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Reminder: Free Webinar on Climate Change, Community Resilience and Restoration in the Gulf, April 10

GOMURC is co-hosting a free webinar on Climate Change, Community Resilience, and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico with the Environmental Law Institute and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs. The webinar will be Friday, April 10, 2:00-4:00PM ET (1:00-3:00PM CT) and you can register here.

Don’t miss out on this exciting and important discussion!

 

NOAA’s Education Council is soliciting general comments on the latest update of the NOAA Education Strategic Plan 2015 – 2035: Advancing NOAA’s Mission through Education, planned to be released later in 2015.  The Plan outlines the goals and objectives that NOAA Education will strive to achieve over the next 20 years. Comments must be received by April 10, 2015 and can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., include “Education Plan Public Comment” in the subject line. Or via mail to Marissa Jones, NOAA Office of Education, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20230. Include “Education Plan Public Comment” on the envelope. More details here.

 

 

The National Research Council has a project to gather an ad hoc committee to inform monitoring and evaluation of restoration activities in the Gulf of Mexico. The committee will identify best practices for monitoring and evaluating restoration activities to improve the performance of restoration programs and increase the effectiveness and longevity of restoration projects. More information can be found here. A list of potential committee members can be found here. They are currently taking comments on the committee appointments with the commenting period ending on April 8. 

In a new publication, Evidence of climate-driven ecosystem reorganization in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists reviewed over 100 indicators representing physical, biological, and economic aspects of the Gulf of Mexico and found that ecosystem-wide reorganization occurred.  They also analyzed these shifts and their alignment with the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). They “provide an explanation for how the AMO may drive physical changes in the Gulf of Mexico, thus altering higher-level ecosystem dynamics. The hypotheses presented here should provide focus for further targeted studies, particularly in regard to whether and how management should adjust to different climate regimes or states of nature.”

 

The full report can be found here

GOMURC is co-hosting a free webinar on Climate Change, Community Resilience, and Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico with the Environmental Law Institute and the four Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant programs. The webinar will be Friday, April 10, 2:00-4:00PM ET (1:00-3:00PM CT) and you can register here. For more details, see below:

 

Many restoration planning documents and programs in the Gulf of Mexico highlight the need to address climate change impacts as part of the restoration framework. While precedent exists on how to integrate climate change into restoration decision-making, many post-Deepwater Horizon restoration projects fail to adequately address climate change impacts. At the same time, coastal communities in the Gulf of Mexico region are both on the front line of climate impacts, as well as the ones hit hardest by the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. This webinar will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the complex intersection of climate change, community resilience and Gulf of Mexico restoration, focusing on the challenges of and opportunities for creating restoration projects that both incorporate climate change considerations and are responsive to the needs of coastal communities.

PANELISTS:

Dr. Kathryn Mengerink (Director, Ocean Program, Environmental Law Institute) Overview of Gulf Restoration Programs

Dr. Robert Twilley (Executive Director, Louisiana Sea Grant) Ecosystem Adaptation Climate Change Impacts on the Gulf Coast and Restoration Efforts

Jonathan Porthouse,(Senior Manager, Coastal Habitat Restoration, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund) Integrating Climate Change Impacts into Restoration Planning and Projects

Colette Pichon Battle, (Executive Director, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy) Climate Impacts on Communities  and Options for Response

Dr. Tracie Sempier (Coastal Storms Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant) Climate Change Decision-Making by Coastal Communities

MODERATOR:

Andrew Shepard, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative

NOAA Coastal Services Center Sea Level Rise and Coastal Impacts viewer is a teaching and planning tool that shows predicted sea levels on coastal communities under different rise scenarios -- http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/slrviewer

House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on IPCC report on May 29, 11a ET (webcast)-- http://science.house.gov/hearing/full-committee-hearing-examining-un-intergovernmental-panel-climate-change-process. IPCC report is at http://www.ipcc.ch

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House passed H.R. 2431: National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2013, "a collaborative effort between numerous federal agencies and several state governments to provide a dynamic and accessible drought-risk information system." House subcommittee news item at http://democrats.science.house.gov/press-release/house-passes-drought-research-legislation. Bill now goes to Senate.

NRC report reviews inter-agency ocean acidification plan, REVIEW OF THE FEDERAL OCEAN ACIDIFICATION, RESEARCH AND MONITORING PLAN, available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=17018&utm_medium=etmail&utm_source=The%20National%20Academies%20Press&utm_campaign=NAP+mail+new+01.15.13&utm_content=&utm_term=

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