Tools for evaluating tradeoffs inherent in marine ecosystem-based management: a perspective from the West Coast (Ecosystem Based Management/EBFM seminar series). Presenter: Isaac Kaplan, Research Fishery Biologist, NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). Summary: Isaac Kaplan discussed tools in use on the West Coast
to assess several core tradeoffs inherent in ecosystem-based marine
management. These include 1) tradeoffs between recovering marine mammal
populations and protected or harvested fish stocks 2) harvest of forage
fish that also sustain predator populations 3) energy development that
excludes some types of fishing 4) global scale decisions about
business-as-usual CO2 emissions versus local effects on fisheries. The
case studies emphasize the need for collaborative interdisciplinary
efforts that apply a suite of modeling approaches, with rapid deployment
of simple models that can identify data gaps and inform more detailed
(January 10, 2018) PDF and MP4
Coffee and Questions in the Library with a Knowledge Workshop on Journals. Event Hosts: Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services; Bibliometrics Librarian, Jamie Roberts; and ILL Librarian: Hope Shinn. Summary: NOAA employees were invited to stop in for
coffee, snacks, and an introduction to the resources and services of the
NOAA Central Library and a Knowledge Workshop on Journals. Coffee
was provided to in-person attendees.
(January 16, 2018). Coffee & Questions PDF and MP4 (recording is from December 2017); Knowledge Workshop on Journals MP4
Crustacean contagion: an abundance of blue crab virus. Presenter: Dr. Eric J. Schott, Assistant Research
Professor, Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology, University
of Maryland Center for Environment Science, Baltimore, MD.
Summary: The blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, is a
crucial benthic-pelagic link in Atlantic estuarine ecosystems from Nova
Scotia to Argentina. In the US, it supports a $160 million fishery.
Across their range, blue crabs are infected by a pathogenic reovirus,
termed CsRV1 (C. sapidus reovirus 1). In the USA, blue crabs are used to
produce soft crabs, a value added product created by holding pre-molt
crabs in short term aquaculture until ecdysis. There is concern that aquaculture
effluents and millions of discarded CsRV1-infected crabs pose an
infection risk to wild crab populations in estuaries surrounding large
shedding facilities. To assess whether flow through shedding increases
CsRV1 infection risk among wild crabs in the vicinity, we measured CsRV1
prevalence in crabs collected by scientific trawls both near to and far
from active flow-through shedding aquaculture.
(January 17, 2018). MP4
Impacts of wintering redhead ducks (Athya americana) on seagrasses in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Speaker: Maddie Kennedy, M.S., University of South Alabama/2017 John Knauss Fellow, Coastal Resilient Analyst National Sea Grant Office. Summary: While
it has been well established that waterfowl can sometimes control the
distribution and abundance of seagrasses, relatively little is known
about their effects in the northern Gulf of Mexico (nGOM). We measured
the impact of redhead duck (Athya americana) foraging on mixed shoal grass (Halodule wrightii) and widgeon grass (Ruppia maritima)
beds using caging experiments (1.5x1.5m) at three locations in the
nGOM. Time-lapse photography provided estimates of the abundance and
feeding activities of the birds.
(January 18, 2018) PDF and MP4
Inland and Marine Fisheries Investment and Economic Impact in North America. Speaker: Emily E. Argo, 2017 Knauss Fellow, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center, USGS. Summary: We developed a proof-of-concept method focusing on data from the United
States and Canada. This work will use data on the economic impact of
commercial and recreational fisheries and employees allocated to
fisheries management at the State and Federal level to evaluate
investment relative to economic impact. Having a clear understanding of
the current investment and relative value of these resources to society
could help inform improved resource allocation and policy development
for managing and conserving fisheries.
(January 18, 2018). PDF and MP4
Planning for a Biogeochemical-Argo profiling float array: Results from the SOCCOM array and future goals. Presenter: Ken Johnson, Senior Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Summary: Biogeochemical-Argo is the
extension of the Argo array of profiling floats to include floats that
are equipped with biogeochemical sensors for pH, oxygen, nitrate,
chlorophyll, suspended particles, and downwelling irradiance. The
Southern Ocean Carbon and Climate Observations and Modeling (SOCCOM)
program, with NSF, NOAA, and NASA support, has targeted 200 profiling
floats with oxygen, nitrate, pH and bio-optical sensors in the poorly
observed regions from 30°S down to areas with seasonal ice coverage as
far as 75°S. Computer and statistical models indicate that a global
array of 1000 biogeochemical floats will provide a transformative impact
on our knowledge of oceanic biogeochemical cycles, including carbon,
nitrogen and oxygen. With nearly 100 floats now operating in the SOCCOM
array, we have achieved 1/10 of the global target.
