ACZISC COASTAL UPDATE
Dear ACZISC Members,
The Coastal Update has been published monthly since 1997 by the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC). Readers may review the archived issues of the Coastal Update at the COINAtlantic website’s newsletter section (www.coinatlantic.ca).
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For the past 25 years, the Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) has been successfully offering its expertise and guidance in bringing the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management Community of Practice (ICOMCoP) together, encouraging the sharing of data and information, and developing the tools and resources that will make marine-based geospatial data more accessible. As a step towards strengthening and expanding our network within the ICOMCoP, the ACZISC is relaunching their brand as COINAtlantic (Coastal and Ocean Information Network Atlantic).
Spring 2017: ACZISC Meeting #79, TBD, New Brunswick
Fall 2017: ACZISC #80, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Spring 2018: ACZISC Meeting #81, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS & FEATURES
The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced today (March 1st) at Dalhousie University that the Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response (MEOPAR) Network will receive $28.5 million over the next five years to continue research to reduce Canada’s vulnerability to marine hazards and emergencies, through facilitating partnerships between academia, government, several marine industry sectors, ocean technology firms, coastal communities, and NGOs.
Read more about the announcement here: http://meopar.ca/news/entry/meopar-cycle2-announcement
“The end of 2016 was met with a disturbing scene: dead marine life spread across the beaches of southwestern Nova Scotia. Images of a marine die-off left Canadians wondering what was going on in the ocean, as scientists scrambled to provide answers. Although we may not have the conclusive answers we were hoping to find, the incident highlights a critical point: nature is unpredictable and in order to adapt, we need healthy abundant oceans.” - Oceana
The full article can be read here: http://bit.ly/2lqxyXU
The purpose of CMA-2 (Caribbean Marine Atlas-2nd phase) Project is the sustainable operationalization of an online digital “Caribbean Marine Atlas” technology platform, in support of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), including, coastal hazards, climate change, biodiversity & habitats, fisheries, and land-based sources of pollution, as well as Ecosystem-based Management for Caribbean Large Marine Ecosystem (CLME). The Caribbean Marine Atlas Platform allows you to browse through an extensive catalogue of data layers on a wide variety of topics, allowing you to create maps based on one or more of the layers.
The atlas can be viewed at the following link: http://www.caribbeanmarineatlas.org
See also www.iode.org
This online visualization tool supports communities that are assessing their coastal hazard risks and vulnerabilities. The tool creates a collection of user-defined maps that show the people, places, and natural resources exposed to coastal flooding. The maps can be saved, downloaded, or shared to communicate flood exposure and potential impacts. In addition, the tool provides guidance for using these maps to engage community members and stakeholders.
The tool can be accessed at the following link: https://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/flood-exposure.html?utm_source=MailChimp&utm_campaign=DCC_Jan17&utm_medium=email
This hand book is conceived as a practical “cookbook” and was compiled by gathering information from ten atlas developers as well as extracting relevant information from International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) workshop reports. The goal is to allow both new and established Coastal Web Atlas (CWA) developers and hosts to benefit from best practice examples, as well as learn from experienced CWA developers, to increase capacity to successfully interact with user communities and target audiences, while managing coastal and marine data and information in a user friendly way. The final product is a resource that hopes to complement and link to a variety of OceanTeacher activities, support IODE training in courses, and be valuable to all who manage and present marine data and information.
This tool is now available as IOC Manuals and Guides No. 75 from the IODE web site:
CONFERENCES, EVENTS, & WEBINARS
The ACZISC Secretariat compiles a list of regional, national and international conferences, seminars, webinars, courses and other events of relevance to integrated coastal and ocean management (ICOM). To see the complete list, please visit:
NEWSLETTERS & ARTICLES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
· January 30: http://bit.ly/2lks58e
· February 6: http://bit.ly/2m4N3bU
· February 13: http://bit.ly/2lLqYhS
· February 20: http://bit.ly/2lGrWv9
February 27: http://bit.ly/2lWR5Qy
Some recaps from the January Issue…
Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 March 2017 17:14