The South Slough estuary encompasses a complete environmental gradient of marine, estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats. As such, the South Slough NERR provides an ideal setting for studying estuarine processes and issues, investigations that are applicable to coastal zone management problems.
The Research Program will focus efforts during this planning period on increasing use of the Reserve by visiting researchers and as a site for research that has direct relevance to management of the larger Coos estuary. The Reserve will continue to participate in NERRS research initiatives, and plans to expand the SWMP. Additionally, South Slough NERR has identified several priorities for research over the course of this planning period.