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.
This webinar was presented by the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership, Earth Economics, and the Ecosystem Services Partnership.
Ecosystem services valuation data is abundant, yet often hard to find. This is especially true for the marine world which has seen a proliferation of valuable data coming from a wide variety of peer-reviewed journals and grey literature. This webinar brings together three organizations offering tools and databases to ease access to and the use of valuation information. The Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership (MESP) offers a searchable library of marine valuation data, which currently holds over 800 studies. The MESP is also a community of practice updating its members on the latest news, events, and jobs in the field. Earth Economics recently developed an Ecosystem Valuation Toolkit. Their data repository is the “world's largest database of published valuation data and literature from natural and social sciences”. They also offer a self-service tool to conduct ecosystem service valuation and natural capital appraisal. The Ecosystem Services Partnership created the Ecosystem Services Valuation Database (ESVD) which contains original values in monetary units, organised by service and biome.
Presented by Lance Morgan, President, and Russell Moffitt, MPAtlas Project Manager; Marine Conservation Institute. Currently, only about 1.8% of the world’s oceans are in MPAs; far less than the 12% of land area that is protected. Of the world’s MPAs, only a small fraction—less than half—are in areas designated as no-take marine reserves, places where fishing is prohibited. MPAtlas.org is an interactive online compilation of key information on the world’s MPAs to help users locate and learn about individual MPAs. Speakers will discuss country- and regional-level progress towards implementing MPAs and allow users to obtain information on the distribution of MPAs relative to social, political, and ecological contexts.
Many communities are ready to take action to adapt to changing conditions, but may be unsure which actions are good investments. Recent software enhancements in the Coastal Adaptation to Sea level rise Tool (COAST) help predict and visualize damages from ranges of sea level rise and storm surge frequency and intensity and the relative benefits of candidate adaptation responses. COAST output is in the form of Google Earth-compatible files and tables showing costs versus benefits (avoided costs) of stakeholder-derived adaptation scenarios. These outputs have proven effective in helping communities generate policy and finance innovations necessary for a robust response to the combined threats of sea level rise and storm surge. The webinar will explore new capabilities of the tool and provide an array of recent case studies and other software enhancements underway. The free software is available online, along with a user's manual and tutorial data sets, at http://efc.muskie.usm.maine.edu/pages/coast.html.
Thinking about starting a citizen science program and wondering how to make it successful? On this webinar, organizers from three marine citizen science programs in Australia will talk about their citizen science experiences and answer questions from participants. The webinar will last 1.5 hours to allow ample time for questions/discussion after the presentations.