Welcome to the EBM Tool “Office Hour” Series on OpenChannels.org!
The EBM Tools Network and OpenChannels.org are teaming up on a series of live “office hour” chats about tools and resources for marine conservation, management, and governance. The office hour chats are an opportunity for participants to ask tool experts questions about the tools as well as share their own experiences and insights with the experts and each other. This office hour chat about the Ocean Health Index is with Ben Halpern of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Lead Scientist for the Ocean Health Index.
More about the Ocean Health Index: The Ocean Health Index is a new, comprehensive measure of the ocean’s overall condition. The Index assesses the benefits that a healthy ocean provides through 10 diverse goals for a healthy coupled human-ocean system. Indices were calculated for all coastal countries with an optimal sustainable state having a score of 100. The overall index score was 60 out of 100 with individual country scores ranging from 38 to 86, indicating that there is substantial room for improvement in the way humans interact with the ocean. The analysis was published in Nature, and comprehensive information about the index, country and goal-specific scores can be found at www.oceanhealthindex.org.
More about the Office Hour: This office hour is a live online "chat" conducted by typing and reading text. There is no audio component. All participants are able (and encouraged) to post, and all participants are able to view all posts (i.e. nothing is confidential). These chats are an opportunity for multi-directional flow of information. However, the moderator will delete any inappropriate content including posts that contain inappropriate language and posts that do not pertain to the topic. Participants are encouraged to be frank but to elaborate on and substantiate all praise and criticism. You do not need to be logged into the OpenChannels.org site to participate in the chat, but you are encouraged to create a user account and log in so you do not need to type your name in every post.
Instructions for Participants: The contents of the chat will update automatically every 10 seconds - there is no need to manually refresh your browser. Once you click in the comment box, updating will stop to allow you time to type in your responses. If you find your chat is not updating, please click the Chat not refreshing automatically? Click here. link below the comment box to manually update the feed.
Firefox users: Please note there is a bug in the Firefox browser that will cause your screen to "jump" with each update. We recommend the use of Chrome, Opera, or Internet Explorer 9 for participating in the chat.
This chat is currently closed for questions and comments.