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Short Citation:
Office for Coastal Management, 2023: Developing and Integrating Social Measures of Estuarine Restoration Success - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative),

Item Identification

Title: Developing and Integrating Social Measures of Estuarine Restoration Success - NERRS/NSC(NERRS Science Collaborative)
Status: Completed
Creation Date: 2020
Publication Date: 2022

Understanding why estuarine habitat restoration is viewed as successful or not is critical for evaluating completed projects and garnering support for future projects. Particularly important, and often overlooked, are the perceptions of partners and the surrounding community which play an integral role in shaping the future of coastal habitats. Restoration metrics rarely include human dimensions even though community support for restoration can promote or thwart potential projects and the long-term success of completed projects. Working with the South Slough NERR, this catalyst project worked to more fully account for and understand the impacts of estuarine habitat restoration by developing social metrics for restoration success and linking them to ecological monitoring metrics.

Using South Slough NERR, The Wetlands Conservancy, and other restoration projects in Oregon as case studies, the project involved a two-pronged approach to data collection: 1) synthesis of existing and newly collected ecological data from nine salt marsh restoration projects to derive commonly used ecological metrics and 2) focus groups in three Oregon locations (South Slough, Alsea, and Yaquina) to understand public perceptions about marshes. The team then connected the social and ecological datasets conceptually to create a matrix linking the datasets and indicating mismatches between ecological data and social values. Based on these steps, the team was able to provide recommendations to help improve restoration design and implementation, including more inclusive and effective communications surrounding estuarine restoration.


Through a 2020 catalyst project, university, reserve, and restoration practitioners partnered to understand social perceptions of saltmarsh restoration in Oregon to identify ways to better incorporate socially relevant information in restoration metrics, increase outreach efficacy and, ultimately, improve restoration success.

Supplemental Information:

Project lead and contact information:

Catherine de Rivera, Portland State University,


Portland State University

The Wetlands Conservancy

University of California, Davis

==About the data

1. Baseline and Post-Project Vegetation Dataset ("Baseline_and_post_project_data")

2. Photopoints Dataset ("Photopoints")

3. Sinuosity Dataset ("Sinuositydata_FINAL")

4. Report Mining Dataset ("Reportminingdata_FINAL")

5. Ecological Scorecard Dataset ("eco_metrics_scorecard_FINAL")

6. Raw, Deidentified Data and Factor Analysis of Qsort data (factor analysis of Qsort data)

7. Social Scorecard Dataset ("social_metrics_scorecard_FINAL")


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None channel complexity
None ecological report mining
None human values
None hydrology
None manager priorities
None marsh restoration values
None photopoint
None Q-methodology
None Q-sort
None restoration assessment
None restoration data
None saltmarsh channel
None sinuosity
None social indicators
None subjective measurement
None vegetation

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Alsea Bay
None South Slough NERR, OR
None Yaquina Bay

Data Set Information

Data Set Scope Code: Data Set
Maintenance Frequency: As Needed
Distribution Liability:

The distributor does not assume liability.

Support Roles

Data Steward

CC ID: 1261312
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413


CC ID: 1261313
Date Effective From: 2015
Date Effective To:
Contact (Organization): Office for Coastal Management (OCM)
Address: 2234 South Hobson Avenue
Charleston, SC 29405-2413

Metadata Contact

CC ID: 1261310
Date Effective From: 2017-10-31
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Cothran, Jeremy
Email Address:
View Historical Support Roles


Currentness Reference: Ground Condition

Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 1261324
W° Bound: -124.344
E° Bound: -124.26
N° Bound: 43.315
S° Bound: 43.263

South Slough, OR NERR

Extent Group 1 / Time Frame 1

CC ID: 1261323
Time Frame Type: Range
Start: 2021-01
End: 2022-03

Access Information

Security Class: Unclassified
Data Access Constraints:


Data Use Constraints:

Cite this dataset when used as a source: NOAA retains the right to analyze, synthesize and publish summaries of the NERRS/NSC data. The NERRS/NSC retains the right to be fully credited for having collected and process the data. Following academic courtesy standards, the NERR site where the data were collected should be contacted and fully acknowledged in any subsequent publications in which any part of the data are used. The data enclosed within this package/transmission are only as accurate as the quality assurance and quality control procedures that are described in the associated metadata reporting statement allow. The user bears all responsibility for its subsequent use/misuse in any further analyses or comparisons. The Federal government does not assume liability to the Recipient or third persons, nor will the Federal government reimburse or indemnify the Recipient for its liability due to any losses resulting in any way from the use of this data. Requested citation format: NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative(NSC).

Distribution Information

Distribution 1

CC ID: 1261314
Download URL:
Distributor: Office for Coastal Management (OCM) (2015 - Present)
File Name: deRivera20
File Type (Deprecated): Multiple formats



CC ID: 1261315
Name: deRivera20
URL Type:
Online Resource

data files


CC ID: 1261316
Name: deRivera20
URL Type:
Online Resource

R software files


CC ID: 1261317
Name: deRivera20
URL Type:
Online Resource

project webpage

Data Quality



Quality Control Procedures Employed:

This information is detailed within the project links.


Lineage Statement:

This information is detailed within the project links.



CC ID: 1261320

Process Steps

Process Step 1

CC ID: 1261321


Process Contact: Office for Coastal Management (OCM)

Child Items

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 70280
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:70280
Metadata Record Created By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Created: 2023-07-13 14:55+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: Jeremy Cothran
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2023-07-13 17:15+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2023-07-13
Owner Org: OCM
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2019-11-08
Metadata Review Frequency: 3 Years
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-11-08