Oregon Statutes - Chapter 352 - State and Independent Institutions of Higher Education - Section 352.247 - Oregon Climate Change Research Institute.

(1) There is created within the Department of Higher Education the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute. The institute shall be administered by Oregon State University and institutional partners within the Oregon University System.

(2) The purpose of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute is to:

(a) Facilitate research by Oregon University System faculty on climate change and its effects on natural and human systems in Oregon;

(b) Serve as a clearinghouse for climate change information;

(c) Provide climate change information to the public in integrated and accessible formats;

(d) Support the Oregon Global Warming Commission in developing strategies to prepare for and to mitigate the effects of climate change on natural and human systems; and

(e) Provide technical assistance to local governments to assist them in developing climate change policies, practices and programs.

(3) The Oregon Climate Change Research Institute shall assess, at least once each biennium, the state of climate change science, including biological, physical and social science, as it relates to Oregon and the likely effects of climate change on the state. The institute shall submit the assessment to the Legislative Assembly in the manner provided in ORS 192.245 and to the Governor.

(4) State agencies may contract with the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute to fulfill agency needs regarding the collection, storage, integration, analysis, dissemination and monitoring of climate change information, research and training. [2007 c.907 §15]

Note: 352.247 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 352 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

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