MarineMap is a web-based decision support tool for open and participatory spatial planning in the marine environment, it is particularly helpful when there is the need for simultaneous consideration of multiple objectives and associated trade-offs.

In July of 2010 Ecotrust was retained by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to lead the development of Oregon MarineMap to support the State’s marine spatial planning efforts. MarineMap is a product of the MarineMap Consortium, which is composed of developers at the University of California Santa Barbara, Ecotrust, and The Nature Conservancy.

Oregon MarineMap development will support the on-going public process to update the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP), which requires the State “to conserve marine resources and ecological functions for the purpose of providing long-term ecological, economic, and social value and benefits to future generations”. Goal 19 requires the State “to protect and encourage the beneficial uses of ocean resources such as navigation, food production, recreation, aesthetic enjoyment, and uses of the seafloor—provided that such activities do not adversely affect the resources protected”.

Through data visualization, real-time analysis, and reporting, the primary goal of Oregon MarineMap is to provide resource managers, scientists, stakeholders, and the public a means to conduct transparent and collaborative coastal and marine spatial planning. Oregon MarineMap will allow users to collectively explore and analyze marine geospatial information to identify suitable areas for renewable ocean energy with consideration for existing uses and the conservation of marine resources and ecological functions.

More specifically, Oregon MarineMap will provide users with the ability to:

  • Visualize social, economic, and ecological attributes of coastal areas;
  • Spatially locate various uses and activities;
  • Generate reports that assess the application of certain uses according to pre-defined guidelines, ecological conditions and socio-economic factors; and
  • Share information and analytical results with other users.