Upcoming Events

What can KSAT do for your MPA? KSAT's marine monitoring and data services

Event Date: 
Tuesday, April 24, 1 pm US EDT / 10 am US PDT / 5 pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Paul Whitaker of KSAT. 

Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) is a Norwegian organization that operates a global network of satellite antennas, handling over 30,000 satellites passes per month from a diverse portfolio of sensors. With ground stations at both poles, KSAT is able to communicate with earth observation satellites every 40 minutes – including cloud-penetrating SAR (synthetic aperture radar), high-resolution optical (capable of identifying vessel types and specifics), and AIS (which can provide detailed information about vessel identities and route specifics when in use). As the number of satellites in orbit continues to grow exponentially, KSAT continues to serve as a single source for accessing information about the marine environment, including vessel information, from anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes. This webinar will provide an overview of KSAT’s services and then seek to learn more about the needs of the MPA community, including identifying potential partners for pilot projects to test the utility of KSAT’s services for managing MPAs.

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Why Polystyrene Is The New Microbead

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 26 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT / 5pm UTC

This webinar will be presented by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, Executive Director of The 5 Gyres Institute.

Through the 5 Gyres nix the 6 Action Campaign, thousands of people have pledged to refuse single-use polystyrene plastic. What does it mean to Nix the 6? #sneakystyrene polysytrene products are everywhere, from coffee cup lids to straws, cutlery and cups (even red SOLO cups). Expanded polystyrene foam—commonly known as "Styrofoam"—is basically polystyrene that's expanded with air. You can identify these plastics by the number "6" on the bottom. When you Nix the 6, you pledge to refuse these single-use plastics. 

Why is this so important? 5 Gyres has seen how individual decisions like these can snowball into massive change. Our 2012 study that discovered plastic microbeads in the Great Lakes inspired a movement, culminating with major corporate phase out—think L’Oreal and Johnson & Johnson—and statewide bans on both coasts. In 2015, President Obama signed a federal microbeads ban into law!

Like microbeads, polystyrene plastics are environmental hazards. They are extremely toxic to make and difficult to recycle. Polystyrene and "Styrofoam" are even banned from many recycling programs because of contamination problems—less than 2% of polystyrene was recycled in 2013. 

With local polystyrene bans on many ballots this year and a statewide ban being considered in California, this is the year to join the movement. We did it before with microbeads—now it's time for a polystyrene ban! 

In this webinar, we’ll cover the new 5 Gyres white paper on polystyrene and reproductive toxicity, activism resources, and our partnership with the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) to support bans on college campuses—even in preemptive states. 

Meanwhile, look for the #sneakystyrene hashtag to follow the campaign on social media.

Webinar co-sponsored by EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO).

Cumulative Impact Tools for Maritime Spatial Planning: Current Status of European Efforts

Event Date: 
Thursday, May 3, 11 am US EDT/8 am US PDT/3 pm UTC

Join us Thursday, May 3, 11 am US EDT/8 am US PDT/3 pm UTC for a webinar on Cumulative Impact Tools for Maritime Spatial Planning: Current Status of European Efforts.

Cumulative impact tools can be useful for evaluating the environmental effects resulting from human activities in a given area. Several initiatives are underway in Europe to develop and enhance cumulative impact tools and assessments to incorporate the ecosystem-based approach in marine management, as called for in multiple policy frameworks (e.g., Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Maritime Spatial Planning Directive, Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Directive, and regional seas conventions such as the Barcelona Convention). This webinar will share latest developments on cumulative impact tools from Europe, including examples of their application from Portugal and Montenegro. The webinar is co-organized by the EU MSP Platform (www.msp-platform.eu), a service funded by the European Commission to share relevant knowledge and experiences on MSP. The EU MSP Platform recently organized an expert roundtable on cumulative impact tools for maritime spatial planning (http://msp-platform.eu/events/cumulative-impacts-tools-expert-roundtable). Conclusions from this roundtable will be shared during the webinar, including limitations and opportunities for further incorporating these tools in MSP and SEA processes.

Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool for MPA Managers

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Join us Tuesday, May 8, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool for MPA Managers. Presented by Sara Hutto of Greater Farallones Association and Lara Hansen of EcoAdapt.

This North American Rapid Vulnerability Assessment Tool helps marine protected area managers evaluate the implications of climate change for the habitats of their sites. The tool was created as part of a project on climate assessment and adaptation by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.  It is available in English and Spanish and has three parts (a user guide, a set of blank worksheets, and a booklet containing sample completed worksheets), which used together allow marine protected area managers to conduct a rapid vulnerability assessment and adaptation strategy development process. This webinar will cover: 1) why the tool was created, 2) an overview of the tool (how it works, what it looks like, where to find it), 3) the experience of using the tool, and 4) additional application of the tool. Learn more about the tool here.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 14, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Join us Thursday, June 14, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Finding the right 10%: Assessing MPA progress and the BlueBRIDGE platform.

Presenter: Miles Macmillan-Lawler of GRID-Arendal.

As we move towards the 2020 deadline for countries to fulfil their commitments under the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 11, now is a good time to take stock and ask the question – are we protecting the right 10% of marine area in our MPAs? Not only does Aichi Target 11 talk about conserving 10% of coastal and marine areas, it specifies the effective conservation of areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services and ecologically representativeness as key goals. So how do we know if we are achieving this? This webinar will outline a framework for assessing the progress of MPAs in achieving these goals and present the Protected Areas Impact Maps Virtual Research Environment on the BlueBRIDGE platform (https://bluebridge.d4science.org/web/protectedareaimpactmaps), an open access application which uses this framework to assist countries in assessing their progress against Aichi Target 11 and ensuring that they get the right 10%.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Leverage a Global Volunteer Network and Access the Data Needed to Solve Environmental Challenges

Event Date: 
Tuesday, July 17, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Webinar presented by Marcus Pearson and Aisling Force of Adventure Scientists. 

Collecting data can require time, funding, and skills that are unavailable. Efforts to address today’s most pressing issues – from deforestation to antibiotic resistance – often become hamstrung by a lack of access to reliable large-scale data from necessary environments. As a result, Adventure Scientists (www.adventurescientists.org) has built a global network of volunteers from the outdoor community and a platform that enables them to collect otherwise inaccessible data. These data support partners from agencies, nonprofits, and universities in filling crucial data gaps and informing science-based decision-making. This webinar will explore the possibilities that emerge when you engage a worldwide network of highly-skilled adventure-oriented volunteers. This passionate and committed community collects research-grade data at scales, geographies, and within timelines that to date have been unattainable. Our efforts have ranged from discovering the highest-elevation plants (21,260 feet) to collecting water samples from 567 feet below the ocean’s surface. Volunteers can gather physical specimens (e.g., water, soil), conduct wildlife observations, deploy technology (e.g., camera traps), and ground-truth remote-sensing and drone imagery anywhere, at any scale. What could you accomplish with this volunteer network at your service?

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Managing Global Acidification on a Regional Scale: How the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal Acidification Networks (MACAN and NECAN) Are Working to Understand Impacts through Partnerships.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 2 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

Join us Tuesday, October 2, 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Managing Global Acidification on a Regional Scale: How the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal Acidification Networks (MACAN and NECAN) Are Working to Understand Impacts through Partnerships. 

The chemistry of the ocean is changing. Carbon dioxide released through emissions and deforestation is absorbed and dissolved into the ocean. The regional Coastal Acidification Networks of the US Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (NECAN and MACAN) are consortiums of scientists, marine industry, and resource managers with a central goal of sharing information to better understand the impacts of acidification to appropriately manage and adapt to these conditions. Coordinators for NECAN and MACAN will discuss how these regional efforts work towards identifying and pursuing opportunities to understand coastal and ocean acidification in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, building upon the skills and interests of individual members and providing a forum to share best practices in monitoring, sampling collection, and researching effects to collectively meet the challenges of our changing coastal and ocean waters.

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).