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.
This webinar is courtesy of the EBM Tools Network. MonitoringResources.org, developed by the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership, is a suite of tools that helps investigators plan and implement effective, efficient, high quality monitoring projects. The tools provide guidance and support for design and documentation of a monitoring project from the early design stage through implementation and generation of descriptive statistics. Using MonitoringResources.org allows practitioners to easily document information about their projects and programs and share it with many partners. Resource managers, funders, and policy makers benefit by getting a comprehensive view of existing and proposed monitoring projects in a region that allows them to better understand how well priorities are being met, as well as where there are gaps and overlaps in monitoring. Learn more about Monitoring Resources at www.monitoringresources.org.
Howard Levitt, Director of Communications and Partnerships at Golden Gate National Parks, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. Millions of people from San Francisco and around the world come to Golden Gate National Recreation Area each year to enjoy the park’s tremendous recreational and educational opportunities. Learn how the park has created a “ladder of engagement” to connect with everyone from casual visitors to corporate partners to build support for this world class attraction and for marine and coastal conservation.
This webinar is courtesy of the EBM Tools Network. Many coastal natural resource managers and communities have begun to plan for the impacts of climate change on their local ecosystems and infrastructure. Practitioners are finding it difficult to select tools suited to their needs and capacities, however, because of the wide variety of tools, the difficulty of finding easily-understandable information about tool functions, and the lack of ways to compare different tools (e.g. their functionality, data and training requirements, and strengths and limitations). The EBM Tools Network released a decision guide, Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning, in early March. The guide provides information on a set of key tools for multi-sector climate-related planning (i.e. planning which incorporates both ecosystem health and human well-being concerns), explains and illustrates the utility and role of tools in planning, and outlines a process for selecting appropriate tools for a projects. This webinar will provide a short overview of resources provided in the guide (tool matrix, other tool information, case studies, etc.) and use the remaining time for answering questions from participants about the guide and incorporating climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning tools into planning processes. A number of tool experts will also be on hand to answer questions about specific tools described in the guide.