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 Plan 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.
Final Report on the Nearshore Research Inventory Project
Presentation on the Nearshore Research Inventory Project
Final Report of the Nearshore Task Force: “Recommended Long-Term Funding and Coordination Strategy for Implementing Nearshore Priorities of Oregon”