Oregon MarineMap is a web-based tool for open and participatory spatial planning in the marine environment. It was developed to support Goal 19 of Oregon's Statewide Planning program 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." MarineMap was used during the amendment process for Part V of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan concerning marine renewable energy development.
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.
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 allows 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 provides 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.
The most recent version of Oregon MarineMap exists as a Google Earth standalone file and may be obtained via the link below.
Print versions of the resource inventory maps be be viewed via the following link: Territorial Sea Plan Part V, Appendix B: Map Designations (PDF). This document contains maps of the many resource inventory layers that were considered when the OPAC Territorial Sea Plan Working Group recommended areas to be designated as suitable for potential marine renewable energy development. The maps delineate areas within the territorial sea based on the resources and uses present within them, and to which the review standards apply.