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May 2012 Announcements

- Webinar: EBM Tools Demonstration - Uncertainty Analysis using SLAMM

The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network will host a demonstration of Uncertainty Analysis using the Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM) by Marco Propato and Jonathan Clough of Warren Pinnacle Consulting on Wednesday, May 9th, at 1:00pm EST. The integration of a stochastic uncertainty analysis module into SLAMM allows users to examine wetland coverage results as distributions. This addition makes it possible to examine the effects of uncertainty and data errors in model parameters, including sea level rise, uplift/subsidence, tide ranges, and accretion and erosion rates, as well as feedbacks between sea level rise and accretion. The SLAMM Uncertainty Viewer provides a map-based interface that analyzes future wetland-coverage probabilities for a user-defined region. Graphical outputs provide quantitative results that can assist in planning and decision-making. Learn more about SLAMM at http://warrenpinnacle.com/prof/SLAMM, and reserve your webinar slot now.



- Funding Opportunity: Coastal Marine Fish Habitat Protection Program (NFHP)

NOAA Fisheries and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation are soliciting projects to support the protection of coastal and marine fish habitats through National Fish Habitat Partnership (NFHP). Successful proposals will:

  • Provide protection of coastal and marine fish habitats through cooperative, non-regulatory approaches.
  • Demonstrate how proposed actions will result in quantifiable fish habitat protection
  • Address a strategic habitat protection priority of one or more of the eight coastally-focused Fish Habitat Partnerships (Atlantic Coastal FHP, California Fish Passage Forum, Hawaii FHP, Kenai Peninsula FHP, Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership, Pacific Marine and Estuarine FHP, Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership, and the Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Partnership).

The total funding available is $135,000. Awards are likely to fall within the $15,000 to $50,000 range. Preliminary Proposal Due Date: May 1, 2012 (full proposal due June 29, 2012). For more information, see http://www.nfwf.org/Content/ContentFolders/NationalFishandWildlifeFoundation/Programs/NFHPCoastalMarineFishHabitatProtection/NFHP_Coastal_Protection_RFP.pdf



-Training Opportunity: Oceanographic Research Cruise & Short-Course

New to planning oceanographic field work?  Wondering how to request research vessel time, or to request a submersible or ROV?  Needing samples or wire-time to initiate a research project?  If so, take part in the 2012 UNOLS Chief Scientist Training Cruise.   This cruise and a pre-cruise information short course will instruct early career marine scientists including PhD students on how to effectively plan for, acquire, utilize and report on time at sea for multi-disciplinary research and education.
The full program will take place from November 7-16, 2012, beginning and ending at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Marine Operation Facilities in San Diego CA, and will include a 7-day cruise on the R/V New Horizon to at sea locations off Southern California. Small stipends are provided for participant travel costs (from within the U.S. only), research supplies and shipping. However, space is limited.
To apply you must be an employee or student at a U.S. institution or a U.S. citizen working abroad. To be considered applications must be received by June 1, 2012. Please visit http: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RK7XPHG .


- Upcoming Conference: Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2012

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation announces its first special conference in South America. The conference will take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina 11-14 November, 2012. The theme, The Changing Coastal and Estuarine Environment: A Comparative Approach, invites comparison on temperate, coastal systems within Southern and Northern Hemispheres. The conference organizers invite you to submit an abstract (by June 7, 2012) for an oral presentation for one of the following six specific topics:

  • Changing baseline populations
  • Land-sea couplings in rapidly changing environments
  • Fisheries exploitation
  • Impacts of UV on coastal waters
  • Acidification of coastal waters
  • Warmer climate, increased freshwater use on land and the hydrodynamics of estuaries.

Chance of a lifetime -- SEERS, with other support is making available a student travel award of $1,200 to offset travel costs to the CERF meeting in Argentina, Nov. 11-14. The deadline is noon, June 1.  Please send your application (including abstract and a statement of your financial commitment) to Robert Virnstein at seagrass3@gmail.com.  See the full announcement or visit the SEERS website at http://host.coastal.edu/seers/ for more information. Questions may be addressed to Robert Virnstein, SEERS President (seagrass3@gmail.com or 386-546-0204, cell).



