Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets

Oceanography

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is a fascinating and varied oceanographic environment:

  • Powerful storms blow in from the North Pacific during the winter;
  • cold, deep ocean waters come up through canyons in the continental shelf;
  • fresh water from the Columbia River can sweep along the shelf and dominate the surface waters; and
  • cool eddies swirl along the US/Canadian border.
illustration of coastal upwelling

The sanctuary is the ocean, so ocean conditions are of paramount importance to everything going on in the sanctuary, whether it's a bloom of algae, an oil spill, a reduction of the crab population, or even how cold the water is for swimmers. For some basic information on sanctuary oceanography, check out our Ocean Environment page.

Oceanographer Rick Fletcher deploys a research mooring from R/V Tatoosh.
Oceanographer Patrick A'Hearn deploys a research mooring from RV Tatoosh.
The sanctuary conducts and encourages research on a number of oceanographic topics of concern to both the sanctuary and our resource partners. We all have individual research programs, but we try to work collaboratively to leverage and supplement large-scale projects with numerous partners and agencies such as various branches of NOAA, the four coastal treaty tribes, universities, state government and non-governmental organizations.

Our research focuses on the following topics:
Here is a map of our oceanographic mooring sites.

map of Washington State oceanographic buoys

Map of Washington State oceanographic buoys


Also see Oceanography Projects for brief, annual summaries of oceanography projects.



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photo of a buoy on the ocean
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