The National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) are uniquely positioned across the U.S. to assess climate change impacts and the sensitivity of representative coastal habitats to them. The NERRS Climate Sensitivity Study identified key anthropogenic and climatic stressors affecting each reserve’s ecological and social landscape and then analyzed the social and bio-physical sensitivity to these stressors. Presenters will share key findings from this study, and the Tijuana River Reserve in California will discuss their collaborative efforts to develop a vulnerability assessment that informs an Adaptation Strategy to address sea level rise and riverine flooding. Webinar co-hosted by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and OpenChannels.
“Sentinel sites” are areas with the capacity for sustained ocean observations to track environmental change. Within national marine sanctuaries, these observations are focused on ecological integrity and early warning indicators in order to inform decisions by resource managers. Monitoring data, characterization and applied research efforts are the backbone of the sentinel site program. The presentation will illustrate how Sanctuaries are serving as sentinel sites. Environmental monitoring plays an integral role in management actions such as response, mitigation, restoration, management plan review, permitting, enforcement, and education. Sanctuaries are also designing web capabilities to deliver sentinel site information to managers and other users. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, The EBM Tools Network, and EcoAdapt.
Coastal Resilience 2.0 is a suite of interactive tools to help decision-makers assess risk and identify nature-based solutions to reduce socio-economic vulnerability to coastal hazards. The tools allow users to interactively examine storm surge, sea level rise, natural resources, and economic assets and to develop risk reduction and restoration solutions in an easy-to-use web-based map interface. Since their first release, the Coastal Resilience tools have been used extensively including in disaster preparedness planning in Connecticut, mangrove and reef restoration in Grenada, oyster reef restoration planning in the Gulf of Mexico, and sea-level rise planning in the Florida Keys. Coastal Resilience 2.0 features major enhancements including U.S. national and global applications and innovative “apps”. In addition to the U.S. national and global applications, the tools cover eight U.S. states (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey), two specific U.S. locations (Puget Sound, WA, and Ventura County, CA), four countries in Latin America (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras), and three island nations in the Caribbean (Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, U.S Virgin Islands). Learn more at www.maps.coastalresilience.org and www.nature.org/newsfeatures/pressreleases/the-nature-conservancy-and-partners-release-version-20-of-coastal-resilience.xml. Webinar co-sponsored by the The EBM Tools Network and EcoAdapt.
To correctly value ecosystem services both today and when considering future climate change and adaptation strategies, we must properly account for service supply by ecosystems, demand by people, and service flows from ecosystems to people. This webinar will present two case studies of the use of two spatially explicit approaches to providing this information: a biophysical modeling tool, the Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES) system and a survey-based approach to map cultural ecosystem services, Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES). These modeling and valuation tools are being used in partnership with several Federal agencies to answer questions about climate change and adaptation in coastal North Carolina and for coral reefs in Maui. Learn more about ARIES at www.ariesonline.org and SolVES at http://solves.cr.usgs.gov. Webinar co-hosted by the EBM Tools Network. Register for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/430384376.