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

December 19, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm GMT

Live Chat on
Community Engagement in Ecosystem Service Assessments with the VALMER Project
. In this
interactive “Office Hour” chat, Linwood Pendleton, Wendy Dodds, Tara Hooper,
François Morisseau and Karine Dedieu of the VALMER project will answer your
questions on ecosystem service assessment (ESAs). The VALMER team conducted a
workshop during the last International Marine Conservation Congress to discuss
the implementation of ESAs in the field. The workshop led to questions on how
the involvement of various stakeholders and decision-makers in the ESA process
affects implementation. This Office Hour will focus on the process in which
stakeholders, decision makers, and other parties are engaged in the ESA process
- and how lessons from the communication and marketing fields may help to
improve the engagement process. For more information on the VALMER project,
please read their blog Ecosystem services
valuation and assessment: Is the process more important than the product?


co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org and the Marine Ecosystem Services Partnership.
Join the chat at http://openchannels.org/chat/live-chat-community-engagement-ecosystem-service-assessments-valmer-project.


[About Live
“Office Hour” Chats: The event will be an interactive chat conducted by typing
and reading text. There is no audio component. Office Hour chats provide an
opportunity for audience members to ask questions to our guests; audience
members may also share their own experiences and insights with the guests and
other participants. All participants are able (and encouraged) to post, and all
participants are able to view all posts. Inappropriate or off-topic content
will be controlled. Audience members are encouraged to login with their
Facebook or Twitter accounts, or type in their name below the comment box, so
we can easily match participants’ questions with answers. Recently answered
questions will be "pinned" to the top of the Chat interface below. If
you miss the live event, a transcript will be available on this page after the
event concludes.]


Thursday, January
8, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm GMT

Keeping the
Promise of Sydney - Next Steps for the Marine Agenda from the World Parks
In this webinar, Lauren Wenzel, Acting Director of the NOAA National MPA
Center, and Dan Laffoley, Marine Vice Chair for IUCN's World Commission on
Protected Areas, will present on coastal and marine recommendations and next
steps from November's landmark global forum on world parks. Read a summary of
OpenChannels’ coverage of the Worlds Park Congress at
http://openchannels.org/blog/nwehner/everything-marine-you-need-know-2014-world-parks-congress. Webinar
co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center,
OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the webinar at


Tuesday, January
20, 2 pm US EST/11 am US PST/7 pm GMT

An Ocean of
Story Maps by Dawn Wright of ESRI and Jenny Lentz of the Aquarium of the
The story map is a relatively new medium for sharing not only data,
photos, videos, sounds, and maps, but for telling a specific and compelling
story by way of that content. Story map apps provide the user with
sophisticated cartographic functionality that does not require advanced
training in cartography or GIS. Story maps are essentially web map applications
built from web maps, which in turn are built from web-accessible data
(including OGC WMS, WFS). Depending on the chosen complexity of a story map, it
can be built in anywhere from a few minutes to a few days. With the beauty and
utility of underlays such as the Esri Ocean Basemap, as well as a small tsunami
of ocean content percolating up through a host of open data sites, there are
powerful stories being told about coastal zone management, conservation,
exploration and other forms of scientific field work. These stories are
informing, educating, entertaining, and inspiring decision-makers on a wide
variety of coastal issues. This presentation will take the audience on a small
tour of a growing catalog of coastal and ocean story maps, many of which are
accessible via MarineCadastre.gov and NOAA’s Digital Coast. It will also
highlight the various resources available for building and deploying story maps,
and discuss the utility of this medium for presenting, not just photos and
videos, but more analytical results. Learn more about Story Maps at
http://storymaps.esri.com. Webinar co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8041913070108707330.


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 https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3202351068862563329.


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 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.