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Wednesday: Ecological Marine Units: A 3-D Mapping of the Ocean Based on NOAA’s World Ocean Atlas with Dawn Wright

For the week of 8 May 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Wednesday, May 17 at 2pm US EDT / 11am US PDT / 6pm UTC for a webinar on Ecological Marine Units: A 3-D Mapping of the Ocean Based on NOAA’s World Ocean Atlas, presented by Dawn Wright of Esri.

This webinar reports progress on the Ecological Marine Units (EMU) project, a new undertaking commissioned by the Group on Earth Observations, to develop a standardized and practical global ecosystems classification and map for the oceans. The EMU is comprised of a global point mesh framework, created from 52,487,233 points from the NOAA World Ocean Atlas. Each point has x, y, z, as well as six attributes of chemical and physical oceanographic structure (temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nitrate, silicate, phosphate) that are likely drivers of many ecosystem responses. This webinar will provide an overview of the EMU project and cover recent developments and future plans for the EMUs.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar134.

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

The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve

For the week 1 May 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, May 11 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on The new He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve, presented by Matthew Chasse of NOAA.

The newly designated He'eia National Estuarine Research Reserve is the 29th in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and the first in Hawaii. The 1,385-acre reserve includes upland forests and grasslands, wetlands, reefs, and seagrass beds, as well as the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Island chain. The reserve also includes significant historic and cultural resources. This webinar will cover the process leading to the designation, and the reserve’s partnerships and management goals, including the integration of traditional Hawai'ian ecosystem management with contemporary approaches.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar133.

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

Tuesday: Webinar on the Ocean Health Index as an Integrated Tool for Implementing EBM and Coastal Management Approaches

For the week 24 April 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, May 2 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on, Using the Ocean Health Index as an Integrated Tool for Implementing EBM and Coastal Management Approaches Globally, presented by Erich Pacheco and Johanna Polsenberg of Conservation International, and Julie Lowndes of NCEAS.

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) is the first assessment tool that scientifically combines key biological, economic, and social elements of ocean health to guide decision makers towards sustainable use of the ocean. Now working in more than 30 countries globally, the Ocean Health Index is a useful tool across geographic jurisdictions where coastal and marine policy decisions are made. Its standardized structure is repeatable and familiar across assessment jurisdictions but it is flexible to represent the important social and ecological characteristics, values, and priorities of the area assessed. Independent groups are able to lead assessments within their own waters, deciding what is important to measure and which data to include while building directly from the experiences and methods from other OHI assessments.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar132.

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

Join us Tuesday for a webinar on The SeaSketch Platform: Tools for Decision-Support and Managing Public Processes

For the week 17 April 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, April 25 at 2pm US EDT / 11am US PDT / 6pm UTC for a webinar on, The SeaSketch Platform: Tools for Decision-Support and Managing Public Processes, presented by Will McClintock and Grace Goldberg of the University of California Santa Barbara.

SeaSketch is a decision support tool that supports collaborative map-based design workflows – putting science and information at the center of participatory processes. SeaSketch empowers all participants to engage directly with GIS tools – exploring mapped data, expressing and analyzing their plan ideas, and more. Over the past five years, SeaSketch has been used in dozens of projects all around the world – ranging from comprehensive marine spatial planning processes to community-driven conservation planning processes to facilitating collaboration between remote teams of scientists planning for data acquisition and vetting existing data sets. This webinar will give participants an overview of the SeaSketch platform, share exciting new feature additions that have been implemented to strengthen collaboration between remote teams, and highlight the resources tool developers provide so users can get the most out of their SeaSketch project.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar131.

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

Thursday: Webinar on Capacity Shortfalls Hinder the Performance of MPAs Globally

For the week 10 April 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, April 20 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Capacity Shortfalls Hinder the Performance of MPAs Globally, presented by David Gill of Conservation International and George Mason University.

Over the past two decades, marine protected areas (MPAs) have become a prominent tool to conserve marine ecosystems globally. Many unanswered questions remain regarding the ecological impacts of MPAs and the linkages between MPA management and resulting impacts, however. Using a global database of management and fish population data (433 and 218 MPAs, respectively), the authors of a major new study published in Nature found that most MPAs positively impact marine fish populations and that the magnitude of these impacts are strongly associated with available staff and budget capacity. Despite the critical role of MPA management, only 35 percent of MPAs globally reported acceptable funding and only 9 percent globally reported adequate staffing. While the global community focuses on expanding the current MPA network, these results emphasize the importance of meeting capacity needs in current and future MPAs to ensure the effective conservation of marine species.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar130.

