Developing Offshore Wind in US Waters Part 1: The Planning and Regulatory Framework
Wednesday, July 19 Noon US EDT/9 am PDT/4 pm UTC. Presented by: Brian Hooker of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Betsy Nicholson of the NOAA Office for Coastal Management, and Joy Page of the US Department of Energy Wind Energy Technology Office. Description: The deployment of offshore wind energy facilities in US waters has tremendous potential to help the country deliver on its climate change commitments and clean energy goals. It is also a reality beginning to take shape with the first commercial-scale facilities beginning construction in 2023 in the Northeast US. In Part 1 of our webinar series on ocean wind energy in US waters, we will explore the historical and policy background and framing behind the US wind energy transition, including an introduction to the planning and regulation processes and the players involved. This webinar will set the groundwork for future discussions exploring offshore wind energy, its future in US waters, and its compatibility and interactions with marine protected areas and other ocean uses.
Strengthening Blue Carbon Solutions in US Ocean Policy
Wednesday, July 26, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC. Presented by: Anne Christianson of the Center for American Progress. Description: The ocean is gaining prominence in climate change policy circles as a tool for addressing the climate crisis. Blue carbon, the carbon captured and stored by marine and coastal ecosystems and species, offers potential as a “nature-based solution” to climate change. However, some blue carbon interventions may not be suitable as a climate mitigation response. This presentation will present results from a recent paper that gives context to numerous blue carbon sequestration pathways, quantifying their potential to sequester carbon from the atmosphere, and comparing these sequestration pathways to point-source emissions reductions. The applicability of blue carbon will be discussed in terms of multiple international policy frameworks, to help individuals and institutions utilize the appropriate framework to reach ocean conservation and climate mitigation goals.
Marine Spatial Planning
MPA News and the EBM Tools Network co-hosted a live Web-based seminar on 17 November 2009 to explore marine spatial planning…
Demonstration of Oregon MarineMap
Oregon MarineMap is a web-based decision support tool to support the State of Oregon’s marine spatial planning efforts including the on-going public process…
Presentation by the West Coast EBM Network: Real Steps towards EBM along the West Coast of the U.S.
The West Coast EBM Network is a partnership of community-based initiatives on the U.S. West Coast focused on proactive management of local coastal ecosystems…
Strategies and Technologies for Developing High Seas MPAs
MPA News and the EBM Tools Network co-hosted a live global webinar to explore new strategies and technologies for identifying significant areas in the open ocean and deep sea…
Uncertainty Analysis Using SLAMM
Predictive models are always affected by uncertainties. There is not one “right” prediction, rather there is a distribution of possible future results….
Ecosystem-Based Zoning in the Bay of Samaná, Dominican Republic
The Nature Conservancy and Center for the Conservation and Ecodevelopment of Samaná Bay have recently completed a project to produce an innovative design of a marine zoning..
More Lessons from MPA Networking Programs
MPA News and the EBM Tools Network co-hosted a live Web-based seminar (“webinar”) on 19 October 2009 to explore lessons learned from…
Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris: Anticipating and Mitigating Its Impacts on the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
This webinar explored how NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Digital Ocean Collaborative on Marine Debris, and other partners..
Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Planning into Traditional Scenario Based Approaches
Regional and local agencies in charge of policy-making and land use planning are in great need of increased technical capacity for conducting the kind of analyses…