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Registration is now open for Coastal GeoTools 2015. Join coastal professionals and geospatial specialists from a variety of sectors, and from around the country, to discuss geospatial data, tools, technology, and information for coastal resource professionals. Registration closes on March 27, 2015 for the conference held in North Charleston, South Carolina, March 30 to April 2, 2015. This year, GeoTools will feature its first Tweetup—where you’ll be able to get together with fellow attendees to discuss the sessions and social media. View the preliminary program for more information.
In the Northeast coastal region, work is underway to better organize and integrate marine spatial data to support ocean planning and management efforts. These data can be integral to a successful ocean management plan. However, many data sets are not written in a common language, making comparison between them difficult. The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard provides a common language and can be used to translate existing data sets for comparative use. The Northeast is testing out the utility of the classification standard in this way and has released a report with the results.
Guidance on how to conduct risk-based climate change vulnerability assessments and develop adaptation plans is available in a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency workbook. Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans helps users to identify, analyze, and prioritize climate change risks. By consulting this publication to address climate change in their plans, users will be ready to protect environmental resources, public safety, and infrastructure.
Register now for the 14th annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, January 29 to 31, 2015. The conference will explore some great success stories from throughout Baltimore and greater Maryland as well as practical strategies for identifying and overcoming barriers to more sustainable development in the region. Join in on one of the 16 dynamic tours and see some projects in person. New Partners for Smart Growth brings together attendees from all disciplines in order to create diverse conversations around smart-growth.
Marshes play a large role in ecosystem health, providing nursery habitat, protection from storm surge, and much more. When it comes to restoring a marsh and its functions, not just any vegetation will do. Coastal managers must employ vegetation types that fit the area, ensuring they will thrive and further benefit the community. The Marsh Analysis and Planning Tool Incorporating Tides and Elevations helps planners do just that. It combines elevation data, local tide data, and grass type information to delineate planting areas and provides the information in a GIS-friendly format.
NOAA’s contributions to the interagency Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium were highlighted in the August issue of Remote Sensing. The article focuses on the impacts and applications of the land cover and change mapping products from various federal agencies, including NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP). The interagency group started with the goal of compiling a comprehensive national Landsat data set that could be used to meet agency needs and has grown into a group of 10 U.S. federal agencies that coordinate the production of five different land cover and change mapping applications.
The immediate past president of the National Association of Counties (NACo), Supervisor Linda Langston, focused on resilient counties for her presidential initiative. Through the initiative, NACo worked with county leaders and their stakeholders to bolster their ability to thrive amid changing physical, social, and economic conditions. In a recent episode of the NACo Podcast series, Supervisor Langston looks back on the highlights of the initiative, discusses the importance of this topic for counties, and previews what we can expect from NACo moving forward.
Have an experience in adapting to climate change that you’re ready to share? The 2nd National Adaptation Forum is looking for proposals for symposia, training sessions, working groups, poster presentations, and tools that demonstrate adaptation to climate change. Submissions about real-world activities that promote active learning will be given preference. Submissions are due October 24, 2014.
Esri chose the Coastal Defense app as the winner in its latest app contest in the professional and scientific category. The award was announced during the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014. The Coastal Defense app quantifies how natural habitats, including oyster and coral reefs, marshes, mangroves, beach dunes, and seagrass beds, protect coastal areas by decreasing wave-induced erosion and inundation. The app is a part of the Coastal Resilience web-based mapping platform, which contains many apps that address specific coastal risk, restoration, and adaptation issues. The Coastal Defense app was developed through a collaboration of the Nature Conservancy, Natural Capital Project, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Southern Mississippi, and U.S. Geological Survey.
Share your geospatial application story, tool, or resource at Coastal GeoTools 2015. Submit an abstract by October 6, 2014, and help create the conference program. Details on the abstract submission process, as well as session tracks and types, can be found on the website. The conference is March 30 to April 2, 2015, at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in North Charleston, South Carolina.