The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) provides a comprehensive national framework for organizing information about coasts and oceans and their living systems. This framework accommodates the physical, biological, and chemical data that collectively define coastal and marine ecosystems. The recent endorsement of CMECS by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is an important step in facilitating development of regionally consistent spatial data and integrating data derived using various technologies. While some users will employ CMECS at the outset of their projects, many others will use CMECS as the unifying framework for incorporating existing spatial data classified under other systems. To facilitate this process, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center has developed a tool that imports benthic cover data classified using the System for Classification of Habitats in Estuarine and Marine Environments (SCHEME) and produces a CMECS geodatabase as an output product. This tool functions in an ESRI environment and can be adapted to work with other classification systems. This presentation will highlight the CMECS data model and demonstrate the import tool’s functionality, describe the cross-walking process, and show how to adapt the tool to other commonly used data. Read more about CMECS
Digital Coast Webinar Series
This series introduces Digital Coast tools and data through demonstrations, case studies, and opportunities to engage with field experts and colleagues.
Recordings are posted for all webinars as soon as they are available.
EBM Tools Network Webinar: Demonstration of How to Apply CMECS to Existing Geospatial Datasets
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Presenter(s): Mark Finkbeiner and Chris Robinson
- Learn considerations for conducting crosswalks to CMECS
- Learn methods for comparing classification systems
- Learn about a proposed data structure for CMECS
- Learn how an Arc Spatial Model assists with crosswalking selected data sets
The New Digital Coast Data Registry
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Presenter(s): David Betenbaugh and Lindy Betzhold
Want one place where you can see all of the ways a data set is available through the Digital Coast? Would you like to access, download, and view data sets? Then you’re in luck! The newly released Digital Coast Data Registry is your new one-stop shop for all the data you can handle from the Digital Coast. This new resource brings together data collected by many different entities and hosted from many different places into one centralized access point. Users can filter by data theme, geography, or type of map service and then quickly access available formats for download, find and preview maps services, and link to supporting information. Join us for this webinar, and we will give you the VIP tour of the registry.
- Learn how to use the data registry to find data
- Learn about multiple formats for data access and download
- View a live demonstration of the data registry
- Learn about all the contributors to the registry, such as Office of Coast Survey, National Geodetic Survey, and National Geophysical Data Center
Note: Recording begins with webinar in progress.
CanVis: A Tool for Visualizing Coastal Changes and Potential Adaptation Strategies
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Presenter(s): Adam Bode
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” That popular phrase sums up why a photo-realistic image showing coastal change leaves a much bigger impact on an audience than simple graphs and charts. If you want to show coastal changes, not just talk about them, CanVis can help. This easy-to-use image-editing software allows users with minimal computer skills to create photo-realistic images of changes such as coastal development, sea level rise, shoreline erosion, offshore wind turbines, and many other conditions. People create CanVis simulations by using digital photographs along with CanVis’ extensive library to add buildings, infrastructure (marinas, roads, etc.), natural elements (trees, water, etc.), and many other features.
- Learn about the basics of CanVisHear how CanVis can be used to brainstorm new ideas and policies, undertake project planning, and make presentationsSee a demonstration using CanVis and its image libraries
Dive into the Data: A Virtual Intro to the Ocean and Great Lakes Economy
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Presenter(s): Jeff Adkins and Gabe Sataloff
Ever heard data tell a story before? Ever wondered how a chicken plant in Arkansas affects your local ports? Want to know about the linkages between economic data to other data sets like flood zones or ocean use patterns? This webinar will provide some general information about the Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) data set and how to apply it with other data to answer questions about natural resources in coastal areas. This presentation will walk through scenarios that feature economic issues faced by different coastal management groups from fisheries management councils to ports authorities, and introduce some basic techniques to communicate the stories found within the data. Data sets highlighted will include ENOW, Census Bureau Non-Employer Statistics, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fish Landings, and Freight Flows from the Federal Highway Administration.
- Get the basics of the ENOW data setIdentify other data sets that can be integrated with ENOW.
- See how data can be used to tell a story.
Planning for Restoration Using the Habitat Priority Planner and Spatial Analysis
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Presenter(s): Lauren Long
Time: 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time
This webinar presentation will describe how to set up a spatial analysis process to plan for habitat restoration. It will also describe how to address the management issue spatially using the NOAA Coastal Services Center’s Habitat Priority Planner tool.
- The basics of the Habitat Priority Planner.
- How to set up a spatial analysis process to plan for habitat restoration.
- How to apply the Habitat Priority Planner to identify priority areas for restoration.
Make Coastal Changes Come Alive with CanVis Visualization Software
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Presenter(s): Hansje Gold-Krueck
NOTE: This webinar will be presented in Spanish!
