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 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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March 12, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm GMT

Adaptation: Vulnerability Assessment Results and Next Steps for the
North-central California Coast and Ocean by Sara Hutto of the Gulf of the
Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Learn how the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine
Sanctuary MPA is planning for climate-smart adaptation and how you might be
able to use the same approach. Sara Hutto will present the results of a
vulnerability assessment for species, habitats and ecosystem services in the
North-central California region. 
Application of the vulnerability assessment, scenario planning, and the
formation of a working group to develop adaptive management recommendations
will also be discussed. To learn more about how the assessment was conducted,
please view the August 2014 webinar presentation, "A Climate-Smart
Approach to Adaptive Management of North-central California Coast and Ocean
Resources" (
http://openchannels.org/webinars/2014/climate-smart-approach-adaptive-management-north-central-california-coast-and-ocean). 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


March 18, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm GMT

Lessons in
Managing Public Space: From Public Lands to the EEZ by Morgan Gopnik of
Environmental Policy Consulting.
One of the most recent trends in ocean management
has been the introduction of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) to reconcile
multiple human objectives, including economic growth and ecosystem protection,
within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). A very similar balancing act has been
practiced for decades on U.S. public lands with varying degrees of success. A
recently released book, From the Forest
to the Sea: Public Lands Management and Marine Spatial Planning
by Dr.
Morgan Gopnik, shows that the complex and frequently contentious story of the
U.S. National Forests can be instructive to ocean managers. Her analysis shows
how land management approaches evolved over time and reveals the ambiguities
and contradictions inherent in multiple-use management of any public space. This
webinar will discuss how members of the ocean community might achieve their
goals more effectively by learning from the experiences of their land-based
counterparts. ***Interested in reading the book? One lucky webinar attendee
will win a free copy of From the Forest
to the Sea: Public Lands Management and Marine Spatial Planning
www.amazon.com/From-Forest-Sea-Management-Planning/dp/1138014427!*** Webinar co-sponsored by
OpenChannels.org. Register for the webinar at


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

Where's My
Fish? New Tools to Visualize Climate and Other Impacts on Marine Animals by
Malin Pinsky of Rutgers University and Jon Hare of NOAA.
By 2100,
ocean waters are expected to be substantially warmer than they are today, with
profound effects on fisheries. One of the most commonly observed impacts of
climate change is through shifts in species distributions, and recent evidence
suggests that marine fish and invertebrates closely follow climate velocity
(the rate and direction that isotherms move across the seascape). Despite broad
recognition of impacts, however, incorporating climate considerations into
fisheries management has been challenging. Here, we describe a new web-based
tool that will help managers, scientists, fishermen, and the public track
shifts in the distribution of the nation’s marine fish and other animals with
changing ocean conditions. The OceanAdapt website is the result of a
partnership between NOAA Fisheries and Rutgers University that annually
aggregates marine biological survey data from around North America. The effort
is part of the growing trend towards open science and can help in the
preparation of climate vulnerability analyses or in the prioritization of
species for more focused adaptation efforts. Learn more about OceanAdapt at
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2014/12/oceanadapt_trackingfish.html. Webinar
co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org. Register for the webinar at

Download Recordings of Past EBM Tool Webinars (by Date)

Please note: All EBM Tools Network webinars from October 2012 to the present are archived at http://openchannels.org/videos.