Comparing Coastal Spheres in Oregon and Washington

by Richard P. Gale, Univ of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA,
Marc L. Miller, Univ of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


This paper introduces the concept of a 'coastal sphere' and illustrates its use by applying it to two such spheres located in the Pacific Northwest. A sphere includes a coastal community no larger than 45,000 population and the cluster of small villages which are oriented to it. The coastal sphere concept is central to development of systematic, comparative analyses that will assist coastal communities to more effectively assess and solve problems confronting them. The paper concludes with a tentative typology which might be used to categorize the more than 250 coastal spheres bordering the oceans and Great Lakes of the United States.

Subject Headings: Spheres | Ocean engineering | Coastal engineering | Comparative studies | Lakes | Social factors | Coastal management | United States | Oregon | Washington | Pacific Northwest | Great Lakes

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