Welcome to OpenChannels, the community hub for sustainable ocean planning and management

OpenChannels is the knowledge hub for the global community of practice on ocean planning, ecosystem-based management, and marine protected areas. With the latest news, literature, online events, grant opportunities, jobs, and more, OpenChannels makes it easy for you to stay informed. We’ve served over 50,000 professionals in the past two years.

Getting started? Create a free user account and sign-up for our weekly e-mail updates. Our Literature Update - published every Wednesday - delivers the latest journal articles, reports, and books to your inbox. Our Weekly Update - published every Friday - highlights the most important information you should know from OpenChannels from the past week. You can attend our webinars and live chats with experts, or search the site’s thousands of news and literature items. And you can post your own news, jobs, and blogs here with your user account.

Questions? We're here to help you help the oceans! E-mail Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, at nwehner [at] openchannels.org or tweet us at @OpenChannelsOrg.

Join us for an upcoming webinar on Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats

Join us Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC. This webinar will be presented by Karen Richardson of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. With support from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, maps of blue carbon habitats- seagrass, salt marsh, and mangroves- on the coasts of Canada, Mexico and the United States were collected, verified and compiled to create the first continent-wide collection of blue carbon habitat maps. A geodatabase was established, metadata were documented, and data and methodological gaps were assessed along with challenges in identifying the extent of these habitats. Only half of the continent’s seagrasses have been mapped, and priority sites were identified for future mapping.

For more information and to register, please click here.

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