(January 31, 2018). PDF and MP4 (includes presenter's webcam)
Coffee and Questions in the Library. Event Hosts: Trevor Riley, Head of Public Services; Bibliometrics Librarian, Jamie Roberts; and ILL Librarian: Hope Shinn. Summary: NOAA employees were invited to stop in for coffee, snacks, and an introduction to the resources and services of the NOAA Central Library and a Knowledge Workshop on Journals. Coffee was provided to in-person attendees. (February 8, 2018). Coffee & Questions PDF and MP4
"Second launch" of the Coast & Geodetic Survey Ship Pathfinder! A NOAA Heritage Week event unveiled a recently restored painting of the famous ship. Distinguished Guests and Speakers: RDML Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., RDML Shepard Smith, Director, Coast Survey, and Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator, OAR. Event Sponsors: National Ocean Service; Office of the Coast Survey; NOAA Central Library; NOAA Preserve America Initiative; U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Heritage Society. (February 9, 2018) PDF and MP4 and check out our Pathfinder Facebook album and the Read more about the Pathfinder on the Pathfinder website.
Process studies to quantify ecosystem dynamics and inform EBFM in the central California Current. Presenter: Brian Wells, NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Summary: Brian Wells will describe the large- and
regional-scale environmental conditions of the Pacific Ocean Basin and
California Current shelf ecosystem that relate to forage, Chinook salmon
(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and seabird productivity in central
California. This information can be used to parameterize ecosystem
models and evaluate likely outcomes of ecosystem management options,
including considerations of three fishery resources and recovering
seabird populations. Wells will put the work in the context of the EBFM
priorities. Join us for the webinar on
Wednesday, Feburary 14, 2018 at 3PM EST. Register for the EBFM webinar series. Brian Wells is presenting remotely, but you are welcome to follow along with us in the Brown Bag area of the Library. PDF and MP4
NOAA Institutional Repository Seminar: 508 Compliance. Presenters: Jennifer Fagan-Fry, MLIS and Sarah Davis, MLS, NOAA Central Library. Summary: Welcome to NOAA's Institutional Repository Seminar Series! Each bimonthly NOAA IR seminar will be on a topic related to the NOAA IR. Registering for this seminar will provide you access to the full series of seminars. February 2018's topic is Section 508 Compliance. NOAA's Institutional Repository (NOAA IR) provides long-term public access to NOAA publications and articles. Join us in the library on Tuesday, February 20th at 2PM EST or Register for the NOAA Institutional Repository Seminar Series to learn more about recent developments in the NOAA IR and with the submission process as well as information about Section 508 compliance. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.
Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report. Presenter: Philip Schneider, National Institute of Building Sciences. Abstract [Excerpt]: More than a decade after releasing its original report on mitigation,
the National Institute of Building Sciences issued Natural Hazard
Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report. The 2017 Interim Report
highlights the benefits of two mitigation strategies.The Institute's
project team looked at the results of 23 years of federally funded
mitigation grants provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and found mitigation
funding can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs, for every $1
spent on hazard mitigation. In addition, the project team looked at
scenarios that focus on designing new buildings to exceed provisions of
the 2015 model building codes. The 2017 Interim Report demonstrates that
investing in hazard mitigation measures to exceed select requirements
of the 2015 International Codes (I-Codes), the model building codes
developed by the International Code Council (ICC), can save the nation
$4 for every $1 spent. Join us
Thursday, Feburary 22, 2018 at 11AM EST. If you are located outside of Silver Spring, please Register for the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves webinar.
Section 508 Compliance Training. Speakers: Bruce Bailey and Timothy Creagan, US Access Board Staff members. Join us in the Library on Thursday, March 8th at 2PM EST or Register for the Section 508 Compliance Training Webinar.
Database Training: Westlaw for NOAA. Presenters: Westlaw representatives from Thomson Reuters. Summary: Learn how to best utilize Westlaw in your work at NOAA. Register now for the Westlaw Webinar and be notified when the training date is selected.