V Wecoma
Federal Award ID Number:0504814
DUNS ID:053599908
Parent DUNS ID:053599908
Program Officer:
  • Rose Dufour
  • (703) 292-8811

Awardee Location

Awardee Cong. District:04

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Oregon State University
Cong. District:04

Abstract at Time of Award

Project Summary Oregon State University proposes to operate the Research Vessel WECOMA in support of National Science Foundation (NSF) funded scientific research at sea. WECOMA'S primary purpose is to support oceanographic and atmospheric research throughout the Northeastern Pacific for a variety of scientists from around the United States and overseas. The funded research is expected to enhance understanding of various oceanic, geophysical/geological and atmospheric processes, contribute to ecological knowledge in the study areas and provide opportunities for graduate students in atmospheric and oceanic science to gain research experience at sea. WECOMA, an "Intermediate" sized oceanographic research vessel, is well suited to meet the support needs of the research at an economic cost. In 2005, the ship has a schedule of 236 days, of which 214 will directly support NSF funded research. The ship is owned by NSF and is operated by OSU. A five year cooperative agreement will be issued and budgets from 2006-2009 will be renegotiated yearly and will depend on the number of days in support of NSF funded research programs. The ship serves as a platform for the funded research programs. Broader Impacts WECOMA, as part of Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, provides educational and at-sea research opportunities for graduate, and occasionally undergraduate, students. In '04 two "teachers at sea" were able to participate in a cruise by an OSU PI. WECOMA has hosted a number of tours for students from Oregon schools. Public open houses are held when the schedule allows, including participation in the Hatfield Marine Science Center's annual "HMSeaFest." A variety of OSU and NOAA researchers associated with OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center have been featured in articles in Oregon and Washington newspapers as well as coverage on TV and radio news featuring their NSF and NOAA funded work on WECOMA. Our own web site, along with those maintained by PI's, track WECOMA's daily progress and provide insight into the science being done on the vessel. In addition to supporting the R/V WECOMA, OSU's Ship Operations facility in Newport, OR manages the UNOLS/NSF West Coast Van Pool and provides berthing space and logistics support for other research vessels. The van pool currently has a radioisotope van, cold van and general lab van in inventory.

Project Outcomes Report


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The broader impacts and technical merit of the research supported by WECOMA is addressed in the individual science proposals.  Between 2008 and 2012 WECOMA supported research funded primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and secondarily by the Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR).  Principal Investigators (PIs) were primarily from OSU and NOAA as well as others from the U of W and WHOI.   The supported research included scientists and graduate students from a variety of academic institutions as well as federal agencies.  Work conducted by the WECOMA will include biologic, chemical, physical and geological oceanographic investigations along with atmospheric science studies.  The research supported enhanced understanding of various oceanic and atmospheric processes, contributed to ecologic knowledge in the study areas, and provided opportunities for graduate students in atmospheric and oceanic science to gain research experience at sea. 

 WECOMA also provided opportunities for those not normally involved in oceanographic research to occasionally participate in at-sea operations.  This has included various undergraduate students from several academic institutions, “Teachers at Sea” and v OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center’s (HMSC) volunteer group.

 The ship also participates in public open houses including the yearly HMSC “Sea Fest” as the ship’s schedule allows.  The Sea Fest provides an opportunity for OSU scientists using WECOMA to describe their research to the public. Other public tours included: 20 new undergraduate students in an Oceanography class, the annual COAS new graduate student tour, volunteers with the Public Programs at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, HMSC Visitor Center volunteers, 20 students and teachers from the Yamhill-Carlton HS Marine Science class, students and teachers from the Eddyville Charter and Kennedy High Schools, and Linfield College marine biology students.

Wecoma remains out of service until mid- March, and her schedule this year is dominated by short local cruises. CMOP has three cruises: one in April which includes servicing of Murray Levine’s mooring at NH-10, one in early June (led by Tawnya Peterson, OHSU) and another in late September (led by Byron Crump, OHSU). Anne Trehu (OSU) has two short cruises to study microseismic events. In August, Tim Cowles (OSU) uses a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) system to study thin layers of plankton in the Oregon coastal upwelling system.


Last Modified: 10/09/2012
Modified by: Demian A Bailey

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