Presented by Steve Gittings of NOAA. “Sentinel sites” are areas with the capacity for sustained ocean observations to track environmental change. Within national marine sanctuaries, these observations are focused on ecological integrity and early warning indicators in order to inform decisions by resource managers. Monitoring data, characterization and applied research efforts are the backbone of the sentinel site program. The presentation will illustrate how Sanctuaries are serving as sentinel sites. Environmental monitoring plays an integral role in management actions such as response, mitigation, restoration, management plan review, permitting, enforcement, and education. Sanctuaries are also designing web capabilities to deliver sentinel site information to managers and other users. Webinar co-hosted by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, EcoAdapt, and The EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Jeff Crooks of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and Dwight Trueblood of NOAA. The National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) are uniquely positioned across the U.S. to assess climate change impacts and the sensitivity of representative coastal habitats to them. The NERRS Climate Sensitivity Study identified key anthropogenic and climatic stressors affecting each reserve’s ecological and social landscape and then analyzed the social and bio-physical sensitivity to these stressors. Presenters will share key findings from this study, and the Tijuana River Reserve in California will discuss their collaborative efforts to develop a vulnerability assessment that informs an Adaptation Strategy to address sea level rise and riverine flooding. Webinar co-hosted by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and The EBM Tools Network.
Presented by John Graybeal and Chris Kalima of Marinexplore. Making sense of the increasing volume of complex ocean data is a difficult and time-consuming task. Marinexplore is a “big data platform” to help offshore industry, marine logistics, scientists, and government organizations reduce data processing time and make informed decisions faster. Marinexplore handles all spatial data types; relates data to location, depth, and time; and allows for visualization and analysis of diverse data types on a single platform. Learn more at Marinexplore.org. Webinar co-hosted by the EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Rebecca Beavers and Courtney Schupp of the US National Park Service. Climate change and sea level rise will challenge National Park efforts to protect natural and cultural resources and to provide visitor access and recreational opportunities. Learn how several national parks are addressing these challenges: collecting baseline data on archaeological sites that are vulnerable to rising water levels and associated changes in biological activity and visitor use; incorporating barrier island processes into long-term development plans including visitor facilities; and engaging in a regional multi-agency effort to restore coastal areas impacted by a major hurricane.Webinar co-hosted by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and The EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Jake Levenson and Brad Winney of Conserve.IO. Understanding changes to animal and plant species and their environments is crucial to the long-term well-being of our planet, but current methods for recording and publishing conservation data are antiquated, proprietary and expensive. Conserve.IO is deploying mobile, web and crowdsourcing technology to simplify and scale the collection of conservation data and make that data more actionable. Conserve.IO founders worked with NOAA's Stellwagwen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to build Whale Alert. Whale Alert is the first mobile application to make the process of complying with regulations intended to protect right whales in the N.E. United States much easier, and potentially, reduce the number of fatal whale strikes. Conserve.IO is now working to bring this functionality across the spectrum of critically endangered species and habitats. Current app platforms include Spotter and Alert. Spotter uses smart phone GPS to facilitate geo-data collection and provides a customizable data driven back-end, cloud-based data collection and synchronization. It incorporates multiple base-map layers such as bathymetry and imagery and can incorporate alerts zones. Alert automatically displays GPS triggered "Do's and Don'ts" by species, seasonal limits and region. It can integrate multiple layers of maps, satellite imagery and weather and can be published to over 30,000 boating mobile application users. This webinar will demonstrate Spotter and Alert as well as discuss Conserve.IO’s vision for standardizing conservation collection effort, harnessing crowd-sourcing for scientific research, and taking innovative new approaches to big data challenges. Learn more at Conserve.io. This webinar is co-sponsored by OpenChannels and the EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Pat Halpin of Duke. A changing climate has been shown to have broad effects on a variety of living marine resources. Understanding how these changes will impact future distribution, abundance and resilience of marine species is important for implementing ocean resource management plans. However, data on climate rarely are used when forming new regulations, with barriers to incorporation existing at all levels in the decision making process. This webinar will be an informational session to identify and discuss the potential use and possible barriers to incorporating climate forecasting models into the management of living marine resources. Interactive participation by all attendees in the discussion is highly encouraged. In addition, a follow-on survey will seek input from marine managers and decision makers to more clearly identify the potential uses and possible barriers to using climate forecasts in the management of marine species. Outcomes from this webinar and survey will provide information directly to the NASA ecological forecasting team and relevant federal agencies. Learn more at http://mgel.env.duke.edu/projects/climatetools. This webinar is co-sponsored by OpenChannels, the EBM Tools Network and EcoAdapt.
Presented by Peter Harris of Geoscience Australia and Jonas Rupp of Conservation International. A partnership effort between Geoscience Australia, GRID- Arendal, and Conservation International has created a new global map of seafloor geomorphology. Seafloor geomorphology is useful for ocean management because different geomorphic features (e.g. submarine canyons, seamounts, spreading ridges, escarpments, plateaus, trenches etc.) are commonly associated with particular suites of habitats and biological communities. These associations are particularly useful in locations where other data sources on benthic habitats are unavailable, such as in the ocean territory of developing states and in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The map will provide a global inventory of features, which can be used by global, regional, and national institutions for priority setting to achieve objectives related to planning, conservation and management measures for marine resources, biological diversity and ecosystem services. View the map at geoiq.grida.no/maps/1136. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Pat Comer of NatureServe. In 2008, IUCN launched a process for establishing an IUCN Red List of Ecosystems that uses quantitative criteria to categorizing ecosystems according to their risk of rangewide collapse, using a process analogous to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The standard for assessing the status of ecosystems at local, national, regional, and global levels is currently being refined with the goal of providing an initial assessment of conservation status of the world’s terrestrial, freshwater, marine, and subterranean ecosystems by 2025. NatureServe is contributing to a new continental effort, From Alaska to Patagonia: IUCN Red List of the Continental Ecosystems of the Americas, which will provide a demonstration of the approach for continental-scale applications. This webinar will provide an overview of the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems standard, the From Alaska to Patagonia initiative, and NatureServe’s ongoing contributions. We are seeking experts interested in providing information and peer-review for this pilot effort between November 2013 and May 2014. Please note: This webinar will last 1.5 hours. Learn more about the IUCN Red List of Ecosystems at iucnredlistofecosystems.org and the From Alaska to Patagonia initiative at iucnredlistofecosystems.org/about-us/ongoing-initiatives/alaska-patagonia. This webinar was cosponsored by the EBM Tools Network.
Presented by Heidi Stiller of NOAA. The new report “What Will Adaptation Cost? An Economic Framework for Coastal Community Infrastructure” provides a framework that community leaders and planners can use to make more economically informed decisions about adapting to sea level rise and storm flooding. The four-step framework can be used to perform a holistic assessment of costs and benefits across a community, or to focus in on select infrastructure. This webinar will provide an overview of the framework as well as provide information on the expertise needed for steps in the process. Read the report at http://csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/publications/adaptation. This webinar is co-sponsored by OpenChannels and the EBM Tools Network.
Presented by by John Wathen of US EPA and Johanna Weston of the California State Water Board. Learn about two programs to protect the water quality critical to the health and effectiveness of marine protected areas. EPA's Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Program provides grants to coastal and Great Lakes states to monitor beaches for contamination and notify the public about water pollution threats. The program is now implementing new water quality criteria, including analysis and monitoring methods. California’s State Water Board administers 34 Areas of Special Biological Significance (ASBS). To preserve biologically unique and sensitive marine ecosystems for future generations, municipalities, wastewater treatment plants and other dischargers are regulated to reduce water pollution impacts to these special places.