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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 National Coastal and Estuarine Summit is the largest international gathering of coastal professionals. The Summit, hosted by Restore America's Estuaries and the Coastal States Organization, brings together a unique blend of people who are involved in policy, science, strategy, business, and on-the-ground restoration and management. This year the Summit will be a highly interactive, state of the art, virtual opportunity to network with colleagues, share lessons learned, and hear from experts on the latest in coastal restoration and management.

Learn more and register for the summit HERE.

The Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN) is excited to announce the “Alliances for Equity” Virtual Forum Series in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

They have repurposed the RNPN Annual Forum into a month-long virtual series focused on “Alliances for Equity,” with weekly sessions taking place on October 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST. The topics of each dialogue are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 7 – “Let’s Talk Equity”
  • Wednesday, October 14 – “Prioritizing Equity”
  • Wednesday, October 21 – “Planning for an Equitable Future”
  • Wednesday, October 28 – “Building a Foundation for Action”

Join these discussions on current efforts to adopt equitable practices across the field of resilience. Diverse, cross-sector voices will help drive important conversations on prioritizing and planning for equity in resilience, building actionable steps toward much-needed change.

Learn more about the event, including agenda and speakers, HERE. Register for the event HERE.

Over the next several months, project teams who received funding from the NOAA RESTORE Science Program in 2017 will be presenting their results as a OneNOAA Science Seminar Series, entitled Actionable Science in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of fifteen research teams were awarded $16.7 million to support work on living coastal and marine resources and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.

To learn more and to view past recordings, go to: https://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/engagement/actionable-science-in-the-gulf-of-mexico-seminar-series


October 1, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET
Project Title: Linking habitat to recruitment: evaluating the importance of pelagic Sargassum to fisheries management in the Gulf of Mexico (Learn more here.)
Presenter: Dr. Frank Hernandez, University of Southern Mississippi

October 7, 2020, 12 – 1 PM ET
Project Title: Ecosystem Modeling to Improve Fisheries Management in the Gulf of Mexico (Learn more here)
Presenter: Dr. David Chagaris, University of Florida

The National Conference, “2020 Vision for Our Coasts: Navigating Stormy Times,” will reflect how beach and coastal communities are dealing with the unique challenges presented this yearby the coronavirus pandemic, but will also look at how coastlines and communities can be resilient to current and future physical and economic challenges. Topics covered at the conference will include coastal and beach science, engineering, processes, policy and management. This year, we will also include how beach communities, beach managers and tourism officials are dealing with COVID-19, and any lessons learned from managing a beach in a pandemic.

Submit abstracts for online poster presentation until August 21st.

For more information and to register, go to: https://asbpa.org/conferences/

Presented by the Engaging Preparedness Communities working group of the National Integrated Drought Information System

Please join us for a free monthly webinar series beginning in November that will explore current research and applications on drought impacts. Understanding impacts helps planners, decision makers and resource managers reduce vulnerability to future droughts. The webinars, which start Nov. 6, 2013, are on Wednesdays, beginning at 1 p.m. Central time. Each will include:
  • a focus on a specific effort to document drought impacts and the use of this information in decision-making
  • discussion of NIDIS’ role in the emerging Impacts Community of Practice
  • a chance to ask questions via chat
  • other interactive elements.
The Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network Webinar Series highlights key tools and tool use case studies to help practitioners learn about tools quickly and determine their suitability for specific EBM projects. Webinars are held 1-3 times per month and typically last 1 hour.

Brought to you by The NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), US National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), and American Water Works Association (AWWA).

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.

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.


The Center for Watershed Protection’s 2020 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference will be held November 16 – November 17, 2020.

For the past several years, this annual conference has served as an important forum for watershed and stormwater professionals to learn about innovative restoration approaches from experts, build partnerships, and share best practices. This year the CWP will host a Coastal & Island Specialty Conference that will focus on the unique challenges of these communities, including the interrelationships of watersheds stormwater management, water quality, and climate resilience. The conference will provide an opportunity to hear about a broad spectrum of topics and connect those that live and work in areas surrounded by water to encourage information sharing on experiences and best practices for managing these watersheds.

Learn more and register for the conference HERE.

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.


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.