Upcoming Events

Keeping the Promise of Sydney - Next Steps for the Marine Agenda from the World Parks Congress

Event Date: 
Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST / 6 pm GMT

In this webinar, Lauren Wenzel, Acting Director of the NOAA National MPA Center, and Dan Laffoley, Marine Vice Chair for IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, will present on coastal and marine recommendations and next steps from November's landmark global forum on world parks.

Read a summary of OpenChannels’ coverage of the Worlds Park Congress at http://openchannels.org/blog/nwehner/everything-marine-you-need-know-2014-world-parks-congress.

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

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.

This webinar will be presented by Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri, and Jenny Lentz, Education Specialist at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Assessing Data-Limited Fisheries: the Framework for Integrated Stock and Habitat Evaluation (FISHE)

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1 pm EST / 10 am PST / 6 pm GMT

Thousands of commercial and recreational fisheries exist worldwide, representing an important component of many countries' economies and supporting billions of people around the world who rely on healthy oceans for food and income. Yet the health and status of most fish stocks remain unknown due to the high cost and complex nature of stock assessments. Stock assessment information is vital as it informs important decisions on how fisheries are managed, impacting species’ ability to recover, fishermen’s ability to make a living and the availability of fish which billions of people around the world rely on as a source of protein.

The Framework for Integrated Stock and Habitat Evaluation (FISHE) equips fishery managers with a low-cost and highly effective online resource to assess and sustainably manage their data-limited fishery. FISHE simplifies the intricate fishery assessment process by walking users through a structured step-by-step framework that combines multiple methods. This webinar will walk users through the FISHE framework and describe how EDF has worked in Belize to implement this data-limited approach. To try out FISHE yourself, please visit http://fishe.edf.org.

This webinar will be presented by Rod Fujita and Kendra Karr of Environmental Defense Fund, and it is cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

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.