Coral reef ecosystems are the oceanic equivalent of tropical rainforests, in terms of biodiversity. The estimated 1,037,000 square kilometers worldwide of reef provide
habitat for over one million species of plants and animals (Hinrichsen, 1997). Coral reefs are important to the economy of coastal nations because of the fisheries and...
"This report is organized as follows. First, the
objectives and methods used are outlined. Background
information follows, including what is known about the
extent, past alterations, and condition of wetlands in
Oregon today; the status of wetland restoration in the U.S.
and in Oregon; definitions of important terms; the functions...
In this paper, I will analyze the nature of these
problems and examine how recent approaches to SLRA have
dealt with them. In addition, a framework for assessing the
potential impacts of sea level rise is proposed, drawing
upon the ecological concept of resilience (Holling 1978,
Oregon's estuaries have been significantly altered by human activity, so that many former tidal wetlands no longer provide the functions, such as fish and wildlife habitat, erosion protection from storms, and water quality maintenance, that preserve the integrity of estuarine ecosystems. Oregon has been a leader in wetland protection and...
This paper focuses on the role of natural resources information in Oregon legislative
policy-making, based on the two legislative case studies from the 1991 Legislative Session,
surveys conducted of state natural resource agency legislative liaisons, and a review of
current literature addressing policy-making and the role of science in policy-making....
The product of my internship was a working draft of a land use and master plan
for the SPC to review. The draft is to be used for creating a more comprehensive land use
and zoning master plan. Attempts were made to incorporate input from federal, state,
and local governments,...
The coastal zone is the area where the land, sea, air meet.
It has a unique combination of characteristics which favor human
development, trade and industry.
"Coastal climates are more moderate and stable than those of
the interior of the continents, and are usually associated with
sufficient rainfall to sustain...