|Marine Protected Area Network Planning in the Bay of Fundy Scotian Shelf||
Maxine Westhead of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. Planning a network of MPAs off of Canada’s East Coast of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is no small task. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the lead agency of this effort, working in partnership with Environment Canada, Parks Canada and the provinces to design a marine protected areas network that represents the region’s diverse habitats and ecosystems to meet the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as national and regional goals and mandates. Maxine will describe the work completed to date for this unique area of Canadian waters, successes, challenges, and next steps in the planning process.
|May 9, 2013|
|Demonstration of Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES)||
Ben Sherrouse and Darius Semmens of USGS, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network. Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES) is a GIS-based tool to assess, map, and quantify nonmarket values of ecosystem services as perceived by stakeholders. These perceived social values often correspond to cultural ecosystem services, such as aesthetics and recreation. These values can be compared among different stakeholder groups distinguished by their attitudes and preferences regarding public uses, such as motorized recreation or logging. SolVES derives a nonmonetary, 10-point social-values metric, the value index (VI), from a combination of spatial and nonspatial responses to public attitude and preference surveys. It then models the relationship between VI and characteristics of the underlying environment, such as average distance to water and dominant land cover. Additionally, SolVES facilitates the transfer of social-value models to areas where primary survey data are not available. Learn more about SolVES at solves.cr.usgs.gov.
|May 2, 2013|
|WWII Offshore: Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s Battle of the Atlantic Expedition||
John Wagner of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. The Battle of the Atlantic has been called the longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history, running throughout World War II and extending across the Atlantic to U.S. shores. The Battle of the Atlantic Expedition is a multiyear maritime archaeology project to survey and document historically significant shipwrecks lost off the coast of North Carolina. Find out more about the field of maritime archaeology, innovative archaeological survey technologies, and Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of these nonrenewable cultural resources.
|April 11, 2013|
|Demonstration of Monitoring Resources||
This webinar is courtesy of the EBM Tools Network. MonitoringResources.org, developed by the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership, is a suite of tools that helps investigators plan and implement effective, efficient, high quality monitoring projects. The tools provide guidance and support for design and documentation of a monitoring project from the early design stage through implementation and generation of descriptive statistics. Using MonitoringResources.org allows practitioners to easily document information about their projects and programs and share it with many partners. Resource managers, funders, and policy makers benefit by getting a comprehensive view of existing and proposed monitoring projects in a region that allows them to better understand how well priorities are being met, as well as where there are gaps and overlaps in monitoring. Learn more about Monitoring Resources at www.monitoringresources.org.
|March 20, 2013|
|Finding the Right Tool(s) for Coastal Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning||
This webinar is courtesy of the EBM Tools Network. Many coastal natural resource managers and communities have begun to plan for the impacts of climate change on their local ecosystems and infrastructure. Practitioners are finding it difficult to select tools suited to their needs and capacities, however, because of the wide variety of tools, the difficulty of finding easily-understandable information about tool functions, and the lack of ways to compare different tools (e.g. their functionality, data and training requirements, and strengths and limitations). The EBM Tools Network released a decision guide, Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning, in early March. The guide provides information on a set of key tools for multi-sector climate-related planning (i.e. planning which incorporates both ecosystem health and human well-being concerns), explains and illustrates the utility and role of tools in planning, and outlines a process for selecting appropriate tools for a projects. This webinar will provide a short overview of resources provided in the guide (tool matrix, other tool information, case studies, etc.) and use the remaining time for answering questions from participants about the guide and incorporating climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning tools into planning processes. A number of tool experts will also be on hand to answer questions about specific tools described in the guide.
|March 12, 2013|
|The Role of Decision Support Tools and Toolkits in Improving Conservation Capacity||
This webinar is courtesyy of the EBM Tools Network. Webinar on the Role of Decision Support Tools and Toolkits in Improving Conservation Capacity by Patrick Crist of NatureServe. This webinar will address how tools can improve conservation capacity, provide examples where this has occurred, examine reasons why tools don’t get used, and discuss new directions in toolkits and web-based decision support. This presentation was originally given as a keynote address at the Capacity Building for Conservation meeting hosted by the Humboldt Institute in Villa de Levya, Colombia, in February 2013.
|February 26, 2013|
|Mapping and Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts||
This webinar is courtesy of the EBM Tools Network. Webinar on Mapping and Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts by Doug Marcy of NOAA Coastal Services Center. It is one thing to have a discussion or write about a one- or two-foot rise in the ocean surface and the potential impacts to a local community, and it is another to show someone a map, highlighting the areas that will potentially be impacted. The ability to visualize the potential height and inland extent of water gives us a better understanding of the corresponding impacts and consequences. Over the past several years, the lessons learned from investigating pilot sea level change mapping applications have led to the development of a next generation sea level rise and coastal flooding viewer. This presentation will provide a brief history of previous sea level change visualization pilots and a detailed discussion of new methods, featuring a demonstration of the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer. In this webinar, participants will learn about: 1) the benefits of providing interactive maps online for visualizing inundation risks and potential impacts; 2) new mapping techniques that incorporate high-resolution data sources; and 3) the methods used to develop the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, its current status, and plans for expanding the tool to the rest of the coastal U.S. Learn more about the Viewer at csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slrviewer.
|January 15, 2013|
|Turning Visitors into Partners: Challenges and Successes at Golden Gate National Recreation Area||
Howard Levitt, Director of Communications and Partnerships at Golden Gate National Parks, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. Millions of people from San Francisco and around the world come to Golden Gate National Recreation Area each year to enjoy the park’s tremendous recreational and educational opportunities. Learn how the park has created a “ladder of engagement” to connect with everyone from casual visitors to corporate partners to build support for this world class attraction and for marine and coastal conservation.
|March 14, 2013|
|Presentation on MSP in the Netherlands by David Goldsborough, Centre for Marine Policy||
David Goldsborough is a senior researcher from the Netherlands working on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and cross-border marine policy issues on the North Sea. David presented a short seminar from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) at the University of Washington, discussing recent findings from an EU-funded study on cross-border Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) on the North Sea.
|February 19, 2013|
|Thank You Ocean! Building Common Outreach Messages and Strategies through the California Ocean Communicator||
Sarah Marquis, of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. Federal and state marine and coastal programs in California are working together to spread the word about the value of healthy oceans through Thank You Ocean, a series of public service announcements, podcasts and other tools that are reaching a broad and diverse audiences. Learn how stronger communications networking can increase your MPA program’s impact.
|February 14, 2013|