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  1. This webinar originally aired on December 12, 2013.

    The National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) are uniquely positioned across the U.S. to assess climate change impacts and the sensitivity of representative coastal habitats to them. The NERRS Climate Sensitivity Study identified key anthropogenic and climatic stressors affecting each reserve’s ecological and social landscape and then analyzed the social and bio-physical sensitivity to these stressors. Presenters will share key findings from this study, and the Tijuana River Reserve in California will discuss their collaborative efforts to develop a vulnerability assessment that informs an Adaptation Strategy to address sea level rise and riverine flooding.

    This webinar was presented by Jeff Crooks of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and Dwight Trueblood of NOAA, and it was co-hosted by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and The EBM Tools Network.

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  2. This webinar originally aired on December 3, 2013.

    Making sense of the increasing volume of complex ocean data is a difficult and time-consuming task. Marinexplore is a “big data platform” to help offshore industry, marine logistics, scientists, and government organizations reduce data processing time and make informed decisions faster. Marinexplore handles all spatial data types; relates data to location, depth, and time; and allows for visualization and analysis of diverse data types on a single platform. Learn more at

    This webinar was presented by John Graybeal and Chris Kalima of Marinexplore, it was co-hosted by the EBM Tools Network.

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  3. This webinar originallyy aired on November 6, 2013.

    Understanding changes to animal and plant species and their environments is crucial to the long-term well-being of our planet, but current methods for recording and publishing conservation data are antiquated, proprietary and expensive. Conserve.IO is deploying mobile, web and crowdsourcing technology to simplify and scale the collection of conservation data and make that data more actionable. Conserve.IO founders worked with NOAA's Stellwagwen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to build Whale Alert. Whale Alert is the first mobile application to make the process of complying with regulations intended to protect right whales in the N.E. United States much easier, and potentially, reduce the number of fatal whale strikes. Conserve.IO is now working to bring this functionality across the spectrum of critically endangered species and habitats. Current app platforms include Spotter and Alert. Spotter uses smart phone GPS to facilitate geo-data collection and provides a customizable data driven back-end, cloud-based data collection and synchronization. It incorporates multiple base-map layers such as bathymetry and imagery and can incorporate alerts zones. Alert automatically displays GPS triggered "Do's and Don'ts" by species, seasonal limits and region. It can integrate multiple layers of maps, satellite imagery and weather and can be published to over 30,000 boating mobile application users. This webinar will demonstrate Spotter and Alert as well as discuss Conserve.IO’s vision for standardizing conservation collection effort, harnessing crowd-sourcing for scientific research, and taking innovative new approaches to big data challenges. Learn more at

    Presented by Jake Levenson and Brad Winney of Conserve.IO.

    This webinar is co-sponsored by OpenChannels and the EBM Tools Network.

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  4. This webinar originally aired on October 30, 2013.

    A changing climate has been shown to have broad effects on a variety of living marine resources. Understanding how these changes will impact future distribution, abundance and resilience of marine species is important for implementing ocean resource management plans. However, data on climate rarely are used when forming new regulations, with barriers to incorporation existing at all levels in the decision making process. This webinar will be an informational session to identify and discuss the potential use and possible barriers to incorporating climate forecasting models into the management of living marine resources. Interactive participation by all attendees in the discussion is highly encouraged. In addition, a follow-on survey will seek input from marine managers and decision makers to more clearly identify the potential uses and possible barriers to using climate forecasts in the management of marine species. Outcomes from this webinar and survey will provide information directly to the NASA ecological forecasting team and relevant federal agencies. Learn more at

    Presented by Pat Halpin of Duke.

    This webinar is co-sponsored by OpenChannels, the EBM Tools Network and EcoAdapt.

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  5. This webinar is co-sponsored by OpenChannels and the EBM Tools Network. It originally aired on September 25, 2013.

    The new report “What Will Adaptation Cost? An Economic Framework for Coastal Community Infrastructure” provides a framework that community leaders and planners can use to make more economically informed decisions about adapting to sea level rise and storm flooding. The four-step framework can be used to perform a holistic assessment of costs and benefits across a community, or to focus in on select infrastructure. This webinar will provide an overview of the framework as well as provide information on the expertise needed for steps in the process. Read the report at

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