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NOAA’s Science Seminar Series Sept 18-22
Sep 18 – Sep 22 all-day
OneNOAA Science Seminars: The most complete and integrated summary of NOAA science and climate seminars across the nation. A voluntary effort with many contributors across NOAA Line Offices initiated in 2004 to bring you the most comprehensive summary of public access, NOAA hosted science seminars. For remote access, location, abstracts and more, visit the OneNOAA Science Seminar Calendar at For more, please contact or All seminars are posted in Eastern Time and subject to changes without notice; please check the OneNOAA Seminar web page for the latest seminar updates. Seminars are open to the public via remote access; for non-NOAA people to attend in person, please email the point of contact listed for each seminar.
Title: Science – Society: Equilibrating Our Understanding of Ocean Acidification
Presenter(s):Carla Edworthy, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa
Date & Time: September 20, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Title: How Does the Early 21st Century Drought in the U.S. Compare to the Drought Episodes of the 1930s and 1950s?
Presenter(s): Richard R. Heim Jr., Meteorologist, NOAA/NESDIS/National Centers for Environmental Information – NCEI. Presenting remotely from Asheville, NC
Date & Time: September 20, 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Title: Manta Rays: Studying an Ocean Icon
Presenter(s): Joshua Stewart, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Date & Time:September 20, 2017 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET

Title: National Snow Analysis: 13 Years of Operations
Presenter(s): Dr. Greg Fall – OWP / NOHRSC
Date & Time: September 21, 2017 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET

Title: Alaska Region Climate Outlook Briefing
Presenter(s): Richard Thoman,Climate Science and Services Manager, NWS Alaska Region
Date & Time: September 22, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

A General Approach and Tool to Evaluate the Effectiveness of No-Take Marine Reserves by Juan Carlos Villaseñor-Derbez, Caio Faro, Melaina Wright, and Jael Martínez of UCSB.
Sep 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The benefits of no-take marine reserves – where all extractive activities are off-limits – are well known. While previous works provide a set of indicators to evaluate the performance of marine protected areas, they do not provide guidelines to analyze them nor a user-friendly tool to conduct the evaluation. Over the last year, students from The Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California Santa Barbara collaborated with the Mexican NGO Comunidad y Biodiversidad to provide managers and fishers with tools to evaluate marine reserves taking into account biophysical, socioeconomic, and governance dimensions. An open-source web application called MAREA (Marine Reserve Evaluation App), which automates the evaluation and produces a color-coded scorecard and a technical report was developed from this collaboration. This webinar will cover our general approach for identifying the objectives of a reserve and matching them with proper indicators, describe the analysis that can be performed, and do a demonstration of MAREA.Webinar co-sponsored by the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and and MEAM.

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Manta Rays: Studying an Ocean Icon​ ​
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join Dr. Nancy Foster Scholar Joshua Stewart as he provides background on the biology and ecology of manta rays, current threats and conservation actions, including his latest research on mantas and how new technology is providing insights into these mysterious creatures’ lives. This webinar series will provide educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. More information on the series and upcoming webinars can be found here.

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Product circularity and the hidden economic opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes by Martin Charter of The Centre for Sustainable Design.
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday, October 5, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC
Product circularity and the hidden economic opportunities of discarded fishing nets and ropes by Martin Charter of The Centre for Sustainable Design. Circular economies aim to minimize resource inputs, emissions, and energy leakage by designing long-lasting products; maintaining, repairing, and reusing them; and recycling them at the end of their useful life. This is in contrast to traditional linear economies utilizing ‘take, make, dispose’ models of production. The talk will provide guidance on how organizations can implement circular economy principles related to products, processes, and business models. It will also introduce the Circular Ocean project which pursues innovative and sustainable solutions for marine plastic waste arising from waste fishing nets and ropes (FNRs). Issues related to waste FNRs, existing products that utilize FNRs, and potential new business models for waste FNRs will be presented. Read more about the Circular Ocean project at Webinar co-sponsored by the NOAA National MPA Center, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network (co-coordinated by NatureServe and Register for the webinar at

