Upcoming Events

The Committee on Long Term Environmental Trends in the Gulf of Mexico will be assessing various aspects of current U.S. Gulf of Mexico restoration efforts, including the cumulative effects of multiple restoration projects and the effects of acute events (e.g., hurricanes) and long-term physical changes (e.g., sea level rise). The committee will also evaluate existing resources for informing restoration decision making and recommend adaptive management strategies. 

Join the meeting on December 14th, 2020 from 12:00 PM-1:30 PM to hear from the following speakers:

Christopher Swarzenski, U.S. Geological Survey
Freshwater Inputs to the Gulf of Mexico and Associated Changes in Coastal Salinity

Robert Spies, Former Chief Scientist, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council
Assessing Impact, Restoration Progress, and Ecosystem Recovery: Lessons Learned from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

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More information on the committee can be found on their website.

The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. is now accepting abstracts (due Dec. 30, 2020) from those interested in presenting at our 2021 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference.

The Conference will take place Tuesday, April 13th – Friday, April 16th, 2021 in St. Petersburg, FL.

The 2021 Watershed and Stormwater Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida will provide a forum for watershed and stormwater professionals throughout the nation to learn how to increase the resiliency of our communities in response to emerging and persistent threats to our water resources — from headwaters to coasts. Network with water resource managers, practitioners, researchers, and regulators from all over the United States. The conference will include technical presentations, case studies, panel discussions, workshops and field trips.

The National Conference’s central theme is Applying Florida’s Water Issues & Solutions to Climatic Regions Nationwide.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education and Engagement Team is planning a virtual workshop for January 2021. “Fully Serving the Underserved,” will take place in interactive segments spread out over two days. The Team will cover ways to identify, engage, and support underrepresented and underserved populations.

Spread out in two-hour blocks; the sessions run between January 12th and January 13th.

A keynote speaker, engaging panelists, and audience activities are in the planning stages. Learn more and receive updates about this event HERE.

 

Call for Abstracts Now Open!  Registration opens November 2020.

Coastal GeoTools continues to be THE place to experience what’s new and forward-thinking in terms of technology and coastal management. In this virtual environment, you will continue to experience everything this conference has to offer – top notch sessions, training opportunities, the tools showcase, plenaries, and the exhibit hall. Going virtual will also enable us to provide a few surprises, too!

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Building on the success of the 2019 conference on Managed Retreat, the 2021 conference will address a range of scientific, social, policy and governance issues around managed retreat (also known as strategic realignment and planned relocation). The conference, a major initiative of Columbia University's Earth Institute, will bring together stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, together with academics, scientists, and community representatives, to help develop a common understanding of this complex issue, and move the needle toward equitable solutions. A major emphasis will be on issues of environmental justice, in recognition that the people most impacted by decisions around retreat have a key role in these conversations.

Save the date: June 29 - July 1, 2021.

The call for sessions and abstracts will open in September 2020.

Learn more here.

The Climate Leader is an online training in systems thinking to help fuel the global response to climate change. These materials will help you to be more effective at addressing climate change by enabling you to see the interconnections and big picture in your work. Behind the Climate Leader are decades of experience from the team at Climate Interactive and powerful ideas developed at MIT.

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The Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative is happy to announce the first webinar in the webinar/workshop series "Standardizing Sea-Level Scenarios for Gulf of Mexico Projects."

Very often projects involving sea-level rise start out with the same question - how much sea-level rise and by when? Often the processes of determining which scenarios takes a great deal of time. Additionally, different projects settle on different scenarios making it difficult to compare results between projects. The Cooperative partners have identified addressing this issue as a priority goal for 2016.

The Cooperative would like to invite experts in SLR and those who frequently work on SLR projects in the Gulf to come to collaborate in identifying recommended scenarios. The goal is a suite of recommended scenarios for use across a variety of projects as well as a brief user guide to encourage its use on the Gulf Coast.

This process will take time and instead of dealing with such a large issue with such a large group in one meeting, we are planning a series of webinars and workshops. The first webinar will happen on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. CST, and it will be a background/kick-off webinar addressing the series goals and outlining national, regional and local scenarios.

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In this webinar series, practitioners will share information, results and lessons learned through recent work by FHWA/US DOT and State and MPO partners to make the transportation system more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events. The first track focuses on the processes used in the Gulf Coast Study, Phase 2 (Mobile) and transferable methods developed for other agencies to assess the vulnerability of transportation infrastructure. The second track focuses on FHWA's recently completed Climate Resilience Pilot program, which supported 19 pilot projects around the country to assess vulnerabilities and develop strategies to make transportation infrastructure and operations more resilient to climate change and extreme weather events.

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