Session Title: NOAA Stakeholder Dialogue on Shared Priorities and Multiple Benefits of Conservation

Description: NOAA leadership will hold an informal, open dialogue with NOAA stakeholders focusing on shared priorities and the multiple benefits of conservation efforts.

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost: Free, but advance registration is requested for planning purposes


Session Title: Engineering with Nature for Sustainable Estuaries

Description: 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. 

Time: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $75 (lunch included)


Session Title: Working with Water Level Training

Description: Changing water levels are affecting our coastal communities and natural systems. This course provides tools and hands-on exercises to support resource managers in building skills and knowledge that can be applied to their work in tidally-influenced environments. The course will cover the following concepts: 1) Explore vertical datums and how they relate to one another when working with water level data; 2) Identify sources of error in water level data and importance of sensor stability for quality data; 3) Explore water level data case studies, tools and applications; 4) Perform tidal datum computations to generate water level highs and lows and tidal datums; and 5) Produce inundation statistic’s to support marsh management restoration activities.

Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: $75 (lunch included)

Session Title: Optimizing Ocean Observing: An Instrumentation Workshop

Description: 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.

Time: 9:00 am – noon

Cost: Free, but advance registration required

Session Title: Adding a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Lens to Recruitment and Hiring in the Coastal Sector

Description: Diversity, equity, and inclusion are critically important for the effectiveness and sustainability of coastal science and application for management, conservation, and restoration efforts. Yet, many environmental institutions are not aware of how best to address diversity within their work place. This workshop will cover tips to cast a wider net in recruitment efforts, mitigate bias in hiring, and support retention and advancement of staff. Participants will be left with tips and tools to meaningfully engage in cultivating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. 

Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: $50


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