Digital Coast Webinar Series


This series introduces Digital Coast tools and data through demonstrations, case studies, and opportunities to engage with field experts and colleagues.

Recordings are posted for all webinars as soon as they are available.

View upcoming Digital Coast webinar events.

Land Cover Products for Understanding Water Quality Impacts

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Presenter(s): Nate Herold and Rebecca Love

Land use and land cover have significant impacts on ecosystem health, with impervious surface runoff and natural areas that provide flood protection or pollutant filtering being obvious examples. Information on how and where these and other land changes are occurring is essential to understanding the potential impacts from our past management practices and in choosing the right course of action for the future. Through its Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management provides nationally standardized land cover and change information for the coastal United States. Regional monitoring data are updated every five years, with dates going back to 1996 in most locations (some further). Higher-resolution data products provide greater detail in areas of need but are not produced everywhere. This presentation will provide an overview of these data sets and where to find them on the Digital Coast, and highlight several tools that make use of them. These tools include the Land Cover Atlas—an online viewer that allows users to analyze change statistics and maps for their county or watershed of interest—and a new “How-to” that walks users through key land cover indicators of water quality.

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn about products that help determine land use impacts on water quality

EBM Tools Network Webinar: Tools to Plan for Hazards Resilience and Climate Change

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Presenter(s): David Betenbaugh and Lauren Long

A major challenge for coastal communities is planning for the impacts of current and future flood hazards. This webinar will highlight two resources that NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management has developed to facilitate resilience planning in coastal communities. The first step in planning for flood impacts is to understand a community’s exposure to coastal flood hazards. The Coastal Flood Exposure Mapper helps communities get the conversation started about flood hazard risks and vulnerabilities by providing maps and information showing where people, places, and natural resources are at risk from flooding. The mapper displays shallow coastal flooding, flood zones, storm surge, sea level rise, and a composite view of flood hazards, along with societal, infrastructure, and ecosystem information.

The next step in planning is to identify and prioritize strategies that address climate and hazard risks. Coastal green infrastructure is an emerging approach that communities are using to reduce the impacts of coastal hazards. With limited budgets for projects like green infrastructure, communities must prioritize natural areas that give the most benefits. The Green Infrastructure Mapping Guide is an interactive online resource to help spatial analysts who are tasked with using GIS to prioritize green infrastructure to reduce hazard impacts and aid in climate adaptation.

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn about tools that can be used for flood mapping

What’s New in

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Presenter(s): Lindsay Goodwin, Anna Verrill, and Christine Taylor has recently undergone a facelift to freshen its look, improve data discovery and display, and enhance the ocean planning experience. Through these recent updates, users have more direct access to data and web services to help facilitate the growing need for generating web-based maps on the fly. This webinar will highlight some of the new features and demonstrate how the various components of the project are being used by ocean professionals and re-served to other data portals, saving time, money, and confusion for those looking for authoritative marine spatial data. It will also spotlight recent data additions and updates.

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn how to search for data and create custom maps
  • Gain a better understanding data available now on, and data available in the near future

Monitoring the U.S. Ocean and Great Lakes Economy

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Presenter(s): Jeff Adkins and Linwood Pendleton

A lot of people’s livelihoods depend on the resources of the oceans and Great Lakes. Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) is the only nationally consistent data set that is focused on monitoring the ocean and Great Lakes economy. These time-series data report the establishments, employment, wages, and gross domestic product for six ocean-dependent sectors. ENOW provides data for about 400 counties, 30 coastal states, 8 regions, and the nation. This webinar will be an interactive dialogue between Duke University Nicholas Institute scholar Linwood Pendleton and NOAA economist Jeff Adkins. They will be sharing highlights and data development methods, related international efforts, and ways in which the data can be used to improve coastal and ocean management.

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Get an overview of ENOW data and methods
  • Understand the value of the U.S. ocean and Great Lakes economy
  • Learn how to apply data for coastal and ocean management

Vessel Tracking Data Used for Ocean Planning

Monday, June 2, 2014

Presenter(s): Daniel Martin, Stephen Creed, Kyle Ward, Andrea Dransfield

Vessel traffic data, or Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, are collected by the U.S. Coast Guard through an onboard navigation safety device that transmits and monitors the location and characteristics of large vessels in real time. The project team has worked with the Coast Guard and NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey to repurpose and make available some of the most important data for use in ocean planning applications. This webinar will provide an overview of the data available and examples of how the AIS data are being used, including scoping wind planning areas, evaluating ship anchorage areas, and analyzing changes to shipping lanes through a national marine sanctuary.

