October 31 - November 2, 2017 | Esri Conference Center, Redlands, CA

Thursday Sessions

Session Title: Coastal and Marine Interface
Room: Auditorium
Session Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
Using GIS to Manage Large-Scale Regional Monitoring Programs

Managing data for large-scale regional environmental monitoring programs can be complex and challenging. The Southern California Bight Regional Monitoring Program has included 100+ agencies, all providing sampling effort and/or data. Here we show how we are using ESRI GIS tools to acquire, manage and analyze program data. This will give Managers important updates and quicker access to the data. ESRI reporting tools will also be used to highlight results from a past regional survey.

Presenter: Shelly Moore and Steven Steinberg, SCCWRP

What if Spatial Science is Creative? Producing Knowledge in Coastal Environments through Mapping, Monitoring and Modelling

What does it mean to acknowledge that spatial science is creative? Creativity is the use of original ideas to bring something into existence. Using examples of coastal mapping, monitoring and modelling, I demonstrate that creativity plays an important part at every stage of scientific knowledge production. Mapping and monitoring changes on coral reefs and specifying coastal models all emerge as creative activities for producing environmental knowledge.

Presenters: Sarah Hamylton, University of Wollongong

An Integrated Land-Sea Planning Toolkit

NatureServe developed the Integrated Land-Sea Planning Toolkit comprised of NatureServe Vista and other tools to address the complex planning across the land-sea interface. The toolkit has been used on all US coasts and recently in Puerto Rico to model sediment and nutrient input to the marine environment; conduct a scenario-based cumulative effects assessment for terrestrial, freshwater, and marine biodiversity; and guide site-based decision making for conservation and erosion mitigation.

Presenters:Patrick Crist and Samantha Coocia, NatureServe

Mapping Marine Ecosystems and Biogeographic Realms

A new analysis proposes marine biogeographic realms based on species distributions, and candidate marine ecosystems based on ‘Ecological Marine Units’ have been derived from analysis of 3D environmental data. Biodiversity includes both species and their ecosystems. A comparison between the boundaries of realms and ecosystems will indicate what environmental gradients have most strongly influenced the evolution of biodiversity by being barriers to species dispersal.

Presenters:Mark Costello, Zeenatul Basher, Qianshuo Zhao, Roger Sayre, Dawn Wright, Sean Breyer, Kevin Butler, University of Auckland

Session Title: Livning Resources
Room: Meeting Room B
Session Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
FisheriesNET a Monitoring System to Understand Small-scale Fisheries

This initiative aims to better understand small-scale fishing activity by integrating a solar powered GPS and catch monitoring system, designing an interface to analyze and visualize data, and marketing its use to facilitate information access to stakeholders and resource managers. A prototype has been placed in several fishing communities generating spatial-temporal data in a daily basis. This is an opportunity to effectively co-monitor fisheries to enhance its management and conservation.

Presenter: Marcia Moreno-Baez, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Spatial Protection for Porbeagle Sharks, Lamna Nasus, in the Northwest Atlantic – the Road to Recovery?

Marine protected areas are used to conserve biodiversity, yet can be limited in their capacity to protect highly mobile species. This project uses ArcGIS to overlay ecologically significant areas with Porbeagle shark landings to compare abundance and distribution with potential MPA sites. This project can help determine the feasibility of conserving sharks using static protected areas on the Atlantic coast of Canada and assist managers in designing MPA networks to better protect mobile species.

Presenter: Catherine Schram, Dalhousie University - Nova Scotia

Conflict and Cooperation at Sea: Placing Small Scale-Industrial Fishing Interactions in Ghanaian Sea Space

Fisheries conflicts are occurring with increasing prevalence and severity. While spatial analysis of biophysical variables improves, social interactions at sea remain invisible. We create a spatial model of incidents between artisanal and industrial fishers that suggests incidents are driven by industrial incursion rather than expansion of artisanal fishing. Further, interactions are spatially and temporally concentrated, suggesting predictability that could improve enforcement efforts.

Presenter: Katherine Seto, University of California at Berkeley: Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management.