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” That popular phrase sums up why a photo-realistic image showing coastal change leaves a much bigger impact on an audience than simple graphs and charts. If you want to show coastal changes, not just talk about them, CanVis can help. This easy-to-use image editing software allows users with minimal computer skills to create photo-realistic images of changes such as coastal development, sea level rise, shoreline erosion, offshore wind turbines, and many other conditions. People create CanVis simulations by using digital photographs as well as CanVis’ extensive library to insert hotels, houses, marinas, and other elements.
In this webinar, participants will
- Learn how CanVis software works
- View a live demonstration of the tool
- See how others are using CanVis for community planning
Los Cambios Costeros Cobran Vida con el Software de Visualización CanVis
“Una imagen vale más que mil palabras”, Esta frase popular resume cómo una foto o imagen que muestra los cambios costeros, impacta mucho más que gráficas o diagramas. Si Usted quiere mostrar cambios en la comunidad en las zona costeras, no hable de ellos solamente, CanVis puede ayudarle. Este programa de edición de imágenes es fácil de usar y permite a los usuarios, con habilidades computacionales mínimas, crear imágenes fotográficas realistas de los cambios; como ser el desarrollo costero, el incremento del nivel del mar, la erosión costera, las turbinas de viento en el mar y muchos otros impactos. Los usuarios crean las simulaciones en CanVis usando fotografías digitales, así cómo utilizando la extensa biblioteca de objetos que provee CanVis para insertar hoteles, casas, marinas y otros elementos. Este software de visualización CanVis es gratis y esta disponible en el siguiente sitio: (http://www.csc.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/tools/canvis)
Para participar en esta conferencia, es necesario que se registre AQUÍ y recibirá un enlace que le permitirá acceder al webinar el día de la conferencia. Este enlace o liga solo funcionará el día miércoles 10 de octubre. La conexión al webinar se realizará media hora antes para permitir a los participantes evaluar sus sistemas.
Aprender cómo el software de visualización CaViz FuncionaVer una demostración en vivo de esta herramientaConocer como otros están utilizando CanViz en la planificación comunitaria
Mapping and Visualizing Sea level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts: West Coast
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Presenter(s): Douglas Marcy
It is one thing to have a discussion or write about a one- or two-foot rise in the ocean surface and the potential impacts to a local community, and it is another to show someone a map, highlighting the areas that will potentially be impacted. The ability to visualize the potential height and inland extent of water gives us a better understanding of the corresponding impacts and consequences. Over the past several years, the lessons learned from investigating pilot sea level change mapping applications have led to the development of a next generation sea level rise and coastal flooding viewer. This presentation will provide a brief history of previous sea level change visualization pilots and a detailed discussion of new methods, featuring a demonstration of the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer for the West Coast.
- The benefits of providing interactive maps online for visualizing inundation risks and potential impacts.
- New mapping techniques that incorporate high-resolution data sources.
- The methods used to develop the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer, its current status, and plans for expanding the tool to the rest of the coastal U.S.
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Presenter(s): Lindy Betzhold
The U.S. Interagency Elevation Inventory has just been completed in May 2012 and serves to display high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of NOAA and the U.S. Geological Survey, with contributions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This resource is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic data, including lidar and IfSAR, and bathymetric data, including NOAA hydrographic surveys, multibeam data, and bathymetric lidar. The information provided for each elevation dataset includes many attributes such as vertical accuracy, point spacing, and date of collection. Also provided are a point of contact for the data and a direct link to access the data, if available.
- Find the location of existing high-resolution elevation data (lidar, IfSA R, bathymetry, etc.).
- Locate critical information about datasets.
- Print data reports for a particular location.
The Social Coast – Social Science, Simply Explained and Applied
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Presenter(s): Susan Fox and Tricia Ryan
The Social Coast website provides data, tools, training, and stories on one of the most important aspects of coastal management—the people. The Social Coast filters out the relevant demographic and economic data sets available through the Digital Coast, provides examples of how to use them, and demonstrates their benefits. These data narrow in on the coastal components of a broad range of demographic and economic data sets from agencies such as the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and others. This webinar will provide a guided tour of the new resource and provide real-world success stories on using demographic and economic data in coastal management.
- Explore the Social Coast website.
- Learn about the different demographic and economic data sets and some specific tools that have already incorporated these data for easy-to-use exploration.
- Hear about how these data sets have been used to address coastal issues.
Locating Offshore Wind Energy Sites Using the Habitat Priority Planner
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Presenter(s): Chrissa Waite
This webinar presentation will provide an example of how to use spatial analysis and a decision support tool to help locate appropriate sites for offshore wind energy infrastructure. It will describe the functionality of the Habitat Priority Planner tool, and provide resources useful for offshore planning.
- The basics of the Habitat Priority Planner ArcGIS extension.
- How to set up a spatial analysis process to address an ocean planning issue.
- How to apply the Habitat Priority Planner to identify compatible sites for offshore wind energy infrastructure.