- Webinar Series: OneNOAA and the NOAA Coastal Services Center's Digital Coast Series

The OneNOAA Science seminar series are designed to help share science and management information and to promote constructive dialogue between scientists, educators, and resource managers. The list prepared by NOAA includes the Digital Coast Webinar Series (hosted by the Coastal Services Center), a monthly webinar that focuses on coastal management topics. Upcoming webinars:

Hurricanes: Where Have They Hit? Using the Historical Hurricane Tracker
June 06, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern. Speaker(s): Dave Eslinger (NOAA Coastal Services Center). Understanding the history of hurricane strikes on a location can help with planning for possible impacts of future storms. This webinar will illustrate the Historical Hurricane Tracker, a Web-based tool for displaying the global record of hurricane tracks over the last 150+ years. The tool allows users to search for hurricane tracks that impacted an area of their choice, to sort and filter the search results, examine the characteristics of a particular storm, save storms, and share their analysis with others. In addition, users can examine hurricane strike data for coastal counties, look up official NWS reports on particular storms and access the full database of storm tracks.

In this webinar participants will:

  • Use the Historical Hurricane Tracks site to find storm tracks
  • Select and filter storm information
  • Share their results with others


The Social Coast - Social Science, Simply Explained and Applied
July 11, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern. The Social Coast website provides data, tools, training, and stories on one of the most important aspects of coastal management - the people. The Social Coast filters out the relevant demographic and economic data sets available through the Digital Coast, provides examples of how to use them, and demonstrates their benefits. These data narrow in on the coastal components of a broad range of demographic and economic data sets from agencies such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and others. This webinar will provide a guided tour of the new resource and provide real-world success stories on using demographic and economic data in coastal management.

In this webinar participants will:

  • Explore the Social Coast website
  • Learn about the different demographic and economic data sets and some specific tools that have already incorporated these data for easy-to-use exploration
  • Hear about how these data sets have been used to address coastal issues

Registration information is on the OneNOAA Science Seminar page.



- Institutional Funding Opportunity: Elsevier New Scholars Program

Call for applications: Round I (May 1st — June 24th). The New Scholars Program supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with academic careers. The Foundation provides grants to STEM institutions and organizations actively working towards a more equitable academia. Proposals are welcome for single-year grants in amounts between $5,000 to $50,000 per year. Proposals will be accepted for multi-year programs (up to three years) for grant amounts of $5,000 to $50,000 per year for a project total of $100,000. http://www.elsevierfoundation.org/new-scholars/how-to-apply/




- Resource: BOEM Ocean Science Journal

The Science & Technology Journal of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released Vol 9 (issue 1, Jan/Feb/March 2012). The theme of this issue is renewable energy. http://www.boem.gov/uploadedFiles/BOEM/Newsroom/Publications_Library/Ocean_Science/OS_0901_031512_FINAL_LINKED_WEB.pdf



- Call for Abstracts, Workshops & Session Topics: Coastal Cities Summit

Registration and abstract submission is now open for the Coastal Cities Summit, which will be held April 30 to May 3, 2012, at the Bayfront Hilton Hotel in St. Petersburg, FL. Workshops, Plenary and Keynote speeches, and individual presentations are solicited in the following thematic areas: budgeting for smart development under a changing climate; coastal and port security; coastal energy alternatives; and urbanization, population growth and vulnerable communities. Submissions should be no more than 250 words for individuals or 800 words for panels and workshops.  Include contact information (name, affiliation, address, phone, and email) for individual participants. Include experience he/she brings to that session. The deadline for submitting abstracts has passed, but early registration continues through March 31st. For more information about the summit, visit: www.coastalcities-ioi.org. Contact Mara Hendrix at mara@usf.edu with further questions.