US Navy Marine Species Monitoring Program

The U.S. Navy monitors marine species to assess impacts from shore and at-sea activities and improve data on regional distributions and support basic science for environmental assessments. HDR has provided these services to the Navy since 2010. We highlight the role of GIS in three projects: 1) the assessment of sound impacts from pile driving, 2) surveys of endangered seals in the U.S. Navy's Hawaii Range Complex, and 3) telemetry to characterize whale use of Navy training and testing areas.

Presenter: Kristen Ampela, Peter Hille, and Nicholas Stadille

Session Title: Marine Spatial Planning
Room: Auditorium
Session Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Supporting Coastal and Marine Spatial Planning with the WCODP

The West Coast Ocean Data Portal, in support of West Coast States and Tribes, highlights recent regional data synthesis efforts for kelp, littoral cells and marine protected areas. The WCOPD provides a geoportal catalog based system that is positioned to support future regional planning on the West Coast as part of the West Coast Ocean Partnership and West Coast Regional Planning Body.

Presenters: Steven Steinberg,Southern California Coastal Water Research Project and Andy Lanier, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project

Mapping Mission Blue Ocean Hope Spots

Mission Blue has designated 73 Hope Spots around the world. Hope Spots have one or multiple point of interests(POI). Hope Spots POI are unevenly distributed, and thus displaying all POIs in a single map would create a visual clutter due to overlapping. In order to avoid it, POIs were regrouped into seven regions & maps were created, and those maps were then used to create Esri story map journal. This app helped to enhance communication about the Hope Spots project with the general audience.

Presenters: Avanish Sharma, University of Redlands

Maximizing the Value of Open Ocean Space: Aquaculture Site Selection and Co-siting in the Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf Aquaculture Plan (GAP) provides the first regulatory framework to manage the development of open ocean finfish aquaculture in in the US. In a multi-agency mock permitting exercise we used spatial planning to identify areas with user conflicts within the Gulf of Mexico. Further analyses consider in situ conditional parameters within the suitable siting area. Here, we present the site selection process and opportunities to maximize ocean space through co-siting opportunities.

Presenters: Lisa Wickliffe,NOAA, James A. Morris, NOS and Ken L. Riley, NCCOS

Session: Marine Debris
Room: B
Session Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
GIS Application to Post Super Storm Sandy Marine Debris Assessment and Categorization

Super Storm Sandy in 2012 produced marine debris along the east coast of the US. Marine debris poses a danger to navigation and impacts marine habitat. FEMA, NOAA and state/local agencies surveyed and removed marine debris in coastal areas. We analyzed remaining debris in GIS to find potential dangers to navigation, mapped debris with lidar and imagery, recommended best practices for future response on how marine debris data is attributed to inform further action of decision makers.

Presenter: Michael Bogonko, ERT Inc./NOAA JHC

Research to Reality and Back Again: A Story of Bubbles

The Deepwater Horizon incident is a prime example of the flow of information from research to commercial implementation, stakeholder feedback to policy makers, and eventual funding for more research. This cyclical nature emphasizes the importance of the continued link between scientists and the community via public outreach and education efforts, collaborative efforts between stakeholders and researchers, and cooperation between researchers and commercial industry associates.

Presenters: Victoria Price, Maurice Doucet, Normandeau Associate

Participatory GIS and Citizen Science Approaches for Understanding Coastal Marine Debris in Belize

We use participatory GIS and sketch mapping to analyze natural and non-natural marine debris hotspots in Hopkins, Belize. We compare sampled debris locations with community members’ perceptions of debris and emotional connections to the coast. Such comparisons can aide future mitigation efforts and public engagement strategies. PGIS provides underrepresented communities tools of empowerment to engage in the research process, and sets a precedent for future studies in marine conservation.

Presenter: Ashley Little, Georgia State University

Marine Debris and GIS: Story Map Brings Remote Places Closer

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) are one of the remote places on the earth, yet marine debris from all around the Pacific Ocean is washed up on the shorelines of those uninhabited islands and atolls. Since 1996, NOAA Fisheries and multiple agencies have conducted surveys and removal of marine debris in the NWHI. For the 2016 removal effort, the Story Map was created to show daily updates of the operations and highlight the marine debris issues and impacts in the remote islands.

