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Upcoming Webinars and Events

Climate-driven species redistribution in marine systems

Event Date: 
Tuesday, September 11, 5 pm US EDT/2 pm US PDT/9 pm UTC - Wednesday, September 12, 7 am Australian EST

Join us Tuesday, September 11, 2018  5 pm PDT for a webinar on Climate-driven species redistribution in marine systems. 

Presented by: Gretta Pecl of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and Centre for Marine Socioecology in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Climate change is driving a pervasive global redistribution of the planet’s species, with manifest implications from genes to ecosystems across multiple temporal and spatial scales. Species redistribution defies current approaches to natural resource management that focus on restoring systems to a baseline and are often based on boundaries drawn in the past. Changes in distribution of marine resources creates difficulties, particularly when species cross jurisdictional boundaries and where historical catch rates and assessment processes may no longer be appropriate. Moreover, we are still a long way from understanding the suite of mechanisms and processes underlying the high variation in rate and magnitude of shifts. We have even less understanding of how species redistribution will drive changes in ecological communities and further complicate aspirations of ecosystem-based management. Climate-driven species redistribution therefore presents intriguing ecological challenges to unravel, as well as fundamental philosophical questions and urgent issues related to ecology, fisheries, food security, Indigenous and local livelihoods, and many other aspects of human well-being. This presentation will highlight some of the progress with adaptation planning and adaptation actions at international, national and local scales, including the need for an interdisciplinary approach and stakeholder engagement.

Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Tackling ghost gear in hot spot areas: How innovative partnerships are helping developing countries address lost and abandoned fishing gear

Event Date: 
Tuesday September 18th, 1pm PST, 4pm EST / Wednesday September 19th, 6am AEST

Join us Tuesday September 18th, 1pm PST, 4pm EST / Wednesday September 19th, 6am AEST for a webinar on Tackling ghost gear in hot spot areas: How innovative partnerships are helping developing countries address lost and abandoned fishing gear. 

Presenters: Ingrid Giskes and Joel Baziuk of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and Nick Mallos from Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas® Program.

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative is a cross-sectoral alliance working to tackle the problem of ghost fishing gear worldwide by building evidence, catalyzing sustainable solutions, and promoting best practice. In this webinar, we will discuss new ground-breaking partnerships that we are fostering to scale-up efforts. We will also highlight some new innovative solution projects that we have rolled out in developing countries, including in Indonesia, Myanmar, and the wider South Pacific region. Finally, we will touch on the external opportunities that we see to further leverage the issue of ghost gear. This webinar complements our previous webinar Ghost Fishing Gear: The Global Problem and the Global Solution held on April 10, 2018. That webinar can be viewed at https://www.openchannels.org/webinars/2018/ghost-fishing-gear-global-problem-and-global-solution.

Webinar cosponsored by MarineDebris. Info and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and OCTO). 

Managing Global Acidification on a Regional Scale: How the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal Acidification Networks (MACAN and NECAN) Are Working to Understand Impacts through Partnerships.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 2 at 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC

Join us Tuesday, October 2, 1pm US EDT / 10am US PDT / 5pm UTC for a webinar on Managing Global Acidification on a Regional Scale: How the US Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal Acidification Networks (MACAN and NECAN) Are Working to Understand Impacts through Partnerships. 

The chemistry of the ocean is changing. Carbon dioxide released through emissions and deforestation is absorbed and dissolved into the ocean. The regional Coastal Acidification Networks of the US Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (NECAN and MACAN) are consortiums of scientists, marine industry, and resource managers with a central goal of sharing information to better understand the impacts of acidification to appropriately manage and adapt to these conditions. Coordinators for NECAN and MACAN will discuss how these regional efforts work towards identifying and pursuing opportunities to understand coastal and ocean acidification in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, building upon the skills and interests of individual members and providing a forum to share best practices in monitoring, sampling collection, and researching effects to collectively meet the challenges of our changing coastal and ocean waters.

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).

Leverage a Global Volunteer Network and Access the Data Needed to Solve Environmental Challenges

Event Date: 
Tuesday, October 23, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC

Join us Tuesday, October 23, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on Leverage a Global Volunteer Network and Access the Data Needed to Solve Environmental Challenges.

Presenter: Marcus Pearson and Aisling Force of Adventure Scientists. 

Collecting data can require time, funding, and skills that are unavailable. Efforts to address today’s most pressing issues – from deforestation to antibiotic resistance – often become hamstrung by a lack of access to reliable large-scale data from necessary environments. As a result, Adventure Scientists (www.adventurescientists.org) has built a global network of volunteers from the outdoor community and a platform that enables them to collect otherwise inaccessible data. These data support partners from agencies, nonprofits, and universities in filling crucial data gaps and informing science-based decision-making. This webinar will explore the possibilities that emerge when you engage a worldwide network of highly-skilled adventure-oriented volunteers. This passionate and committed community collects research-grade data at scales, geographies, and within timelines that to date have been unattainable. Our efforts have ranged from discovering the highest-elevation plants (21,260 feet) to collecting water samples from 567 feet below the ocean’s surface. Volunteers can gather physical specimens (e.g., water, soil), conduct wildlife observations, deploy technology (e.g., camera traps), and ground-truth remote-sensing and drone imagery anywhere, at any scale. What could you accomplish with this volunteer network at your service?

Webinar hosted by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by OCTO and NatureServe).