- Conference: 23rd International Conference of The Coastal Society

Registration is open for The Coastal Society's 23rd International Conference, “Our Coasts, Our Heritage: Ecosystem Services for the Common Good”. The meeting will be held June 3 to 6, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The preliminary program includes two plenary sessions and five concurrent tracks:

  • Defining and Measuring Ecosystem Services in the Context of Ecosystem Based Management
  • Planning for Emerging Coastal Issues and Threats
  • Valuing Coastal Goods and Services
  • A Social Approach to Examining our Coasts
  • Ecosystem Services in the Real World-Policy and Management Trends




- Funding Opportunity: Remote Sensing of Water Quality (NASA)

To improve remote sensing capability of water quality, NASA solicits projects on the themes below:

  • Techniques to improve remote sensing of water quality: Research is solicited that addresses the reduction of interference that the atmosphere generates by existing between a satellite (or airborne) remote sensing device and the water of lakes, rivers, and coastal ocean.
  • Improving description of the link between optical and biogeochemical properties: Research is solicited to better understand how the biogeochemical properties of a water body may influence its optical properties.

A notice of intent is due June 21, 2012 (full proposals must be submitted by August 22nd). This is solicitation NNH12ZDA001N. For more information, please view the overview PDF from the Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES 2012) webpage.



- Upcoming Conference : Restore America's Estuaries

The 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration  will be held October 20-24, 2012, in Tampa, Florida. The Conference theme is "Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities." Poster presentations are still being accepted - any work relevant to coastal habitat restoration is highly encouraged, but there is particular interest in those dealing with the interface of the environment and the economy. For more information, visit: http://program.estuaries.org/.



- Funding Opportunity: Hydrologic Sciences (NSF)

This program encourages studies probing the spatial and temporal heterogeneity of water and chemical fluxes and storages from local to global scales, coupling for simulating residence times, interfacial fluxes, pathways among system compartments; and pursuing topics in ecohydrology, geolimnology, and hydrologic impacts on microbial communities. Hydrologic Sciences also supports research in aqueous geochemistry directly connected to hydrologic processes and the physical, chemical, and biological processes taking place as water bodies change. The Program is especially interested in proposals in emerging fields. Hydrologic Sciences accepts proposals that will contribute to the transformation of hydrologic research methodologies. Examples include field activities to assess methods for implementing watershed scale hydrologic observatories, hydrologic synthesis, instrumentation and sensor development, and cyberinfrastructure. Anticipated funding is $7,900,000, annually. The estimated number of awards is 30 to 40 standard or continuing grants or cooperative agreements per year. Awards are generally made within 6 to 7 months of the proposal submission date for successful proposals. Deadline: June 1 and December 5, annually. NSF 09-538. http://nsf.gov/pubs/2009/nsf09538/nsf09538.htm



-Resource: Marine Science Review (by SeaWeb)

SeaWeb's Marine Science Review compiles citations and abstracts of marine science research. Their newsletters are organized by topic. Recently posted reviews include:

  • Aquaculture and Hatcheries. Posted on December 8, 2011. Topic categories include: Reviews; Aquaculture - Trends and Developments; Aquaculture - Human Health and Social Impacts; Aquaculture - Environmental Impacts; Aquaculture Feeds - Issues and Developments; Disease - Threats, Management and Control, Aquaculture and Sea Lice; Hatcheries and Hatchery Impacts.


