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

Monday, November 24, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm

Fish Carbon - Meeting the Climate Change Challenge by Steven
Lutz of GRID-Arendal and Angela Martin of Blue Climate Solutions.
response to the call by the United Nations to provide innovative solutions to
address the climate challenge and to prevent global biodiversity loss,
GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the United Nations Environment
Programme, and Blue Climate Solutions, a project of The Ocean Foundation, have
produced a report on the potential of marine vertebrates carbon services to
readily fill this void. The report presents eight Fish Carbon mechanisms and
raises options for the future of international climate change mitigation
efforts and ocean management. The report includes a preface by Sylvia Earle,
Founder of Mission Blue and a former Chief Scientist of NOAA, who notes that
“acknowledging the importance of marine life in climate change will not only
provide much needed opportunities in climate mitigation, but will
simultaneously enhance food security for coastal and island communities, while
safeguarding biodiversity and marine ecosystems on a global scale, particularly
in the unprotected high seas.” An Advance Copy of report was launched on 9
November 2014 in Abu Dhabi and is available online at www.grida.no/publications/fish-carbon.
Webinar co-sponsored by OpenChannels.org. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/831591793034024962.


Tuesday, November 25, Noon US EST/9 am US PST/5 pm

Making Blue Carbon Work: Building Blue Carbon Projects and the GEF Blue Forests Project
by Steven Lutz and Christian Neumann of GRID-Arendal.

Blue carbon projects can
work! A new report entitled ‘Building Blue Carbon Projects: An Introductory
Guide’ showcases how using the value of carbon stored and sequestered in marine
and coastal ecosystems can support conservation and sustainable management.
This report aims to stimulate the discussion around projects that use a blue
carbon approach, while also highlighting common blue carbon project
elements and key issues from existing projects. Presented within the
report are several case studies, including the Global Environment Facility's
Blue Forests Project. This four-year global project is in its inception phase
and aims to demonstrate how the values of carbon and other ecosystem services
can be used to stimulate improved and sustainable ecosystem management. The
project will be discussed in further detail in this webinar. Download ‘Building
Blue Carbon Projects: An Introductory Guide’ at:
http://bluecarbonportal.org/blog/blue-carbon-projects-can-work-new-report-shows. Webinar co-sponsored by
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Thursday, December
11, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm GMT

the Resilience of Caribbean Coral Reefs by Jeremy Jackson of the Smithsonian
Institution and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Dr. Jackson
will present on the new report Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs:
1970-2012. The report is a result of a three-year joint effort of the
International Coral Reef Initiative’s (ICRI) Global Coral Reef Monitoring
Network (GCRMN), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN),
and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). It is the most detailed
and comprehensive study of its kind published to date and is the result of the
work of nearly 200 experts over the course of three years. Average Caribbean
coral cover declined by half but varies greatly among locations with some sites
showing little or no decline. The principal drivers of reef degradation so far
have been local impacts of overfishing and coastal development that are
potentially reversible by local action. Banning destructive fishing and
strengthening coastal zone management would increase resilience of Caribbean
reefs to the inevitable future impacts of climate change. Download the report
at www.iucn.org/knowledge/publications_doc/publications/?uPubsID=5035.
Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center,
OpenChannels.org, and MPA News. Register for the webinar at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/232614141621705218.


December 16, 1 pm US EST/10 am US PST/6 pm GMT

The Blue
Carbon Mapping Toolkit by Tim Wilkinson of UNEP World Conservation Monitoring
. The Blue Carbon Mapping Toolkit is a unique suit of tools developed by
AGEDI, GRID-Arendal, and UNEP-WCMC to broadly assess the impact of development
on coastal marine ecosystems and the associated blue carbon stocks in Abu
Dhabi. The tool consists of three components; a web based application to add,
edit and validate areas of habitat; a mobile application for use in the field;
and a public-facing site that enables decision makers to quickly assess blue
carbon stocks in their area of interest. This webinar will dive into how the
toolkit works to provide an accurate, evolving map of blue carbon habitats.
Learn more at
http://bluecarbon.unep-wcmc.org. Webinar co-sponsored by
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Tuesday, January
20, 2 pm US EST/11 am US PST/7 pm GMT

An Ocean of
Story Maps by Dawn Wright of ESRI.
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 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.
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