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​Science Program

The Science Program at the South Slough Reserve is focused on understanding estuarine and upland functions, processes and ecological communities, as well links between watersheds, estuaries and nearshore marine environments. We aim to examine patterns and processes that contribute to healthy coastal and estuarine ecosystems, forests and riparian areas in the Lower Columbia biogeographic region and provide science-based information to improve coastal zone and watershed management.

As a National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) we also serve as a dedicated site for scientific investigations by our staff, visiting researchers and students, and as a source for long-term water quality and meteorological monitoring data.

Major components of the Science Program include:

Navigating data sources

NANOOS Visualization System (for real-time water quality and weather data)
  • Navigate to: Data Explorer, Fixed Platforms, scroll down to Fixed Shore Platform under the Fixed Platform tab (stations listed alphabetically - NERRS), about 1/3 the way down our sites are alphabetically listed NERRS SOS (NERRS SOSCWQ, SOSECWQ, SOSWIWQ, SOSVAWQ).  Scroll further down to Land Station, South Slough’s weather station is NERRS sostcmet.  
NERRS database (for real-time and downloadable water quality and weather data, reserve and watershed boundaries and reserve habitat map, vegetation monitoring data)
  • NERRS Database: Get Data, scroll to third application: Real Time Data Application, click To  launch the Real Time Data Application, click here, at top under Quick search of all real-time stations listed: click drop down arrow and scroll (stations listed alphabetically) to select SOSCHWQ (Charleston Bridge water quality), SOSECWQ (Elliot Creek water quality), SOSTCMET (Weather station), SOSVAWQ (Valino Island water quality), or SOSWIWQ (Winchester Creek water quality).
  • Select See Latest Observations in the Green box (Datasets) at bottom center of page, scroll down (alphabetically listed) to OR Coos Bay 8 SW and click on blue text. 

Interested in conducting research in the reserve?

The South Slough Reserve Science Center is located in Charleston, Oregon, on the campus of the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. Its location provides direct access to the South Slough, greater Coos estuary, and coast.  For more information on conducting research in the reserve please see our application for doing work in the reserve and direct all inquiries to Shon Schooler (541-888-8270, ext. 315).

Researchers at South Slough photo



South Slough Reserve Science Center
63466 Boat Basin Rd. 
Charleston, OR 97420
Phone: 541-888-8270

Shon Schooler
Lead Scientist and Research Coordinator
Phone: 541-888-8270 Ext. 315

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