|Monitoring and Evaluation of Spatially Managed Marine Areas (MESMA)||
Presented by Oscar Bos of IMARES, and Vanessa Stelzenmüller of the Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries. Created by the European Community, the MESMA framework is a step-wise approach to the evaluation and monitoring of spatially managed marine areas. The framework provides guidance on the selection, mapping, and assessment of ecosystem components and human pressures. It also addresses the evaluation of management effectiveness and potential adaptations to management, including governance. The webinar will highlight the framework and geospatial tools for implementing it. Learn more about MESMA at http://www.mesma.org. This webinar was co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, OpenChannels.org, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network.
|February 25, 2014|
|Ecosystem Services Harmonization in Theory and Practice||
Presented by Evangelia Drakou of the EC's Joint Research Centre. The scientific community and policy makers recognize marine and coastal ecosystem services (MCES) as extremely important for human survival. Peer reviewed assessments to date, however, have used a variety of terms and classifications for ES which have caused confusion and misinterpretation of the results and hindered communication among involved parties. The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre research group has reviewed the scientific literature to assess the state of the art of existing MCES assessments, identify gaps and limitations, and propose ways forward. A wide variety of methodologies, terminologies, and ES classification systems were identified. Based on the existing approaches, the research group also identified the main research gaps, proposed an integrated ES classification system, and gave clear definitions of ES tailored to the marine environment. This webinar will demonstrate this work and will go beyond the scientific component by exploring potential practical implications. We will discuss the applicability of the integrated MCES classification system for systematically organizing MCES information and enabling interoperability among existing MCES online platforms. Learn more about this project at http://ges.jrc.ec.europa.eu. This webinar was co-sponsored by Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership and the EBM Tools Network.
|February 5, 2014|
|Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Face of Climate Change in North Carolina and Hawaii||
Presented by Ken Bagstad of USGS. 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 and EcoAdapt.
|January 22, 2014|
|Coastal Resilience 2.0||
Presented by Zach Ferdaña and Nicole Love of The Nature Conservancy. 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.
|January 14, 2014|
|MPAs as Sentinel Sites||
Presented by Steve Gittings of NOAA. “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-hosted by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, EcoAdapt, and The EBM Tools Network.
|January 9, 2014|
|Assessing Habitat and Community Sensitivity to Climate Change Impacts||
Presented by Jeff Crooks of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and Dwight Trueblood of NOAA. 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 The EBM Tools Network.
|December 12, 2013|
|Demonstration of Marinexplore||
Presented by John Graybeal and Chris Kalima of Marinexplore. Making sense of the increasing volume of complex ocean data is a difficult and time-consuming task. Marinexplore is a “big data platform” to help offshore industry, marine logistics, scientists, and government organizations reduce data processing time and make informed decisions faster. Marinexplore handles all spatial data types; relates data to location, depth, and time; and allows for visualization and analysis of diverse data types on a single platform. Learn more at Marinexplore.org. Webinar co-hosted by the EBM Tools Network.
|December 3, 2013|
|Impacts of Sea Level Rise on National Parks||
Presented by Rebecca Beavers and Courtney Schupp of the US National Park Service. Climate change and sea level rise will challenge National Park efforts to protect natural and cultural resources and to provide visitor access and recreational opportunities. Learn how several national parks are addressing these challenges: collecting baseline data on archaeological sites that are vulnerable to rising water levels and associated changes in biological activity and visitor use; incorporating barrier island processes into long-term development plans including visitor facilities; and engaging in a regional multi-agency effort to restore coastal areas impacted by a major hurricane.Webinar co-hosted by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and The EBM Tools Network.
|November 14, 2013|
|Webinar on Apps for Marine Conservation||
Presented by Jake Levenson and Brad Winney of Conserve.IO. Understanding changes to animal and plant species and their environments is crucial to the long-term well-being of our planet, but current methods for recording and publishing conservation data are antiquated, proprietary and expensive. Conserve.IO is deploying mobile, web and crowdsourcing technology to simplify and scale the collection of conservation data and make that data more actionable. Conserve.IO founders worked with NOAA's Stellwagwen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to build Whale Alert. Whale Alert is the first mobile application to make the process of complying with regulations intended to protect right whales in the N.E. United States much easier, and potentially, reduce the number of fatal whale strikes. Conserve.IO is now working to bring this functionality across the spectrum of critically endangered species and habitats. Current app platforms include Spotter and Alert. Spotter uses smart phone GPS to facilitate geo-data collection and provides a customizable data driven back-end, cloud-based data collection and synchronization. It incorporates multiple base-map layers such as bathymetry and imagery and can incorporate alerts zones. Alert automatically displays GPS triggered "Do's and Don'ts" by species, seasonal limits and region. It can integrate multiple layers of maps, satellite imagery and weather and can be published to over 30,000 boating mobile application users. This webinar will demonstrate Spotter and Alert as well as discuss Conserve.IO’s vision for standardizing conservation collection effort, harnessing crowd-sourcing for scientific research, and taking innovative new approaches to big data challenges. Learn more at Conserve.io. This webinar is co-sponsored by OpenChannels and the EBM Tools Network.
|November 6, 2013|
|Incorporating Climate Data and Forecasting Models into Decision Making for Living Marine Resources||
Presented by Pat Halpin of Duke. A changing climate has been shown to have broad effects on a variety of living marine resources. Understanding how these changes will impact future distribution, abundance and resilience of marine species is important for implementing ocean resource management plans. However, data on climate rarely are used when forming new regulations, with barriers to incorporation existing at all levels in the decision making process. This webinar will be an informational session to identify and discuss the potential use and possible barriers to incorporating climate forecasting models into the management of living marine resources. Interactive participation by all attendees in the discussion is highly encouraged. In addition, a follow-on survey will seek input from marine managers and decision makers to more clearly identify the potential uses and possible barriers to using climate forecasts in the management of marine species. Outcomes from this webinar and survey will provide information directly to the NASA ecological forecasting team and relevant federal agencies. Learn more at http://mgel.env.duke.edu/projects/climatetools. This webinar is co-sponsored by OpenChannels, the EBM Tools Network and EcoAdapt.
|October 30, 2013|