- Resource: Inundation Analysis Tool (NOAA)

NOAA's Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) has launched an innovative new tool for coastal resource managers. The Inundation Analysis Tool is a web-based application that employs data collected at NOAA tide gauge stations to provide statistical summaries of the historical frequency and duration of observed high waters. The data input for this tool is 6-minute water level data time series and the tabulated times and heights of the high tides over a user specified time period, relative to a desired tidal datum or user-specified datum. The data output of this tool provides summary statistics, which includes the number of occurrences of inundation above the threshold (events) and length of duration of inundation of each events above the threshold elevation for a specified time period. http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/inundation/



- Training: Marine GIS (Mappamondo)

Mappamondo GIS is offering an online course intended to give an in depth overview of the application of GIS mapping and analyses to marine environments. The course will cover such subjects as marine GIS datasets and methods of data collection in the marine environment (LiDAR, Multibeam, ROV, satellite data), calculation of benthic complexity parameters, habitat suitability modeling, marine protected areas systematic design, GIS methods for fisheries dynamics studies, mathematical interpolation of point data, GIS for tracking marine fauna and the ArcGIS Marine Data Model. Course duration is 16-40 hours. Each module is completed by a hands-on tutorial in ArcGIS. To download a detailed description of the program go to: http://www.mappamondogis.it/pdf/MarineGIS_en.pdf.



- Resource: GIS for the Oceans (free book download)

This book is a collection of GIS case studies in marine science introduced by Dawn Wright (Professor of Geography and Oceanography at Oregon State University and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science). The book showcases how GIS can assist meeting the challenges facing marine science. Download the book at: http://www.esri.com/library/ebooks/oceans.pdf.


- Application: Fishery Analyst Online

Fishery Analyst Online version 3.0 is an ArcGIS application developed to effectively analyze and visualize temporal and spatial patterns of fishery dynamics. The main functions are quantitative estimation and visualization of catch and effort and their variation in space and time, analysis of fishing vessel utilization, data quality control, and deriving information on the location of important economic and threatened species. Download a free trial with user manual, tutorial and demo dataset here: http://www.mappamondogis.it/fisheryanalystonline.htm.



- New Tool: Vertical Datum Transformation (NOAA)

NOAA has released the first edition of a free vertical datum transformation (VDatum) tool that allows users to produce a set of consistent geospatial data over coastal and interior areas of the contiguous United States, removing the differences between the vertical reference systems of land- and water-based data. For more information go to: http://vdatum.noaa.gov.


- Resource: The EBM Tools Network Launches New Coastal-Marine Tools Database

The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network has launched a new online coastal-marine tools database - www.ebmtoolsdatabase.org. The database is free to use and can help you find tools for your coastal and marine management and conservation projects. In addition, you can find projects, resources, organizations, and practitioners related to tools and can contribute your own information and expertise. For more information about the database or the EBM Tools Network, contact Sarah Carr, EBM Tools Network Coordinator, at sarah_carr@natureserve.org.



- Document of Interest: NOAA Releases Coastal Sea-Level Change Needs Assessment Report

The “Coastal Sea-Level Change Societal Challenge Needs Assessment Report” focuses on the needs of the coastal managers, planners and decision-makers who are facing existing or emerging climate issues related to coastal sea-level change. The report is intended to provide NOAA with current information on the needs of coastal decision makers in order to guide its development of trainings, engagement efforts, decision-support tools, and applications. To view the report, go to: http://www.floods.org/ace-files/documentlibrary/committees/Coastal/NOAA_Coastal_Sea_Level_Change_Societal_Challenge_Needs_Assessment_Report.pdf




- Document of Interest: America's Ocean Future (JOCI)

On June 7th, the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative Leadership Council (JOCI) released a new report calling on leaders to support effective implementation of the National Ocean Policy. The report, “America’s Ocean Future: Ensuring Healthy Oceans to Support a Vibrant Economy,” highlights three fundamental components JOCI believes are essential for the National Ocean Policy to achieve its potential to improve ocean governance: robust federal coordination; improved collection and delivery of science and data to support decision making; and immediate investments that increase government efficiency and effectiveness and strengthen critical information collection and delivery. The report is available on the JOCI website at: www.jointoceancommission.org.



