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The Oregon Nearshore Research Inventory Project : the importance of science and the scientific research community in marine spatial planning

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dc.contributor.advisor Barth, John A.
dc.creator Sherman, Kate (Katherine Joanna Hav)
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-27T17:06:08Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-27T17:06:08Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-05-31
dc.date.issued 2012-05-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/30224
dc.description Graduation date: 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of Oregon's Nearshore Research Inventory (NRI) project was to inventory and map the current and future use of Oregon's nearshore environment by the scientific research community for use in Oregon's marine spatial planning process. Spatial and qualitative data on the use of Oregon's ocean and coast by the scientific research community was collected using ethnographic research methods, including the geographic distribution of research, the people who are conducting scientific research, timeline for scientific research, and more. Through the NRI project, Oregon's Territorial Sea amendment process became the first marine spatial planning process in the world, other than through ocean zoning (e.g. Australia's Great Barrier Reef and China), to comprehensively recognize the scientific community as a stakeholder. This thesis contains the methods used to create the NRI database, interview the scientific community, and includes future recommendations for managers and the scientific community based on the results of the NRI. As new uses, such as wave energy extraction, get proposed along coastlines and in the ocean, marine spatial planning (MSP) can be a tool to reduce conflict and find compatible uses of ocean and coastal space. Sound science needs to be used to understand social, ecological, and economic components to ocean and coastal resources and make tradeoff decisions about ocean and coastal space use in the MSP process. The results of the NRI project demonstrate the need to recognize that the scientific research community as a stakeholder in the MSP process. Their use of ocean and coastal space helps provide the sound scientific information that is needed to make ecosystem-based management decisions. Interruptions in long-term scientific research and monitoring could limit the availability of scientific information for use in future management decisions. There are also other values to comprehensively inventorying use of the ocean and coast by the scientific community. Spatial data about where people conduct scientific research provides information for potential collaboration amongst the scientific community and between scientists and non-scientists. It also identifies data gaps, which can then be filled to help have a more comprehensive understanding of ocean and coastal issues. The NRI can act as a template for other states to include the scientific community as a stakeholder in a MSP process, and as a template for a regional inventory of scientific research which can be useful for ecosystem based approaches to management. Overall, there should be value placed on sound scientific information for management decisions and the scientific community as a stakeholder in the marine spatial planning process, as demonstrated through the NRI. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation North Coast Explorer en_US
dc.subject marine spatial planning en_US
dc.subject wave energy en_US
dc.subject science in management decisions en_US
dc.subject stakeholders en_US
dc.subject territorial sea plan en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Marine resources -- Oregon en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Marine resources -- Oregon -- Management en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Coastal zone management -- Oregon en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Marine sciences -- Research -- Oregon en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Marine ecosystem management -- Oregon
dc.title The Oregon Nearshore Research Inventory Project : the importance of science and the scientific research community in marine spatial planning en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Marine Resource Management en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Lanier, Andrew S.
dc.contributor.committeemember Conway, Flaxen
dc.description.peerreview no en_us

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