EBM Tools Network Webinar and Office Hour Series

The EBM Tools Network Webinar Series highlights key tools and tool use case studies to help practitioners learn about tools quickly and determine their suitability for specific EBM projects. Webinars are held 1-3 times per month and typically last 1 hour.

Upcoming EBM Tool Demonstration Webinars


Thursday, September 25, 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT

Using SeaSketch for Collaborative Design of Ocean
Management Plans by Will McClintock of the University of California at Santa
SeaSketch is a platform for collaborative design of
science-based ocean management plans, including marine protected areas,
transportation zones, and renewable energy sites. SeaSketch can generate hundreds
of alternative proposals and can provide analytical feedback (e.g. habitat
protected, potential social or economic costs and benefits) on a given proposal
within seconds. Users can share their sketches, discuss their ideas, share
views of maps, and post file uploads to discussion forums. This webinar will
present how SeaSketch has been used in two projects: the Blue Halo Initiative
in Barbuda and the Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast
(MaPP).The Blue Halo Initiative used SeaSketch to engage nearly every resident
of the small island of Barbuda in the collaborative design of a comprehensive
zoning plan for the area within Barbuda’s 3 nautical mile boundary. SeaSketch
was configured to show how well user-generated zones met science and policy
guidelines for ecosystem protection and minimizing economic impacts to
fishermen. The Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP)
is a collaborative planning process for four coastal and marine areas in
British Columbia. SeaSketch is assisting MaPP by enabling on-line access to
MaPPs' extensive spatial data library and creating analytical tools to support
MaPPs' work including integrating Marxan outputs with SeaSketch visualization
tools create and/or compare draft protection management zones. Learn more at www.seasketch.org.
Webinar co-sponsored by the OpenChannels.org. Register for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/491064272.


NEW DATE: Thursday, October 9, 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT

A Cultural Resources Toolkit for MPA Managers by Valerie Grussing of the NOAA National MPA Center. The Cultural Heritage Resources Working Group of the MPA Federal Advisory Committee is creating a virtual toolkit for coastal and MPA managers on cultural resource management. The toolkit will provide practical guidance to help MPA managers effectively manage cultural resources. The webinar will present the draft toolkit and provide an opportunity for feedback. Read the Recommendations for Integrated Management Using a Cultural Landscape Approach for the National MPA System at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/pdf/helpful-resources/mpafac_rec_cultural_landscape_12_11.pdf. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the webinar athttps://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/393961960.

Tuesday, October 21, 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT

A Guide to Tools for Landscape Conservation Planning
by Patrick Crist and Kat Maybury of NatureServe
. Tribal, agency, conservation organization, and private
sector managers are engaged in landscape-scale planning to conserve and
sustainably manage natural and cultural resources in the North Pacific region
of the United States and Canada. Tools that facilitate this work vary greatly,
and managers often find it very difficult and time consuming to select tools
appropriate for their work. Through funding from the North Pacific Landscape
Conservation Cooperative, NatureServe has created a guide to tools that support
landscape-level conservation in the face of climate change for natural
resources managers in that region. This guide, based on surveys of tool needs
for the region, emphasizes tools currently in use in the North Pacific region
of the United States and Canada and augments with other proven tools. Much of
the guide is also applicable to landscape-scale conservation planning in other
regions as well. For this work, tools were defined broadly as applications that
facilitate: 1) gathering and distributing relevant data (e.g. regional
databases that support queries and downloads), 2) conducting analyses and
modeling (e.g. vulnerability assessments), 3) visualizing data and
analysis/modeling results (including current and potential future conditions),
and 4) integrating information into planning for conservation, land use, and
land management. This webinar discussion will provide a brief overview of the
guide and tools. Webinar co-sponsored by the OpenChannels.org. Register for
the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/257400065.


Thursday, October 30, 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT/5 pm GMT


Educating the Public about Climate Change Threats
Using Role-Play Simulations: The New England Climate Adaptation Project by
Carri Hulet of The Consensus Building Institute, Tonna-Marie Surgeon-Rogers of
Waquoit Bay NERR, and Steve Miller of Great Bay NERR.
Role-play simulations are experiential exercises that help
community residents and decision-makers learn more about the scientific or
technical issues being debated in various public policy controversies, such as
whether and how to adapt to the risks associated with climate change. The New
England Climate Adaptation Project (NECAP), a partnership of the Consensus
Building Institute, the MIT Science Impact Collaborative, and the National
Estuarine Research Reserve System, is working with four at-risk coastal New
England communities to: 1) assess local climate change risks, 2) identify key
challenges and opportunities for adaptation, and 3) test the use of role-play
simulations as a means to educate the public about climate change threats and
to help communities explore ways of decreasing their vulnerability and
enhancing their resilience to climate change impacts. As part of this project,
science-based role-play simulations were developed for each of the four partner
municipalities. Tailored specifically for each community, these simulations
were designed to engage participants in a mock decision-making process about a
key climate change risk facing their community, such as the possibility of
severe sea level rise and related impacts on coastal infrastructure.
Simulations were based upon local climate change projections, risk assessments,
and in-depth discussions with key community members and public officials in
each town or city. This webinar will discuss the development and use of these
simulations in two of these communities. [If you are interested in
conducting one of these role-play simulations in your town, workplace, or
classroom, the full package of materials is available through
http://necap.scripts.mit.edu/necap/simulations.] Learn more about the New
England Climate Adaptation Project at
http://necap.mit.edu/necap. Webinar co-sponsored by the OpenChannels.org, the EBM Tools
Network, and EcoAdapt. Register for the webinar at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/889878488.

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