- Document of Interest: NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan

The NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan (NGSP) is now available. The Plan conveys NOAA’s mission and vision of the future, the national and global issues NOAA must address, the specific outcomes NOAA aims to help society realize, and the actions that the Agency must undertake.  NOAA’s Long-term Goals (summarized in the Exec Summary):

  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation - An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts
  • Weather-Ready Nation - Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events
  • Healthy Oceans - Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity are sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems
  • Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies - Coastal and Great Lakes communities are environmentally and economically sustainable  

To read the Summary, or the review the full document, please visit: http://www.ppi.noaa.gov/ngsp.html




- Documents of Interest: Working Waterways & Waterfronts Symposium

Last September, the 2010 Working Waterways and Waterfronts National Symposium was held in Portland, Maine. Participants came together to discuss the economic, social, cultural, and environmental values of waterfronts and the important role of water-dependent uses in sustainable coastal communities. PDFs of the presentations as well as the recently published "Sense of the Symposium" are now available online at: http://www.wateraccessus.com. The “Sense of the Symposium” document summarizes key themes that emerged during the three days of discussion, presentations, field trips, and interaction at the symposium.



-Document of Interest: Adapting to Climate Change (NOAA - OCRM)

NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management has developed “Adapting to Climate Change: A Planning Guide for State Coastal Managers” to help U.S. state and territorial (states) coastal managers develop and implement adaptation plans to reduce the risks associated with climate change impacts affecting their coasts. The guide was written in response to a request from state coastal managers for guidance from NOAA on adaptation planning in the coastal zone and is intended as an aid, not as a prescriptive directive, and a state may choose to use individual steps or chapters or the entire guide, depending on where they are in their planning process.



-Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/CTPIndex.aspx?ID=455 (link corrected March 6th).




-Policy Paper: Adapting to Climate Change (The Pew Center)

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released a policy paper, Adapting to Climate Change: A Call for Federal Leadership. The full document is available here (PDF).



-New Tool: Marine Mapping Applications 

An updated version of the Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is now available.  Organizations use this online marine information system planning tool to screen coastal and marine spaces for new uses (including renewable energy projects and other offshore activities).  Users can pinpoint a location on a map and quickly access the associated legal, physical, ecological, and cultural information.  The new version uses Web map services, an improvement on the static data files of the past.  The updated version also contains additional marine habitat and seafloor data and improved analysis and rendering tools.  The Multipurpose Marine Cadastre is a multi-agency effort led by NOAA and the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service.  For more information, visit www.csc.noaa.gov/mmc.  Contact: Adam Bode, Adam.Bode@noaa.gov, (843) 740-1265.





-Resource: Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)

CESN provides summaries of selected articles from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's journal, Estuaries and Coasts: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The summary articles emphasize management applications of the scientific findings.  These are some recent CESN summary topics:

To subscribe by email, or read prior articles, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn-list.



-Resource: Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)

There are many Gulf-specific items here, but this comprehensive, monthly resource (from NOAA Ocean Service, Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management) also has lots to offer GCRC website visitors: funding information, scientific entries, government updates, etc. http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html.



- Document of Interest: Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean (MPA Center)

The National Marine Protected Areas Center has published a best practices manual on mapping human uses of the ocean using participatory GIS techniques. The report, “Mapping Human Uses of the Ocean: Informing Marine Spatial Planning Through Participatory GIS,” summarizes the Center’s mapping approach, provides detailed lessons learned from various participatory mapping projects throughout California, the Northeast, and Hawaii, and provides insight to the successful planning and implementation of mapping efforts to capture spatial data on human uses of the ocean in different regions and at varying scales.



- Project of Interest: South Atlantic Regional Research Planning

The National Sea Grant Program launched a program to create research plans for U.S. coastal and Great Lakes areas. Sea Grant Programs from the South Atlantic region of the coastal USA (NC, SC, GA, FL) worked together to identify priority regional-level research needs and then develop an action plan to address these needs. The project involves coordination with NOAA laboratories, state and federal agencies, and academic partners, as well as participation from politicians, representatives from industry, and other stakeholders from throughout the region. The GCRC managed this project in association with Georgia Sea Grant. Please visit the SARRP website.

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