National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center – August 26, 2014

The USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center will hold a webinar on the Development of a Global Change Monitoring Portal: Pilot Project for the Southeastern US. This webinar will be held on August 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. A significant challenge faced by climate scientists and land managers in the public and private sectors is the need for reliable and complete information about the status of ecosystem components (e.g. air, land, water, plants, animals) that may be influenced by climate change. While many organizations monitor one or more aspect of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, these monitoring programs are seldom coordinated and the associated data are not readily discoverable. The Global Change Monitoring Portal (GCMP) is a recently released tool of the DOI Southeast Climate Science Center designed to support the efforts of multiple federal, state, and other organizations by connecting them to these data resources. The GCMP will provide a centralized, comprehensive catalog of information about monitoring networks associated with aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems that can be used to assess the potential effects of climate change in the southeastern United States. Monitoring programs are classified according to the types of observations made, such as media and parameter category, and monitoring sites are mapped into geographic categories such as Ecoregion and Landscape Conservation Cooperative, so that the database can be searched and displayed by measurement and/or geographic criteria. This webinar will introduce some of the features of the Global Change Monitoring Portal, currently in the first phase of development. For more information click here or godirectly here.

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center – November 19, 2014

The Northeast Climate Science Center (NCSC) will hold a webinar on Making decisions in complex landscapes: Headwater stream management across multiple agencies using structured decision making to be held on November 19, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. EST. There is growing evidence that headwater stream ecosystems are vulnerable to changing climate and land use, but their conservation is challenged by the need to address the threats at a landscape scale, often through coordination with multiple management agencies and landowners. A decision faced by managers of headwater systems is how to best manage stream habitats to maximize their suitability for multiple species of conservation concern, including stream salamanders and brook trout, which occur in different parts of a stream network, are affected by both the terrestrial landscape and each other, and are likely influenced by future climate change. Because streams and terrestrial habitats are linked, decisions relating to forest management are often linked with stream ecosystem outcomes. Regional management authorities have two important scales of management objectives: long-term objectives that operate at the regional scale and short-term objectives that operate at the local scale and reflected in agency mandates and missions. Identifying obstacles to and opportunities for shared decision making among resource agencies and managers may lead to improvements in the selection of optimal management strategies for landscape-scale resources.This project provides an example of cooperative landscape decision-making to address the conservation of headwater stream ecosystems in the face of climate change using case studies from two watersheds in the northeastern U.S. For more information, click here.

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center – October 1, 2014

The Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) will hold a webinar on Developing forest adaptation strategies for northern forests in an uncertain future" to be held on October 1, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Climate change and associated stressors are expected to greatly impact the ability of forest managers to sustainably manage and conserve forest habitats across the northeastern United States. As a result, adaptation strategies are being developed and applied in many regions to minimize climate change impacts and sustain key forest functions under uncertain future environmental conditions. Given that many of these strategies deviate from traditional approaches to forest management, there is a great need for field evaluations of adaptation in practice to inform long-term planning efforts to address climate change impacts. Similarly, the long timeframes over which forests develop and management actions operate has increased the importance of decision support tools, such as forest and landscape-simulation models, to evaluate forest conservation practices under future climate change scenarios. This webinar will highlight the importance of field-based studies for assessing the effectiveness of adaptation strategies at addressing climate change and invasive species impacts and will provide an example of how landscape simulation models are being applied to identify forest conservation priorities for highly vulnerable, spruce-fir ecosystems in the northeastern United States. For more information, click here.

EPA – July 22, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold a webinar on July 22, 2014 on Building Climate Resiliency with Green Infrastructure from 1:00-2:30 p.m. EDT. This 90-minute webcast will highlight Climate Interactive’s new Green Infrastructure Decision Support Tool, followed by a presentation on the New York City Green Infrastructure Program’s efforts to incorporate climate resiliency into system planning. Communities are feeling the effects of climate change now. As different parts of the country become drier or wetter, green infrastructure can improve resiliency by helping communities manage flood risk, prepare for drought, reduce urban heat island effects, and protect coasts. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to climate adaptation. However, sharing best practices, learning by doing, and iterative problem solving can help communities choose a suite of adaptation strategies to meet environmental, quality of life and public health goals. For more information and to register, click here.

EPA – July 16, 2014

Join the Environmental Protection Agency for a webinar on Waters of the U.S.: Clarifying Misconceptions on July 16, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern to hear officials set the record straight about the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. There has been some confusion about the proposal and the agencies want to provide the facts. This webinar will address some of the more common concerns and misconceptions about the proposed rule, particularly for the agricultural community. For more information and to register, click here or go directly here.

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions – July 24, 2014

This is the final webinar in a series of three sponsored by the Association for Metropolitan Water Agencies, the Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions intended to help utility managers address issues across the water-energy nexus.  Innovation and effective stakeholder engagement on water and energy issues will be held on July 24, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT. Involving other stakeholders or partners for a water-energy project often leads to insights, innovations, and/or greater efficiency. In this third and final webinar, speakers from American Water and East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD; California) discuss how they leveraged stakeholder involvement to address water-energy challenges and implement innovations. For more information, click here or to register click here.

EPA – July 23, 2014

U.S. EPA's Safe and Sustainable Water Resources Program, Office of Research & Development will hold the U.S. EPA Water Research Webinar: Stressor Identification Process and CADDIS on July 23, 2014 from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT. Biological monitoring and assessment has become an essential tool for describing the condition of water bodies. When an undesirable condition has been documented, a causal assessment can help direct management action toward the cause of the problem. This webinar will introduce participants to U.S. EPA’s Stressor Identification and the Causal Analysis/Diagnosis Decision Information System (CADDIS). The step-by-step process for causal assessment process described on CADDIS includes developing a list of candidate causes of the observed effects, deriving evidence for or against each alternative, and identifying the best explanation by considering all of the evidence. We will describe the process and the derivation and evaluation of commonly encountered types of evidence. We will also provide a tour of information and tools available on CADDIS and discuss recent experiences from case studies conducted in California. For more information and to register, click here.

NOAA National MPA Center July 10, 2014

The NOAA National MPA Center,, and the Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network are pleased to announce that they will host a webinar on Building Capacity to Sustainably Manage Increasing Recreational Uses in MPAs on Thursday, July 10th at 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT. Presentation by Priscilla Brooks of the Conservation Law Foundation and Charlie Wahle of the NOAA MP Center. Recreational uses of MPAs are expanding rapidly in the US and around the globe. While promising many benefits to users and the sites, this trend has also raised concerns about the sustainability of increased use and about the capacity of most MPAs to manage and facilitate these diverse and often novel activities. To that end, the US Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, working with the NOAA MPA Center, has examined this challenge and has developed a suite of recommendations and best practices for managers to consider in addressing this trend. Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Protected Areas Center,, and MPA News. For more information, click here. To register, click here.