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

Thursday, Webinar on Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs

For the week 3 April 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, April 13 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs, presented by Carlie Herring of NOAA.

Dive into the world of microplastics with the NOAA Marine Debris Program! Learn about what microplastics are, the different types, the impacts associated with microplastic marine debris, and future research needs.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar129.

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

Using the Ocean Health Index as an Integrated Tool for Implementing EBM and Coastal Management Approaches Globally

For the week 27 March 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, May 2 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Using the Ocean Health Index as an Integrated Tool for Implementing EBM and Coastal Management Approaches Globally, presented by Erich Pacheco and Johanna Polsenberg of Conservation International, and Julie Lowndes of NCEAS.

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) is the first assessment tool that scientifically combines key biological, economic, and social elements of ocean health to guide decision makers towards sustainable use of the ocean. Now working in more than 30 countries globally, the Ocean Health Index is a useful tool across geographic jurisdictions where coastal and marine policy decisions are made. Its standardized structure is repeatable and familiar across assessment jurisdictions but it is flexible to represent the important social and ecological characteristics, values, and priorities of the area assessed. Independent groups are able to lead assessments within their own waters, deciding what is important to measure and which data to include while building directly from the experiences and methods from other OHI assessments.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar128.

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

The SeaSketch Platform: Tools for Decision-Support and Managing Public Processes

For the week 20 March 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, April 25 at 2pm US EDT / 11am US PDT / 6pm UTC for a webinar on The SeaSketch Platform: Tools for Decision-Support and Managing Public Processes, presented by Will McClintock and Grace Goldberg of the University of California Santa Barbara.

SeaSketch is a decision support tool that supports collaborative map-based design workflows – putting science and information at the center of participatory processes. Over the past five years, SeaSketch has been used in dozens of projects all around the world – ranging from comprehensive marine spatial planning processes to community-driven conservation planning processes to facilitating collaboration between remote teams of scientists planning for data acquisition and vetting existing data sets. This webinar will give participants an overview of the SeaSketch platform, share exciting new feature additions that have been implemented to strengthen collaboration between remote teams, and highlight the resources tool developers provide so users can get the most out of their SeaSketch project.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar127.

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

Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs

For the week 13 March 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Thursday, April 13 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Microplastics: What we know and discussion of research needs, presented by Carlie Herring of NOAA.

Dive into the world of microplastics with the NOAA Marine Debris Program! Learn about what microplastics are, the different types, the impacts associated with microplastic marine debris, and future research needs.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar125.

P.S.: The media is doing a great job covering the shenanigans going on here in the US. As such, we're finding (and posting) several similar stories with different takes and information on the same topic. We're doing our best to join these stories together by linking to them in our "related content" sections.

For many of the news items below, rather than linking you to the source of the news, we'll now be linking you to the news item on OpenChannels. There, you may click the link to read the full story from its source, as well as browse any related content we've found. You'll be the champion of news trivia – enjoy!

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

Tuesday: Webinar on Drivers & Implications of Change in Global Ocean Health as Demonstrated by the Ocean Health Index

For the week 6 March 2017

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Join us Tuesday, March 14 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Drivers and Implications of Change in Global Ocean Health as Demonstrated by the Ocean Health Index, presented by Ben Halpern of the University of California, Santa Barbara and Steve Katona of Conservation International.

The Ocean Health Index (OHI) is a scientific assessment framework that combines and compares biological, physical, economic, and social elements of ocean health to assess how sustainably ocean resources are utilized within a given region. The OHI team recently published its fifth annual global assessment. For this webinar, lead scientists Benjamin Halpern and Steven Katona will discuss changes in OHI scores over five years, possible causes and consequences of those changes, challenges and opportunities for composite indicators to incorporate the best available science each year, and lessons learned in repeating and improving the OHI assessment each year.

For more information and to register, please visit https://oct.to/OCWebinar124.

P.S.: We're pleased to announce a new section of OpenChannels devoted to curating the dizzying array of news coming out of the White House, as it pertains to ocean and coastal conservation. We're calling it Trump Watch. You can follow the coverage at /trump-watch. Good luck and godspeed, Team Ocean!

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

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