Often there are gaps in the complex interface between science, knowledge, and practice in addressing coastal and marine issues.
We seek to understand why, what, and how individuals and communities perceive and make decisions about coastal and marine topics and issues.
- Assess culturally relevant stakeholder perceptions about coastal and marine issues.
- Evaluate the role of the arts and how its myriad forms can capture community perceptions and communicate the ocean’s complexities, benefits, and values.
- Determine how individuals and communities value and make decisions about market (e.g., development, tourism) and non-market (e.g., sense of place, spiritual/heritage values) benefits of coastal and ocean resources.
We seek to support public learning and informed decision making through educational programming, product development, research, and stakeholder engagement.
- Design, deliver, and evaluate accessible, effective, high-quality programming and products to respond to stakeholder needs and priorities as well as enhance knowledge, understanding, and accessibility of coastal and marine issues.
- Assess and support citizen science efforts in Oregon coastal communities.
Understanding communities of place and practice, their beliefs and valuation, and why certain decisions are made will support the development of strategies to address some of the challenges noted in the other thematic areas, such as acute and chronic hazards, coastal development, and evolving fisheries needs and issues.