Upcoming Events

2015 International Marine Spatial Planning Symposium: Sharing Practical Solutions

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 8:30am EDT / 5:30am PDT / 12:30pm UTC

Join colleagues from around New England and across the globe on October 6, 2015 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.

This event will be live-streamed for free from the University of Rhode Island at http://livestream.com/universityofrhodeisland/seagrantsymposium.

You may also attend the event in-person. Registration information is at http://rhody.crc.uri.edu/msp15/.

Inspire Ocean and Climate Literacy and Conservation through MPAs

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Claire Fackler of NOAA. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a system of fourteen marine protected areas, encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of America’s ocean and Great Lakes. 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. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.

Monitoring Progress: The Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard

Event Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm GMT

This webinar will be presented by Healy Hamilton and Xuemei Han of NatureServe. The Biodiversity Indicators Dashboard is a web-enabled, interactive dashboard that enables tracking of biodiversity and conservation performance data in a clear, user-friendly format. It can help organizations track progress toward conservation targets, support monitoring and reporting, inform outcome-based policy making for the protection of natural resources, and catalyze necessary investments in information infrastructure. The dashboard enables users to track key indicators of biodiversity and conservation performance data. Example indicators include deforestation rate (for pressure on biodiversity), the IUCN Red List Index (for state of species), Key Biodiversity Areas (for conservation response), and freshwater provision (for benefits to human populations). It was set up to analyze three regions: the tropical Andes, the Great Lakes of Africa, and the Mekong River Valley, with potential to expand to any other geographic regions. This webinar will give an overview of the dashboard and its current and other possible uses. Learn more about the dashboard at www.natureserve.org/conservation-tools/projects/biodiversity-indicators-dashboard. Webinar co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org and the EBM Tools Network.

Land Cover Products for Understanding Water Quality Impacts

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm GMT

This webinar will be 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. Regional monitoring data are updated every five years. Dates goes back to 1996 or earlier in most locations. Higher-resolution data products provide greater detail for some areas. 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. These tools include the Land Cover Atlas—an online viewer that allows users to analyze change statistics and maps for their county or watershed of interest—and a new “How-to” that walks users through key land cover indicators of water quality. Learn more at http://coast.noaa.gov/dataregistry/search/collection/info/ccapregional. Webinar co-sponsored by MEAM, OpenChannels.org, and the EBM Tools Network.

Ocean Parks and the 2016 National Park Service Centennial

Event Date: 
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be 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. Learn more at www.nature.nps.gov/water/oceancoastal. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.

Maps and Datasets for Blue Carbon Habitats

Event Date: 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1pm US EST / 10am US PST / 6pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Karen Richardson of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Blue carbon denotes the long-term storage of carbon within plant habitats growing in coastal lands and nearshore marine environments. 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. The maps compiled for North America document 24,200 km2 of seagrass, 13,500 km2 of salt marsh, and 10,100 km2 of mangrove. Only half of the continent’s seagrasses have been mapped, and priority sites were identified for future mapping. The area of blue carbon habitat within marine protected areas and terrestrial protected areas was also determined, and an initial analysis of priority areas in all three habitats for blue carbon preservation, restoration and management was conducted. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News.