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Join us 18 November for a webinar on A Community-Based Tool for Designing TURF-Reserves

For the week of 09 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 18 November for a webinar on the A Community-Based Tool for Designing TURF-Reserves. During this webinar, Sarah Poon of Environmental Defense Fund’s Fishery Solutions Center will discuss how TURFtools works and how it allows fishery stakeholders to anticipate tradeoffs in biological and economic performance of different spatial designs to facilitate a more informed decision-making process for TURF-Reserve design. Jenn Macy Humberstone, a recent Bren graduate student, will share her experience traveling to the Philippines to pilot the tool with EDF staff and partners using data from two small-fishing communities. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar65.

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

Join us 17 November for a webinar on the Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA)

For the week of 02 November 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 17 November for a webinar on the Toolkit for Ecosystem Services Site-based Assessment (TESSA) presented by Jenny Merriman of BirdLife International. TESSA provides practical step-by-step guidance for conducting an ecosystem services assessment at the site scale. TESSA particularly emphasizes the importance of comparing estimated ecosystem service values for alternative states of a site (for example, before and after conversion to agriculture) so decision-makers can assess the net consequences of such a change and better understand how decisions affect the ecosystem services that people depend on. The toolkit targets non-expert users with limited expertise and resources. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar64.

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

Ocean Parks and the 2016 National Park Service Centennial

For the week of 26 October 2015

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us on Thursday, 12 November for a webinar on Ocean Parks and the 2016 National Park Service Centennial presented by Cliff McCreedy of the US National Park Service. The National Park Service is entrusted with managing 86 ocean and Great Lakes parks across 22 states and four territories. With over 11,000 miles of coast and 2.5 million acres of ocean and Great Lakes waters, the parks provide tremendous recreational benefits and biological and cultural values to the nation. The Park Service celebrates its 100th birthday in 2016. The Park Service Centennial will include events and activities across the ocean and coastal parks as part of the Find Your Park Centennial campaign as well as virtual experiences via social media and the web. This webinar will provide a brief overview of the breadth and extent of coastal resources and issues in the National Park System and the NPS Centennial. For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar63.

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

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

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