Presenters: Tomoko Acoba, James Morioka, Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research

Session Title: National Mapping
Room: Auditorium
Session Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Re-scheming NOAA Nautical Charts

NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey - Marine Chart Division has been engaged in a multi-year project to transform its nautical chart production system from a cell based CAD model to a database driven GIS. In addition to its goal of elevating Electronic Navigational Charts to the Nation's primary source of data for navigation, the nearly complete system will support a complete product suite re-scheming for improved data consistency, product planning and customer satisfaction.

Presenter: John Nyberg and Allison Wittrock, NOAA - Office of Coast Survey

eHydro: Integration, Reporting and Communication

This topic will cover eHydro's recent efforts to integrate its data with other Corps applications and systems, on reporting criteria and uses, and how eHydro is sharing hydrographic survey data to the world. Discussion topics are to include eHydro’s mission, current integration efforts within the organization, existing and developing reports, and communication efforts with other federal agencies.

Presenter: Shanks Gavin, US Army Corps of Engineers

Fixing the Submerged Lands Act Boundary

The Submerged Lands Act (SLA) boundary divides offshore State and Federal waters. This boundary can move over time as changes in the coastline occur. The SLA allows the boundary to be permanently fixed (immobilized) by the U.S. Supreme Court. Once a SLA boundary is fixed, ambulations of the coastline have no effect on the boundary location. Fixing provides certainty to boundaries of offshore leases. BOEM is actively working with coastal states interested in fixing their SLA boundary.

Presenter: Douglas Vandegraft, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The Office of Coast Survey's Geospatial Infrastructure of Hydropgraphyand Nautical Charting

The Office of Coast Survey was one of the first Federal agencies that embraced Esri's new capability for organizing geospatial information within an organization. Navigation managers, planners, and cartographers at OCS use GIS Portal to create maps and services that are shared throughout the agency. These products are used for survey planning, to highlight marine transportation routes and sensitive areas, as well as to identify regions that need updated charts and coastal information.

Presenter: Neil Weston, Office of Coast Survey, NOAA

Session Title: Coastal Resiliency
Room: B
Session Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Climate Change Threats to United Arab Emirates Coastal Zone- Development of a Coastal Vulnerability Index

The United Arab Emirates lacks a spatially-explicit assessment of near-term coastal vulnerability associated with sea level rise and hazards. Our Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) tool estimates relative exposure to storms and sea level rise. A CVI provides insights on issues of near-term concern to planners such as risk to existing infrastructure, recommendations for coastal protection priorities, strategic land development offset zones, and potential set-aside areas for future protection.

Presenter: Gregg Verutes and Jane Glavan, Stanford University

Heavy Metal Mining and the Potential Contamination of Sensitive Marine Habitats in Coastal Alaska

Alaska has a thriving mining industry that supplies many commodities to industry. Elements such as mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium are among those mined in Alaska that have a direct impact on marine life consumed by humans such as Chinook salmon. Improper disposal accounts for a proportion of those materials that become marine pollutants when they make their way into ground water and rivers leading to pristine marine environments.

Presenter: Justin Fehnrtich, Stony Brook University

Computing Risk to West Coast Intertidal Rocky Habitat due to Sea Level Rise using LiDAR Topobathy

We utilized topobathy LiDAR digital elevation models to estimate percent change in the area of rocky intertidal habitat in 10 cm increments to evaluate the potential for rocky intertidal habitats to migrate upward in response to eustatic sea level rise (SLR). Percent change in non-planimetric surface area were summarized. Our computed average risk of habitat loss of West Coast CONUS rocky intertidal habitat is low beginning at 0.4 m SLR, moderate at 0.8m SLR and high at 1.4 m SLR.

Presenter: Patrick Clinton, Henry Lee II, U.S. EPA

Participatory GIS and Flooding in Belize

PGIS provides an affordable and inclusive approach to disaster management, especially in complex ecosystems such as Hopkins, Belize. We used PGIS, sketch mapping, quantitative data, and qualitative data to create flood risk assessments and hurricane shelter site suitability plans. Our results identify potential drainage issues and culvert instabilities that can inform action for future flood mitigation.

Presenter: Sarah Kuo, Jasmine Perez, University of the Pacific