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


February 5, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm GMT

Data-Limited Fisheries: the Framework for Integrated Stock and Habitat
Evaluation (FISHE) by Rod Fujita and Kendra Karr of Environmental Defense Fund.
Thousands of commercial and recreational fisheries exist worldwide,
representing an important component of many countries' economies and supporting
billions of people around the world who rely on healthy oceans for food and
income. Yet the health and status of most fish stocks remain unknown due to the
high cost and complex nature of stock assessments. Stock assessment information
is vital as it informs important decisions on how fisheries are managed, impacting
species’ ability to recover, fishermen’s ability to make a living and the
availability of fish which billions of people around the world rely on as a
source of protein. The Framework for Integrated Stock and Habitat Evaluation
(FISHE) equips fishery managers with a low-cost and highly effective online
resource to assess and sustainably manage their data-limited fishery. FISHE
simplifies the intricate fishery assessment process by walking users through a
structured step-by-step framework that combines multiple methods. This webinar
will walk users through the FISHE framework and describe how EDF has worked in
Belize to implement this data-limited approach. To try out FISHE yourself,
please visit
http://fishe.edf.org. Webinar
co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org. Register for the webinar at


February 12, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm GMT

Oceans into the Landscape Conservation Cooperative Network by Elsa Haubold of
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Conservation challenges of the 21st century are
complex and include both local challenges and widespread threats such as
drought, climate change, and large-scale habitat fragmentation. These complex
threats impact entire landscapes and seascapes and multiple resources
simultaneously and are too large for any single organization to meet alone. The
Landscape Conservation Cooperatives (LCCs) provide a forum for States, Tribes,
Federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities and other groups
to work together in a new way. LCCs provide scientific and technical expertise
for conservation planning at landscape scales and promote collaboration among
their members in defining shared conservation goals. In this webinar, Dr. Elsa
Haubold, National Coordinator for the Landscape Conservation Cooperative
Network, will discuss the LCC Network's mission and objectives, the work of its
partners, and how oceans are integrated into the LCC Network. Learn more about
the LCC Network at
http://lccnetwork.org. Webinar
co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center, the EBM Tools
Network, OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the webinar at


February 25, 2 pm US EST/11 am US PST/7 pm GMT

of the Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) to New York and Connecticut by
Amy Polaczyk of Warren Pinnacle Consulting.
In 2013, the states of New York
and Connecticut and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control
Commission funded the application of the Sea-Level Affecting Marshes Model
(SLAMM) to the entire coast of New York and Long Island Sound. Model
simulations incorporated the most up-to-date wetland layers and hydro-enforced
LiDAR-derived elevation data with an extensive tide range database and dynamic
marsh accretion feedbacks based on mechanistic models of marsh and water
quality characteristics. Simulations were run under four New York-specific
scenarios of future sea level rise. Stochastic uncertainty analyses were
completed, providing confidence intervals for projections, spatial maps showing
likelihood of land conversions, and statistical indicators to characterize
possible future outcomes and thus better assist decision making. This
presentation will discuss the SLAMM application and results, with a focus on
the results of the uncertainty analyses and their implications for identifying
appropriate planning, management, and adaptation strategies. Learn more at
www.warrenpinnacle.com. Webinar co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5992851106115089666.


Wednesday, March
4, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm GMT


Estimating Blue
Carbon Storage in Texas Coastal Wetlands by Jorge Brenner of The Nature
Conservancy, Greg Guannel and Gregg Verutes of the Natural Capital Project, and
Joey Bernhardt of the University of British Columbia.
Blue Carbon
is a term used to define carbon that is stored and sequestered in coastal
wetland habitats. Wetland habitats found along the Gulf Coast of Texas include
coastal salt marshes, fresh water marshes, swamps, seagrass beds, and
mangroves. All of these habitats are capable of storing, or “sinking”,
significant quantities of carbon in their plant matter and soils. The Nature
Conservancy’s Texas Blue Carbon Analysis estimated the total amount of carbon
stored in coastal wetlands along the coast of Texas. These estimates are based
on three “pools” of carbon that are associated with terrestrial and wetland
plant communities: 1) above ground biomass (plant material), 2) below ground
biomass (roots), and 3) soils. The study site was a zone that extended 10
kilometers inland from the entire Texas coastline. Carbon modeling was done
using the InVEST Terrestrial Carbon model (
www.naturalcapitalproject.org/InVEST.html). The results
of this analysis are designed to help prioritize conservation/restoration
activities in wetlands in order to maximize the benefits they provide to all of
society. Currently only about 28% of the coastal wetlands analyzed in this
study are found within protected conservation and management areas.
Webinar co-sponsored by
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Please note: All EBM Tools Network webinars from October 2012 to the present are archived at http://openchannels.org/videos.