News from Our Partners
Changing coastlines are a part of every coastal manager’s life, but analyzing the specifics can be time consuming. Enter iCoast, a site from the U.S. Geological Survey that asks citizens to help scientists annotate aerial photographs with keyword tags to identify coastal changes after extreme storms such as Sandy. Participants will help analyze more than 140,000 aerial photographs from the Atlantic and Gulf coasts before and after 24 extreme storms in order to assess coastal damages.
Building off the success of past GeoTools conferences, the Association of State Floodplain Managers is hosting Coastal GeoTools 2015. Join your fellow coastal management data professionals, March 30 to April 2, 2015, in North Charleston, South Carolina, to discover new technologies and applications—and learn from your peers about how they’re addressing today’s coastal issues using geospatial data and tools. Look for the Call for Abstracts in August 2014.
Two tools are featured in the National Building Museum’s “Designing for Disaster” exhibit that help communities assess coastal flooding vulnerability and identify areas where natural habitats can reduce vulnerabilities and increase resilience. A video features NOAA’s Sea Level Rise Viewer and The Nature Conservancy’s Coastal Resilience Tool. It examines how coastal communities assess risk from natural hazards and how officials can create policies, plans, and designs yielding safer, more disaster-resilient communities. The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., is “devoted to the history and impact of the built environment.” These complementary tools are available through the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Digital Coast website.
Rip currents along the shoreline are one of the leading causes of drowning. The Florida Coastal Management Program has worked since 1997 to educate citizens, lifeguards, and tourists of the dangers of rip currents and general water safety. This information has a broader application for all public beaches as a recent video explains.
Gather together with engineers, scientists, and coastal management professionals from across the world during the eighth ICE Coastal Management conference, to be held September 2015 in the Netherlands. This conference organized by the Institute of Civil Engineers, “Changing Coast, Changing Climate, Changing Minds,” focuses on current issues, research, and practical applications in coastal management. The call for papers will remain open until July 31, 2014.
Feeling overwhelmed by climate adaptation and not sure where to start? Enter, CAKE, the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange. CAKE aims to build a shared knowledge base for managing natural and built systems in the face of rapid climate change. Through this knowledge sharing, CAKE is fostering an innovative community of practice, with a directory of practitioners, to help users quickly find the best available information. CAKE consists of case studies, a virtual library, directory, tool listing, and community.
Communicating the importance of coastal community resilience to climate risks in a way that is engaging, informative, and useful is a big challenge. That’s why NOAA is looking for help! Have a product or service (think web interface, fact sheets, mobile apps, events, and the like) that presents diverse coastal communities with a better understanding of risks? Submit it to MIT’s Climate CoLab contest before July 20 for the chance to showcase your proposal at a national conference and other potential perks.
Resource managers are constantly researching how climate change affects the nation’s wildlife and habitats as well as how to prepare for and adapt to these unprecedented changes. A new guide, Climate-Smart Conservation: Putting Adaptation Principles into Practice, dives deeper into these questions and provides a state-of-the-art toolbox to help managers plan and implement natural resource conservation efforts. This peer-reviewed publication was developed by an expert workgroup convened by the National Wildlife Federation.
Here’s your chance to vote on policies related to federal legislation and regulation, elect officers, network, learn about innovative county programs, and view products and services from participating companies and exhibitors. The annual conference for the National Association of Counties (NACo) is almost here. Join NACo and your fellow county officials July 11–14, 2014, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Registration for Summit 14: Inspiring Action, Creating Resilience, is now open! This international meeting for coastal management professionals is the first partnership between The Coastal Society and Restore America’s Estuaries, and it will bring together experts from both the coastal and restoration management fields. The summit will be held in Washington, D.C., November 1–6, 2014.