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Land Cover Products for Understanding Water Quality Impacts

For the weeks of 12 & 19 October 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Tuesday, 27 October for a webinar on Land Cover Products for Understanding Water Quality Impacts presented by Rebecca Love and Nate Herold of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Land use and land cover have significant impacts on ecosystem health—with impervious surface runoff and natural areas that provide flood protection or pollutant filtering being obvious examples. Information on how and where these and other land changes are occurring is essential to understanding the potential impacts from past management practices and choosing the right course of action for the future. NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) provides nationally standardized land cover and change information for the coastal United States. This presentation will provide an overview of these data sets, show where to find them on the Digital Coast, and highlight several tools that make use of them. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar62.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Join us Thursday for a webinar on Inspiring Ocean and Climate Literacy and Conservation through MPAs

For the week of 28 September 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, October 8 for a webinar with Claire Fackler of NOAA on Inspiring Ocean and Climate Literacy and Conservation through MPAs. The National Marine Sanctuary System's education and outreach programs inspire ocean and climate literacy and stewardship of the national marine sanctuaries through engaging hands-on, STEM field programs, teacher workshops, student activities, social media, and free online resources. Learn about the impacts of these unique programs through formative and summative evaluations and how you too can inspire ocean and climate literacy, as well as conservation and stewardship through your own marine protected area. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar60.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Join us 6 October for the 2015 International Marine Spatial Planning Symposium: Sharing Practical Solutions

For the week of 21 September 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Tuesday, October 6 starting at 8:30am EDT / 12:30pm UTC for the live-stream of the 2015 International Marine Spatial Planning Symposium: Sharing Practical Solutions. Join colleagues from around New England and across the globe virtually at the 2015 Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium on International Marine Spatial Planning to share experiences, learn from seasoned practitioners, and help mentor emerging professionals. Offshore energy development,commercial and recreational fisheries, shipping, conservation, and historic preservation — these are just some of the uses of ocean waters that marine spatial planners must take into account. To join the live-stream or add this event to your calendar, please visit http://bit.ly/OCLive1.

PS: If you missed Tuesday's live chat with Fanny Douvere on UNESCO's World Heritage Marine Programme, it is archived at https://www.openchannels.org/chat/world-heritage-marine-programme.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Join us Tuesday for a Live "Office Hour" Chat on the World Heritage Marine Programme with Fanny Douvere of UNESCO

For the week of 14 September 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Tuesday (22 September) at Noon EDT / 9am PDT / 4pm UTC for a Live "Office Hour" Chat on the World Heritage Marine Programme with Fanny Douvere of UNESCO. In this interactive chat, Dr. Fanny Douvere, Coordinator of the UNESCO World Heritage Progamme, will be available to discuss all things related to the Programme including what the program does, the impact that it has, how the program is developing and expanding, and why the World Heritage Committee has a unique ability to hold nations accountable for their conservation actions. For more information and to set an email reminder, please visit http://bit.ly/OCChat7.

If you missed the Office Hour on The Natural Capital Project's Marine Planning Concierge with Mary Ruckelshaus and Gregg Verutes, it's now archived at: http://bit.ly/OCChat6.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Live "Office Hour" Chat on the World Heritage Marine Programme with Fanny Douvere of UNESCO

For the week of 07 September 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us 22 September at Noon EDT / 9am PDT / 4pm UTC for a Live "Office Hour" Chat on the World Heritage Marine Programme with Fanny Douvere of UNESCO. In this interactive chat, Dr. Fanny Douvere, Coordinator of the UNESCO World Heritage Progamme, will be available to discuss all things related to the Programme including what the program does, the impact that it has, how the program is developing and expanding, and why the World Heritage Committee has a unique ability to hold nations accountable for their conservation actions. For more information and to set an email reminder, please visit http://bit.ly/OCChat7.

