NOAA Stakeholder Dialogue on Shared Priorities and Multiple Benefits of Conservation

Hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

NOAA leadership including, Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator, NOAA's National Ocean Service and Pat Montanio, Director of Office of Habitat Conservation, NOAA Fisheries will hold an informal, open dialogue with NOAA stakeholders focusing on shared priorities and the multiple benefits of conservation efforts. This workshop is free, but advance registration is requested for planning purposes. Register for this workshop when you register for the Summit here, or contact to add this to your Summit registration.

California Estuarine Research Society Annual Meeting

Hosted by California Estuarine Research Society

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The California Estuarine Research Society (CARES), is the local affiliate of the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation that focuses on the coastal and estuarine environments of California and Baja California, Mexico. CAERS meetings provide an engaging and friendly environment for networking among academic researchers, students, managers and other practitioners, and for presenting estuarine and coastal themed research.

Please join us and encourage your students and staff to attend!  To register for this meeting, visit: www.CAERS.wildapricot.orgEarly CAERS meeting registration will end on October 1, 2018, with late registration up until the meeting. Join us and check out what’s new in estuaries from both sides of the border!


Engineering with Nature for Sustainable Estuaries

Hosted by U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

$75 with lunch included

This short course will provide participants: 1) An overview of Engineering with Nature (EWN) practices and example projects that promote coastal resilience, flood risk reduction, and enhance ecosystem services; 2) An introduction to a diverse number of EWN solutions, which include a systems approach that incorporates the use of natural and nature-based features (NNBF); 3) A greater understanding of the application and utility of specific NNBF types (e.g., beaches, dunes, wetlands, reefs, islands, etc.) used in creating EWN solutions; and 4) Insight into current efforts to quantify EWN “triple win” outcomes, which includes the analysis of benefits specific to engineering, environmental, and socio-economic metrics.  This R&D module will offer participants a greater understanding of existing and planned EWN-focused research, which is being led by a diverse consortium of organizations, to address current and future-anticipated issues and challenges confronting our estuarine systems. Register for this workshop when you register for the Summit here, or contact to add this to your Summit registration.


The Coastal Society's Margaret Davidson Coastal Career Development Workshop

Hosted by The Coastal Society

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Coastal Society is proud to honor Margaret’s legacy with this workshop designed to benefit students and early- to mid-career coastal professionals, as well as the next generation of coastal practitioners. The full-day event will feature a morning of keynote talks on career options, employment prospects, successful pathways toward opportunities in southern California and around the nation, and inspirational testimonies from coastal professionals. The opening speaker will be Jeff Payne, Director, NOAA/NOS Office for Coast Management; Jeff was Margaret’s former Deputy at the NOS Coastal Services Center. The afternoon will offer a series of smaller group discussions about various skills needed to succeed, such as leadership, networking, mentors, publishing, resumes, and more.  Separate registration is required for this workshop and will open soon at The Coastal Society’s website: (  Contact Tom Bigford ( ) or Alex Michailidis ( ) with any questions.


Optimizing Ocean Observing: An Instrumentation Workshop

Hosted by RBR Ltd.

9:00 am – noon

Ocean observations, as fundamental and exciting as they are, can also be quite the daunting task.  As an instrumentation provider, RBR has recognized that those that take the time to become familiar with, care for, and understand the limitations and strengths of their equipment often have the greatest successes in the field. This workshop is a forum to spark interests in understanding oceanographic sensors and how they work, improving the quality of field data, increasing deployment success rates, and improving the safety of those conducting the observations.  We will focus on best practices, practical maintenance, deployment considerations, and a few tips and tricks to help get the most from your ocean observing equipment. The material covered is applicable to a wide variety of common instrumentation and can be tailored to the needs of those attending. This workshop is free, but advance registration is requested for planning purposes. Register for this workshop when you register for the Summit here, or contact to add this to your Summit registration.


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