Upcoming Events

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, Greg Guannel and Gregg Vertutes of the Natural Capital Project, and Joey Bernhardt of the University of British Columbia. It is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Climate-Smart Adaptation: Vulnerability Assessment Results and Next Steps for the North-central California Coast and Ocean

Event Date: 
Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5pm GMT

Learn how the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary MPA is planning for climate-smart adaptation and how you might be able to use the same approach. Sara Hutto will present the results of a vulnerability assessment for species, habitats and ecosystem services in the North-central California region. Application of the vulnerability assessment, scenario planning, and the formation of a working group to develop adaptive management recommendations will also be discussed. To learn more about how the assessment was conducted, please view the August 2014 webinar presentation, A Climate-Smart Approach to Adaptive Management of North-central California Coast and Ocean Resources.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.

Lessons in Managing Public Space: From Public Lands to the EEZ

Event Date: 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1 pm EDT / 10 am PDT / 5 pm GMT

Presented by Morgan Gopnik of Environmental Policy Consulting, and co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

One of the most recent trends in ocean management has been the introduction of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) to reconcile multiple human objectives, including economic growth and ecosystem protection, within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). A very similar balancing act has been practiced for decades on U.S. public lands with varying degrees of success. A recently released book, From the Forest to the Sea: Public Lands Management and Marine Spatial Planning by Dr. Morgan Gopnik, shows that the complex and frequently contentious story of the U.S. National Forests can be instructive to ocean managers. Her analysis shows how land management approaches evolved over time and reveals the ambiguities and contradictions inherent in multiple-use management of any public space. This webinar will discuss how members of the ocean community might achieve their goals more effectively by learning from the experiences of their land-based counterparts.

***Interested in reading the book? One lucky webinar attendee will win a free copy of From the Forest to the Sea: Public Lands Management and Marine Spatial Planning!***

Indigenous Knowledge and Use of Ocean Currents in the Bering Strait Region

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 6pm GMT

In this webinar, Julie Raymond-Yakoubian of Kawerak, Inc. will present a recently completed project on indigenous knowledge and use of ocean currents. She will share perspectives on the importance of traditional understandings of ocean currents as a critical aspect of the body of knowledge held by communities in the region, how this knowledge was collected, and the modern-day practical applications of this knowledge for marine policy, planning, and safety considerations. Examples of where this knowledge is currently being used will also be presented.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.

Where's My Fish? New Tools to Visualize Climate and Other Impacts on Marine Animals

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 1am PDT / 5pm GMT

Presented by Malin Pinsky of Rutgers University and Jon Hare of NOAA.

By 2100, ocean waters are expected to be substantially warmer than they are today, with profound effects on fisheries. One of the most commonly observed impacts of climate change is through shifts in species distributions, and recent evidence suggests that marine fish and invertebrates closely follow climate velocity (the rate and direction that isotherms move across the seascape). Despite broad recognition of impacts, however, incorporating climate considerations into fisheries management has been challenging. Here, we describe a new web-based tool that will help managers, scientists, fishermen, and the public track shifts in the distribution of the nation’s marine fish and other animals with changing ocean conditions. The OceanAdapt website is the result of a partnership between NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University that annually aggregates marine biological survey data from around North America. The effort is part of the growing trend towards open science and can help in the preparation of climate vulnerability analyses or in the prioritization of species for more focused adaptation efforts. Learn more about OceanAdapt at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2014/12/oceanadapt_trackingfish.html.

Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network.