Also, don't forget to join us Tuesday (15 September) for a live "Office Hour" chat on The Natural Capital Project's Marine Planning Concierge with Mary Ruckelshaus and Gregg Verutes: http://bit.ly/OCChat6.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) will now be reporting monthly on ocean management issues

For the week of 30 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Our sister project, MEAM (Marine Ecosystems and Management), has a brand new home on OpenChannels at https://meam.openchannels.org. MEAM's editors, Sarah Carr and John Davis, will now be delivering news on ocean planning and management on a more frequent monthly basis. As always, you'll be able to browse MEAM articles in the OpenChannels news sections. In addition, you can signup to have MEAM delivered directly to your inbox or browse the archives on MEAM's new OpenChannels portal.

Also, don't forget to join us Thursday (10 September) for a webinar on Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats. For more information and to register, please visit: http://bit.ly/OCWebinar59.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Live "Office Hour" Chat on The Marine Planning Concierge

For the week of 24 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, September 15 at Noon EDT / 9am PDT / 4pm UTC for a live "Office Hour" chat with Mary Ruckelshaus and Gregg Verutes of the Natural Capital Project on The Marine Planning Concierge. To help address common questions and planning dilemmas, the Natural Capital Project's Marine Team has designed a "concierge" to make it easier to learn about, get inspired by and implement marine planning. The Marine Planning Concierge is a website that connects users to resources for using ecosystem services in marine planning. They are curious about whether or not this kind of guidance might be useful in other aspects of the Natural Capital Project’s work to lower barriers to using ecosystem service understanding in diverse types of decisions. For more information and to join the chat, please visit http://bit.ly/OCChat5.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats

For the week of 17 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, 10 September 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats, 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. These maps show that seagrasses grow coastally throughout North America, mangroves are primarily tropical, and salt marshes are primarily temperate/arctic. A geodatabase was established, metadata were documented, and data and methodological gaps were assessed along with challenges in identifying the extent of these habitats. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar59.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Join us for an upcoming webinar on Tools to Plan for Hazards Resilience and Climate Change

For the weeks of 03 & 10 August 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Tools to Plan for Hazards Resilience and Climate Change, presented by Lauren Long and David Betenbaugh of NOAA.This webinar will highlight two resources that NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has developed to facilitate resilience planning in coastal communities. Coastal green infrastructure is an emerging approach that communities are using to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards. With limited budgets for projects like green infrastructure, communities must prioritize natural areas that give the most benefits. The Green Infrastructure Mapping Guide is an interactive online resource to help spatial analysts who are tasked with using GIS to prioritize green infrastructure to reduce hazard impacts and aid in climate adaptation. For more information and to register, please visit http://bit.ly/OCWebinar58.

Thank you for being a part of the OpenChannels Community,
-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

Join us as we welcome the Mare Nostrum Network to the OpenChannels Community

For the week of 20 July 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

You may have noticed an influx of Mediterranean-focused information being shared on OpenChannels over the last few weeks. That's because we've built the Mare Nostrum Network a home here on OpenChannels. Thanks to their efforts supporting the Mediterranean, more international news and information will be flowing through OpenChannels. They just launched this week, so give them an "official" hello at https://marenostrum.openchannels.org.

Do you represent an NGO currently engaged in coastal and/or marine conservation in the Mediterranean? Fill out this form to join the Mare Nostrum Network. Not an NGO? Anyone may subscribe to their monthly newsletter: just sign-in to your OpenChannels account and edit your user profile. They'll be a checkbox to subscribe to the Mare Nostrum Network Newsletter.

Your OpenChannels user account will work across both OpenChannels and the Mare Nostrum Network sites. But do note that if you share content, it'll be added to the part of the site you're currently on. Don't worry though, we share a lot! If you posted a new item relevant to the Mediterranean on the OpenChannels side of things, it'll surely be picked up on the Mare Nostrum Network side by their team.

So please join me in welcoming the Mare Nostrum Network to OpenChannels, and thank you for being a part of the Community.

-Nick Wehner, OpenChannels Project Manager, and the rest of the OpenChannels Team

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