Communications Training Boot Camp for Scientists
Oct 9 – Oct 10 all-day
The American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) is offering a professional development program designed to enhance the communication skills of scientists, particularly those interested in communicating with decision-makers and the news media. The program is an excellent way to develop new communication skills and identify effective methods for broadening the impact of research and education programs.
The AIBS Communications Training Boot Camp for Scientists expands on AIBS’ highly successful media and science policy training workshops. The Boot Camp meets the needs of everyone from graduate students to senior researchers and program administrators to newly elected professional society leaders.
The Boot Camp is an intensive, two-day, hands-on training program that will be held in Washington, DC on 9-10 October 2017.
Participants will learn:
-How to translate scientific findings for non-technical audiences
-How to tell a resonant story that informs decision-makers
-How to prepare for and participate in a news interview
-How to prepare for and engage in a meeting with a decision-maker
-How to protect your scientific reputation
-How to identify and define the audience you need to reach
-What decision-makers want to hear from a scientist
-What reporters are looking for in an interview
-How to leverage social media
-How the nation’s science policy is developed and implemented
Participants will also have the opportunity for formal and informal discussions with science policy and communications experts working in Washington, DC. A course outline is available at
AIBS Individual Members and individuals nominated to participate by an AIBS Member Society/Organization receive a $55 discount on registration.
Learn more about the program and register now at

U.S. and Canada Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day

Call for Meeting Registration and Poster Abstracts
5th United States and Canada Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum
Taking Stock: Sharing Best Practices and Identifying Needs for Viable Beaufort Sea and Adjacent Lands Development

11-13 October 2017
Anchorage, Alaska

Poster abstract submission deadline: Sunday, 10 September 2017

Registration deadline: 1 October 2017

To register for the Forum, go to:
Forum Registration Webpage

For information about poster abstracts guidelines and submission, go to:
View Guidelines and Submission Information

For information about the Forum, go to:
Forum Homepage

Organizers invite registration and abstract submissions for the 5th Northern Oil and Gas Research Forum. The theme of the forum is “Taking Stock: Sharing Best Practices and Identifying Needs for Viable Beaufort Sea and Adjacent Lands Development.” The forum will convene 11-13 October 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska.

The year the Forum aims to take stock of progress achieved and major challenges that remain in this field. The Forum will feature panels, technical sessions, posters, and keynote luncheon presentations. It will feature current research and highlight information needs for management of petroleum activities in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, North Slope, and Mackenzie Valley.

The Forum will provide an opportunity to discuss current and future priorities for environmental, social, engineering, and other research in the North. Forum participants include a cross-section of disciplines, from federal, territorial, and state governments; Indigenous organizations; industry; academia; and environmental non-governmental organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss activities and research, community engagement, and partnerships.

Panel session topics include:

  • Science-based decision-making;
  • Community and industry perspectives, priorities, and research/monitoring needs;
  • Scenario planning;
  • Meaningful engagement of Indigenous peoples in oil and gas activities;
  • Shared leadership and governance perspectives from U.S. and Canada and the Arctic Council;
  • Role of regional studies, environmental assessments, and cumulative effects; and
  • Role of research in regulation.

Technical session topics include:

  • Environment;
  • Oil spill prevention;
  • Ice, ocean, and air;
  • Community-driven research and monitoring;
  • Biological observatories and monitoring;
  • Oil spill response; and
  • Science in area-based management.

Poster abstract submission deadline: Sunday, 10 September 2017

Registration deadline: 1 October 2017, but space is limited.

For information about poster abstracts guidelines and submission, go to:
View Guidelines and Submission Information

Poster abstracts should be submitted via email to Filip Petrovic.

To register for the Forum, go to:
Forum Registration Webpage

For additional information about the Forum, go to:
Forum Homepage

Nature of the Bay
Oct 15 – Oct 19 all-day
  • Date and time: October 15-19, 2017
  • Location: St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Description: The Bay of Fundy giant tides never rest, but as the days grow shorter and cooler the dynamics change. Join us in our seaside town to experience firsthand the changing of the seasons on the coast. Gain insight into the natural rhythm of the tides and the seasons, via exploration and up-close encounters. Explore this unique environment by boat, kayak and walking on the ocean floor.
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Duke University – Fall online training in marine and coastal planning
Oct 16 all-day

MARINE PLANNING PROCESS – The Nicholas School Executive Education program will be holding an online training in coastal and marine planning. It is held in a series of 90-minute live webinars over an 8-week period.

October 16-December 15, 2017 (Online)  

Learn global best practices and essential skills in marine planning, a core component of the 2010 U.S. National Oceans Policy. This interactive curriculum is designed for professionals with interest in coastal and oceans management at all experience levels.