Oregon Field Guide

Dead Zone Update

A one time dead zone off Oregon’s coast turns out not to be an isolated incident. Oxygen levels are plummeting every summer now. Scientists deploy an army of sensors, including a diving robot explorer, to learn what’s changed in our ocean.

First Broadcast: 2010
Producer: Vince Patton
Videographer/Editor: Todd Sonflieth
Videographer: Michael Bendixen
Animation Courtesy of: Alan Dennis & Jack Barth, OSU
Video courtesy of: Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

More Information
Hypoxia Info
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National Science Foundation: Dead Zone videos
National Science Foundation: Robot Diving Gliders
OSU: Warming Climate increases Dead Zones


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