Upcoming Events

Restoring the Resilience of Caribbean Coral Reefs

Event Date: 
Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 1pm EST / 10am PST / 6pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by Jeremy Jackson of the Smithsonian Institution and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Dr. Jackson will present on the new report Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012. The report is a result of a three-year joint effort of the International Coral Reef Initiative’s (ICRI) Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). It is the most detailed and comprehensive study of its kind published to date and is the result of the work of nearly 200 experts over the course of three years. Average Caribbean coral cover declined by half but varies greatly among locations with some sites showing little or no decline. The principal drivers of reef degradation so far have been local impacts of overfishing and coastal development that are potentially reversible by local action. Banning destructive fishing and strengthening coastal zone management would increase resilience of Caribbean reefs to the inevitable future impacts of climate change. Download the report at www.iucn.org/knowledge/publications_doc/publications/?uPubsID=5035.

The Blue Carbon Mapping Toolkit

Event Date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST / 6 pm GMT

The Blue Carbon Mapping Toolkit is a unique suit of tools developed by AGEDI, GRID-Arendal, and UNEP-WCMC to broadly assess the impact of development on coastal marine ecosystems and the associated blue carbon stocks in Abu Dhabi. The tool consists of three components; a web based application to add, edit and validate areas of habitat; a mobile application for use in the field; and a public-facing site that enables decision makers to quickly assess blue carbon stocks in their area of interest. This webinar will dive into how the toolkit works to provide an accurate, evolving map of blue carbon habitats. Learn more at http://bluecarbon.unep-wcmc.org.

This webinar will be presented by Tim Wilkinson of the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Center, and it is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

An Ocean of Story Maps by Dawn Wright of ESRI

Event Date: 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 2 pm EST / 11 am PST / 7 pm GMT

The story map is a relatively new medium for sharing not only data, photos, videos, sounds, and maps, but for telling a specific and compelling story by way of that content. Story map apps provide the user with sophisticated cartographic functionality that does not require advanced training in cartography or GIS. Story maps are essentially web map applications built from web maps, which in turn are built from web-accessible data (including OGC WMS, WFS). Depending on the chosen complexity of a story map, it can be built in anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. With the beauty and utility of underlays such as the Esri Ocean Basemap, as well as a small tsunami of ocean content percolating up through a host of open data sites, there are powerful stories being told about coastal zone management, conservation, exploration and other forms of scientific field work. These stories are informing, educating, entertaining, and inspiring decision-makers on a wide variety of coastal issues. This presentation will take the audience on a small tour of a growing catalog of coastal and ocean story maps, many of which are accessible via MarineCadastre.gov and NOAA’s Digital Coast. It will also highlight the various resources available for building and deploying story maps, and discuss the utility of this medium for presenting, not just photos and videos, but more analytical results. Learn more about Story Maps at http://storymaps.esri.com. Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network and OpenChannels.org.

Application of the Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) to New York and Connecticut

Event Date: 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 2 pm EST / 11 am PST / 7 pm GMT

In 2013, the states of New York and Connecticut and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission funded the application of the Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) to the entire coast of New York and Long Island Sound. Model simulations incorporated the most up-to-date wetland layers and hydro-enforced LiDAR-derived elevation data with an extensive tide range database and dynamic marsh accretion feedbacks based on mechanistic models of marsh and water quality characteristics. Simulations were run under four New York-specific scenarios of future sea level rise. Stochastic uncertainty analyses were completed, providing confidence intervals for projections, spatial maps showing likelihood of land conversions, and statistical indicators to characterize possible future outcomes and thus better assist decision making. This presentation will discuss the SLAMM application and results, with a focus on the results of the uncertainty analyses and their implications for identifying appropriate planning, management, and adaptation strategies. Learn more at www.warrenpinnacle.com.

This webinar will be presented by Amy Polaczyk of Warren Pinnacle Consulting. It is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Estimating Blue Carbon Storage in Texas Coastal Wetlands

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST / 6 pm GMT

Blue Carbon is a term used to define carbon that is stored and sequestered in coastal wetland habitats. Wetland habitats found along the Gulf Coast of Texas include coastal salt marshes, fresh water marshes, swamps, seagrass beds, and mangroves. All of these habitats are capable of storing, or “sinking”, significant quantities of carbon in their plant matter and soils. The Nature Conservancy’s Texas Blue Carbon Analysis estimated the total amount of carbon stored in coastal wetlands along the coast of Texas. These estimates are based on three “pools” of carbon that are associated with terrestrial and wetland plant communities: 1) above ground biomass (plant material), 2) below ground biomass (roots), and 3) soils. The study site was a zone that extended 10 kilometers inland from the entire Texas coastline. Carbon modeling was done using the InVEST Terrestrial Carbon model (www.naturalcapitalproject.org/InVEST.html). The results of this analysis are designed to help prioritize conservation/restoration activities in wetlands in order to maximize the benefits they provide to all of society. Currently only about 28% of the coastal wetlands analyzed in this study are found within protected conservation and management areas.

This webinar will be presented by Jorge Brenner of The Nature Conservancy and Greg Guannel of the Natural Capital Project, and it is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.