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn about the variety of vessel-tracking data products and tools and how to access them via
  • Hear insights from the mid-Atlantic team that has taken the process from one state to the entire region for marine planning applications; and
  • Gain a better understanding of how the products can be applied to a range of ocean-planning applications

Using Participatory GIS to Map Ocean Uses in the Mid-Atlantic

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Presenter(s): Mimi D’Iorio, Laura McKay, Nick Meade, and Jeanne Herb

Understanding human uses of the ocean is essential to successful marine planning. Unfortunately, spatial data on ocean uses are often limited and difficult to capture consistently over large areas. Participatory geographic information system (PGIS) processes provide interactive ways to capture local knowledge and ocean use patterns through specialized GIS mapping tools. NOAA has been working with partners all over the country to apply this method at local and regional scales. This webinar will be a panel discussion with NOAA and its partners in the mid-Atlantic region focused on the process, data, and lessons learned.

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn about the NOAA PGIS method for capturing ocean use data and where it has been applied;
  • Hear insights from the mid-Atlantic team that has taken the process from one state to the entire region for marine planning applications; and
  • Gain a better understanding about the data, products, and often unexpected outcomes of PGIS projects.

EBM Tools Network Webinar: What Will Adaptation Cost? An Economic Framework for Coastal Community Infrastructure

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Presenter(s): Heidi Stiller

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. Read the report.

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Get an overview of the framework
  • Obtain information on the expertise needed for steps in the process

Partnerships for Land Cover Data Development in the Lower Columbia River

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Presenter(s): Chris Robinson and Keith Marcoe

Through its habitat restoration and ecosystem monitoring programs, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (LCEP) works to protect and restore the Lower Columbia River estuary, one of 28 estuaries in the nation designated as an “Estuary of National Significance.” In 2009, staff members from LCEP and the NOAA Office for Coastal Management began discussions over the potential to collaborate on the production of an up-to-date land cover map of the Lower Columbia River floodplain. Through the resulting collaboration, LCEP was able to capitalize on innovative mapping methods and approaches that had been used as part of NOAA’s Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) high-resolution efforts, obtaining a more detailed classification than they initially thought possible with the budget they had available. This product overcame many of the limitations seen with previously developed (more moderate resolution) land cover data. NOAA also benefited from the partnership by being able to leverage this effort and serve the data created as one of its own C-CAP high-resolution map products. Both groups took ownership of the products and worked with the Sanborn Map Company (who received the contract award to produce the map) throughout the data development process.

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn about the partnership
  • Get information on data development methods and results
  • See examples of how the Lower Columbia Partnership has been able to use the data

EBM Tools Network Webinar: Demonstration of How to Apply CMECS to Existing Geospatial Datasets

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Presenter(s): Mark Finkbeiner and Chris Robinson

The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) provides a comprehensive national framework for organizing information about coasts and oceans and their living systems. This framework accommodates the physical, biological, and chemical data that collectively define coastal and marine ecosystems. The recent endorsement of CMECS by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is an important step in facilitating development of regionally consistent spatial data and integrating data derived using various technologies. While some users will employ CMECS at the outset of their projects, many others will use CMECS as the unifying framework for incorporating existing spatial data classified under other systems. To facilitate this process, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management has developed a tool that imports benthic cover data classified using the System for Classification of Habitats in Estuarine and Marine Environments (SCHEME) and produces a CMECS geodatabase as an output product. This tool functions in an ESRI environment and can be adapted to work with other classification systems. This presentation will highlight the CMECS data model and demonstrate the import tool’s functionality, describe the cross-walking process, and show how to adapt the tool to other commonly used data. Read more about CMECS

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn considerations for conducting crosswalks to CMECS
  • Learn methods for comparing classification systems
  • Learn about a proposed data structure for CMECS
  • Learn how an Arc Spatial Model assists with crosswalking selected data sets

The New Digital Coast Data Registry

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Presenter(s): David Betenbaugh and Lindy Betzhold

Want one place where you can see all of the ways a data set is available through the Digital Coast? Would you like to access, download, and view data sets? Then you’re in luck! The newly released Digital Coast Data Registry is your new one-stop shop for all the data you can handle from the Digital Coast. This new resource brings together data collected by many different entities and hosted from many different places into one centralized access point. Users can filter by data theme, geography, or type of map service and then quickly access available formats for download, find and preview maps services, and link to supporting information. Join us for this webinar, and we will give you the VIP tour of the registry.

In this webinar, participants will:
  • Learn how to use the data registry to find data
  • Learn about multiple formats for data access and download
  • View a live demonstration of the data registry
  • Learn about all the contributors to the registry, such as Office of Coast Survey, National Geodetic Survey, and National Geophysical Data Center

Note: Recording begins with webinar in progress.