Webinar Archives

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.

Demonstration of Oregon MarineMap by Andy Lanier of the Oregon Coastal Management Program and Charles Steinback of Ecotrust, courtesy of the EBM Tools Network.

This webinar explored how NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Digital Ocean Collaborative on Marine Debris, and other partners are planning for the potential arrival of Japanese tsunami marine debris in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands in early 2012.

Presentation on Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan Use of Decision Support Tools by Nick Napoli and Stephanie Moura of the Massachusetts Ocean Partnership, courtesy of the EBM Tools Network.

Presentation on the "Decision Guide: Selecting Decision Support Tools for Marine Spatial Planning" by Melissa Foley and Erin Prahler of the Center for Ocean Solutions, courtesy of the EBM Tools Network.

This webinar was presented by Patrick Crist and Ian Varley.

Regional and local agencies in charge of policy-making and land use planning are in great need of increased technical capacity for conducting the kind of analyses and planning necessary to address coastal conservation challenges. This project provided scientific and technical assistance to increase such capacity within participating state, regional, and local government entities and enable them to develop and establish concrete and scientifically defensible plans of action for conserving Georgia’s coastal ecosystems and species.

NatureServe worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to apply the NatureServe Vista decision support tool within a broader toolkit that included Maxent for species distribution modeling, Circuitscape for modeling habitat connectivity, and Marxan for generating optimal conservation priority networks. Vista was used to develop the following summaries and assessments:

  • integrate all of the map and expert knowledge information on conservation elements (an extensive list of ecosystems, priority biological communities, and individual species)
  • characterize a current scenario, and a future scenario with expected future development, and a projection of sea level rise
  • assess the impacts of each scenario
  • interoperate with Marxan to generate a conservation priority network for the region
  • downscale the regional project to two county-level projects
  • integrate more detailed county land use data and evaluate the scenarios at the county level