Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs

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For the weeks of 5 December 2016

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Implications of spatial connectivity and climate change for the design and application of MPAs, presented by Mark Carr of UCSC.

The US Marine Protected Area (MPA) Federal Advisory Committee (FAC) has a Connectivity Subcommittee charged with understanding how knowledge about ecological spatial connectivity and climate climate change can be incorporated into the design, use, and management of effective MPAs and MPA networks. The committee has summarized the current scientific understanding of: 1) different types and scales of connectivity and their ecological implications, 2) how connectivity processes create ecological linkages among marine areas, populations, communities, and ecosystems, and 3) how connectivity impacts conservation outcomes in MPAs. This webinar will summarize the work of the FAC on the implications of spatial ecological connectivity for the design and application of MPAs in a changing ocean. This work forms the basis of the FAC's recommendations to the US Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior for future US MPA management and policy.

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