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.
This webinar is courtesyy of the EBM Tools Network. Webinar on the Role of Decision Support Tools and Toolkits in Improving Conservation Capacity by Patrick Crist of NatureServe. This webinar will address how tools can improve conservation capacity, provide examples where this has occurred, examine reasons why tools don’t get used, and discuss new directions in toolkits and web-based decision support. This presentation was originally given as a keynote address at the Capacity Building for Conservation meeting hosted by the Humboldt Institute in Villa de Levya, Colombia, in February 2013.
David Goldsborough is a senior researcher from the Netherlands working on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) and cross-border marine policy issues on the North Sea. David presented a short seminar from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) at the University of Washington, discussing recent findings from an EU-funded study on cross-border Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) on the North Sea.
Sarah Marquis, of the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. Federal and state marine and coastal programs in California are working together to spread the word about the value of healthy oceans through Thank You Ocean, a series of public service announcements, podcasts and other tools that are reaching a broad and diverse audiences. Learn how stronger communications networking can increase your MPA program’s impact.
This webinar is courtesy of the EBM Tools Network. Webinar on Mapping and Visualizing Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts by Doug Marcy of NOAA Coastal Services Center. It is one thing to have a discussion or write about a one- or two-foot rise in the ocean surface and the potential impacts to a local community, and it is another to show someone a map, highlighting the areas that will potentially be impacted. The ability to visualize the potential height and inland extent of water gives us a better understanding of the corresponding impacts and consequences. Over the past several years, the lessons learned from investigating pilot sea level change mapping applications have led to the development of a next generation sea level rise and coastal flooding viewer. This presentation will provide a brief history of previous sea level change visualization pilots and a detailed discussion of new methods, featuring a demonstration of the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer. In this webinar, participants will learn about: 1) the benefits of providing interactive maps online for visualizing inundation risks and potential impacts; 2) new mapping techniques that incorporate high-resolution data sources; and 3) the methods used to develop the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, its current status, and plans for expanding the tool to the rest of the coastal U.S. Learn more about the Viewer at csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slrviewer.
Dr. Liz Whiteman, of the MPA Monitoring Enterprise at the California Ocean Science Trust, presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. Monitoring California's statewide network of MPAs will produce an unprecedented body of data that will be useful not only to assess the performance of MPAs, but also to measure the health of the ocean ecosystems and inform management decisions. Find out about the new framework developed to guide a partnerships-based monitoring program and a new online community platform – OceanSpaces - for sharing monitoring data and results.
Bill Mott, Director and Wei Ying Wong, Communications Project Director of The Ocean Project presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network and the National MPA Center. The Ocean Project conducts cutting edge market research and analysis to help inform outreach and education on ocean issues. Find out what people really think about ocean issues, and how to target your outreach messages.
Presented by Suzanne Langridge of The Natural Capital Project. Rising sea levels coupled with population growth along coasts make climate adaptation planning an imperative. The framework of ecosystem services can help managers understand how alternative management and climate scenarios are likely to affect a broad range of services delivered to people from coastal ecosystems. To support planners and decision-makers in their efforts to manage natural resources in the face of a changing climate, The Natural Capital Project is developing methods to incorporate ecosystem services into climate adaptation planning. To accomplish this, we are applying the InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs) ecosystem service accounting tool, building new tools that evaluate vulnerability of coastal ecosystems to climate change and the capacity for ecosystems to adapt, and working to integrate our tools with other existing tools (e.g., The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience tool, the CSC NOAA Sea Level Rise Viewer, SLAMM). In parallel, we are working directly with planners and decision-makers in various contexts to inform climate adaptation planning and to ensure that the tools we develop are useful in the real world. In this webinar we will present results from several on-the-ground applications (e.g. California, Texas), introduce our tools, and have an open discussion about additional ways to incorporate climate information into planning. Learn more about the Natural Capital Project here: naturalcapitalproject.org and more about InVEST here: naturalcapitalproject.org/models/models.html. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network, and it was
Phillip Levin and Brian Wells of NOAA presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network. In an era of diverse and potentially conflicting uses of ocean resources, successful implementation of EBM requires a means to assess ecosystem status and evaluate tradeoffs inherent in the management of ecosystems. Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) is a process for achieving these two goals. IEAs synthesize information about the biophysical and human dimensions of an ecosystem and evaluate the impacts of multiple ecosystem threats on the ability to achieve desired ecosystem states. They assess risk, evaluate tradeoffs between management options, and assess how management decisions are working. This presentation will cover the IEA approach with an emphasis on the development and implementation of an IEA for the California Current.
Melanie McField of Healthy Reefs Initiative, and Ben Kushner and Lauretta Burke of World Resources Institute presented this webinar with the EBM Tools Network. In an era of diverse and potentially conflicting uses of ocean resources, successful implementation of EBM requires a means to assess ecosystem status and evaluate tradeoffs inherent in the management of ecosystems. Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) is a process for achieving these two goals. IEAs synthesize information about the biophysical and human dimensions of an ecosystem and evaluate the impacts of multiple ecosystem threats on the ability to achieve desired ecosystem states. They assess risk, evaluate tradeoffs between management options, and assess how management decisions are working. This presentation will cover the IEA approach with an emphasis on the development and implementation of an IEA for the California Current.