Many communities are ready to take action to adapt to changing conditions, but may be unsure which actions are good investments. Recent software enhancements in the Coastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool (COAST) help predict and visualize damages from ranges of sea level rise and storm surge frequency and intensity and the relative benefits of candidate adaptation responses. COAST output is in the form of Google Earth-compatible files and tables showing costs versus benefits (avoided costs) of stakeholder-derived adaptation scenarios. These outputs have proven effective in helping communities generate policy and finance innovations necessary for a robust response to the combined threats of sea level rise and storm surge. The webinar will explore new capabilities of the tool and provide an array of recent case studies and other software enhancements underway. The free software is available online, along with a user's manual and tutorial data sets, at http://efc.muskie.usm.maine.edu/pages/coast.html.
Thinking about starting a citizen science program and wondering how to make it successful? On this webinar, organizers from three marine citizen science programs in Australia will talk about their citizen science experiences and answer questions from participants. The webinar will last 1.5 hours to allow ample time for questions/discussion after the presentations.
Peter Edwards of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. How do we know what impacts MPAs and other coastal management tools are having on the lives of people who live nearby? This information is critical for management decisions, but often lacking. The Global Socioeconomic Monitoring Initiative for Coastal Management (SocMon) works through regional and local partners to conduct community-based socioeconomic monitoring. Partners collect household and community level data about dependence on coral reef resources, perceptions of resource conditions, threats to marine and coastal resources, and support for strategies such as marine protected areas. Take a look at some of these monitoring exercises and learn about findings, lessons learned and challenges facing effective use of human dimensions data as part of coastal resource management.
Aulani Wilhelm of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument presented this webinar with the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network. Is big always better? Big Ocean is a network of managers and partners of existing and proposed large-scale marine managed areas. The network’s aim is to improve the effectiveness of management efforts, to serve as a peer learning resource and support system, and to build the professional standards of practice for large, remote MPAs. The six founding member sites in Australia, the United States, Kiribati, Chagos (UK) and Chile represent more than 900,000 mi2 (2.3 million km2) of ocean ecosystems – roughly the same size as the Mediterranean Sea.
On this webinar, cohosted by the EBM Tools Network, organizers from three marine citizen science programs along the U.S. West Coast will describe how their programs work and answer questions from webinar participants. The webinar will last 1.5 hours to allow ample time for questions/discussion after the presentations. Featured presenters and projects are: Jan Freiwald from Reef Check California; Julia Parrish of the University of Washington; Sarah Sikich of Heal the Bay.
Presented by Mark Finkbeiner and Chris Robinson of NOAA. The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) provides a comprehensive national framework for organizing information about coasts and oceans and their living systems. This framework accommodates the physical, biological, and chemical data that collectively define coastal and marine ecosystems. The recent endorsement of CMECS by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is an important step in facilitating development of regionally consistent spatial data and integrating data derived using various technologies. While some users will employ CMECS at the outset of their projects, for many others CMECS will form the unifying framework for incorporating existing spatial data classified according to other systems. To facilitate this process, NOAA Coastal Services Center has developed a tool which imports benthic cover data classified using the System for Classification of Habitats in Estuarine and Marine Environments (SCHEME) and produces a CMECS geodatabase as an output product. This tool functions in an ESRI environment and can be adapted to work with other classification systems. This presentation will highlight the CMECS data model, demonstrate the tool’s functionality, describe the cross-walking process, and show how it can be adapted to other commonly used data. Read more about CMECS at csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/publications/cmecs. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
Maxine Westhead of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. Planning a network of MPAs off of Canada’s East Coast of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is no small task. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is the lead agency of this effort, working in partnership with Environment Canada, Parks Canada and the provinces to design a marine protected areas network that represents the region’s diverse habitats and ecosystems to meet the goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as national and regional goals and mandates. Maxine will describe the work completed to date for this unique area of Canadian waters, successes, challenges, and next steps in the planning process.
Ben Sherrouse and Darius Semmens of USGS, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network. Social Values for Ecosystem Services (SolVES) is a GIS-based tool to assess, map, and quantify nonmarket values of ecosystem services as perceived by stakeholders. These perceived social values often correspond to cultural ecosystem services, such as aesthetics and recreation. These values can be compared among different stakeholder groups distinguished by their attitudes and preferences regarding public uses, such as motorized recreation or logging. SolVES derives a nonmonetary, 10-point social-values metric, the value index (VI), from a combination of spatial and nonspatial responses to public attitude and preference surveys. It then models the relationship between VI and characteristics of the underlying environment, such as average distance to water and dominant land cover. Additionally, SolVES facilitates the transfer of social-value models to areas where primary survey data are not available. Learn more about SolVES at solves.cr.usgs.gov.
Presented by Kelley Higgason of the Gulf of the Farallones NMS and, Michael Fitzgibbon, of PRBO. Our Coast–Our Future (OCOF) provides San Francisco Bay Area planners and managers with online maps and tools to help understand, visualize, and anticipate vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storms. OCOF provides a variety of information and tools needed to plan for changing Bay Area shorelines including: seamless Digital Elevation Model (DEM) at 2 meter horizontal resolution; 25 cm increment sea level rise projections between 0 - 2 meters with a 5 meter extreme; storm scenarios using the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS); and interactive maps overlaying infrastructure and ecosystem vulnerabilities. Scenarios and decision support tools are currently available for the North-central California coast and are anticipated to be available for San Francisco Bay by Summer 2014. This webinar will provide information on how these products were created as well as give a live demonstration of their capabilities. Learn more at prbo.org/ocof. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Networks.
John Wagner of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. The Battle of the Atlantic has been called the longest, largest and most complex naval battle in history, running throughout World War II and extending across the Atlantic to U.S. shores. The Battle of the Atlantic Expedition is a multiyear maritime archaeology project to survey and document historically significant shipwrecks lost off the coast of North Carolina. Find out more about the field of maritime archaeology, innovative archaeological survey technologies, and Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s efforts to raise awareness and appreciation of these nonrenewable cultural resources.