Community Partner

Sea Grant Oregon

First Advisor

Elise Granek

Date of Award

Summer 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Environmental Management (MEM)


Environmental Science and Management




Coastal zone management -- Oregon -- Decision making, Information resources, Policy sciences




Changing climatic conditions, demographics, and land uses are projected to alter the provisioning of ecosystem services in estuarine, coastal and nearshore marine ecosystems, necessitating mitigation and adaptation policies and management. The current paradigm of siloed research efforts occurring in parallel to, rather than in collaboration with, decision-makers will be insufficient for the rapid responses required to adapt to and mitigate for projected changing conditions in coastal areas. Here, I suggest a different paradigm: one where research begins by engaging decision-makers in the identification of priority research needs (biophysical, economic, and social), and in which researchers analyze and present data in a format most accessible to decision makers for implementing immediate changes. This paper provides insight into the varied demands for scientific research as described by decision makers on the Oregon coast by synthesizing interview data into a comprehensive portfolio of current scientific research needs and important ecosystem services. This research is an important first step in advancing efforts to develop scientific data that meet the needs of policy and decision makers working with evidence-based decision making to preserve ecosystem services.


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A project report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Environmental Management.

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