Webinar Archives

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.

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ MPA Management Capacity Building Program works with 22 countries around the world on a wide range of topics including climate change adaptation, marine spatial planning, managing tourism, MPAs and fisheries, and other topics. What can their experiences in other countries teach US MPA managers?  Courtesy of the EBM Tools Network and the National Marine Protected Areas Center

Presented by Tim Welch of Ecotrust. Madrona is an open source software framework for creating web-based tools for place-based decision-making. It is based on the idea that one-size-fits-all software solutions fall short because all situations are different. Madrona strives to make choosing features that are tailored to specific goals, processes, audiences, geographies, and cultures as efficient and cost effective as possible. Core materials form a strong foundation (group collaboration, a spatial content management system), and there are options to choose from (2D and 3D mapping, sketch and scenario planning, analytics) and the flexibility to make customizations and enhancements (leveraging additional third-party tools and services). This webinar will provide an introduction to Madrona and a variety of tools Ecotrust has created with it including Washington Marine Planner, the Mid-Atlantic Marine Planner (in partnership with The Nature Conservancy), and the Aquatic Priorities Tool (in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). The Madrona framework evolved from MarineMap, an open source planning tool developed by the MarineMap Consortium from 2007-2011 to support stakeholders in designing marine protected areas for the California Marine Life Protection Act Initiative. Learn more at http://madrona.ecotrust.org. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.

Presented by John Davis and Nick Wehner of of Marine Ecosystems and Management and MPA News. Marine Ecosystems and Management (MEAM) and its sister newsletter MPA News have partnered to build a new website to help coastal and marine management and conservation practitioners share knowledge more easily. OpenChannels (openchannels.org) is a comprehensive source for news, guidance, and community discussion on sustainable practices in ocean planning and management including marine spatial planning, EBM, and marine protected areas. Although its capabilities will continue to grow over time, OpenChannels already offers an array of tools including: a robust and searchable library of a thousand publications on ocean planning and management topics, open discussion forums and regular live chats with experts, the ability to rate a wide array of content on its usefulness, as well as comment on articles from MEAM and MPA News, a growing collection of instructional videos, and a team of regular commentators. OpenChannels is being developed in an adaptive way, learning from practitioners what works and what doesn't and improving constantly. Learn more at openchannels.org. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network, MPA News, and Marine Ecosystems and Management.

This webinar explored how two companies' innovations in plastic manufacturing could help address the problem of persistent ocean plastics in different ways.

Demonstration of Uncertainty Analysis using the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) by Marco Propato and Jonathan Clough of Warren Pinnacle Consulting, courtesy of the EBM Tools Network.

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