CSO Webinars

Digital Coast Resources for Coastal Mangers Webinar Series

There are many tools, data sets, and training resources to inform management of the nation’s coasts. Knowing where to find these resources and how to use them can be overwhelming, but thanks to NOAA’s Digital Coast, coastal managers have a virtual one-stop shop designed to connect you to relevant resources with ease.

Brought to you by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and the Coastal States Organization, this webinar series will help connect coastal managers to relevant Digital Coast tools, data, and training.


Part 1: Introduction to Digital Coast and Natural Infrastructure Tools, Data, and Training (December 4, 2018)

The first webinar was hosted by Kristin Ransom, Coastal Management Specialist at NOAA Office for Coastal Management. This webinar was designed to help coastal managers understand what can be found on the Digital Coast, provide tips for navigating the website, and demonstrate how Digital Coast tools, resources, and training can be used to explore a specific topic, using natural infrastructure as an example.

Part 2: Seven Best Practices for Risk Communication (February 7, 2019)

The second webinar featured the interactive Seven Best Practices for Risk Communications training. During this training, participants learned how to effectively communicate about the risks of weather and climate hazards through real-world examples from their trainers (Stephanie Fauver, Meteorologist at NOAA OCM and Tashya Allen, Hazards Specialist at the Baldwin Group) and peers. 

Part 3: Introduction to Socioeconomic and ENOW Data, Tools, and Training (February 25, 2019)

The third webinar provided participants with a primer on Digital Coast tools,  datasets, and trainings that can be used to better understand the economic impacts of our oceans and coasts. By the end of this webinar, participants learned where to find economic and socioeconomic data on Digital Coast, what tools are available to understand the economic impacts of ocean and coastal resources, and how to get access to additional training on these topics.

Part 4: CZMA 101 – Resources for Recent Hires and Other CZM Program Newcomers (April 2, 2019)

The fourth webinar provided participants with an introduction to the CZMA. Specifically, participants learned: how the CZMA connects to and supports the daily work of a state coastal management program, how they connect to a broader network of coastal management programs and peers across the country, how to find and use the CZMA 101 learning modules, and who to contact in OCM for help with CZMA related-questions.

Part 5: Introduction to a Framework for Ecosystem Services Projects (May 28, 2019)

Many coastal managers are interested in integrating information on the benefits that ecosystems provide into management decisions, yet are unsure of where to begin. To address this need, NOAA developed a new training designed to introduce participants to a framework for incorporating ecosystem services considerations into projects.

During this webinar, participants were introduced to some foundational concepts and terminology, got an overview of the training, learned how others have integrated ecosystem services considerations into their projects, and more!

Part 6: Using Flood Exposure Maps (October 29, 2019)

During the sixth webinar participants heard from an experienced practitioner who shared lessons learned and specific techniques for using coastal hazard maps to get stakeholders talking about and building coastal resilience. Liz Lasicki (NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management) interviewed our guest speaker, Scudder Mackey (OH Coastal Management Program), and moderated questions and answers during the event.

Part 7: Fostering Behavior Change for Coastal Management: An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing (January 23, 2020)

During the seventh webinar, participants learned about a five-step approach and set of tools (commitment, prompts, norms, communication, and incentives) that can be used to elicit behavior change and reduce environmental problems.

Peer-to-Peer Webinar Series: Maximizing Your Resilience Potential

Coastal management programs and research reserves often have to juggle planning for projects, searching for funding, engaging with stakeholders, working on climate preparedness efforts and more, all at the same time. Knowing which FEMA and NOAA resources to use can feel complicated and overwhelming. Let us help lessen the burden and teach you the ropes!

Brought to you by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management and the Coastal States Organization, this three-part webinar series on Maximizing Your Resilience Potential will help  coastal professionals work better with state and federal counterparts on hazard mitigation.

Part 1: Schmooze with a SHMO (August 21, 2018)

The first session included a discussion of on-the-ground experience building interagency relationships from Bobbak Talebi, CZM Planner, Washington Coastal Management Program, and Lisa Auermuller, Watershed Coordinator, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, an interview with Oregon State Hazard Mitigation Officer Angie Lane by Meg Reed, Coastal Shores Specialist, Oregon Coastal Management Program, and a briefing on FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance by Brenna Humphrey, Hazard Mitigation Grants Management Specialist, FEMA Region X.

Part 2: Putting Partnerships into Practice (October 3, 2018)

The second session hosted a peer-to-peer knowledge exchange focused on stories of successful collaborations between coastal programs and their state hazards programs and FEMA counterparts. Presenters included Kate Angel, Coastal Hazards Coordinator, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Adam Bechle, Coastal Resilience Outreach Specialist, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program / University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, and Mike Shelton, Training Program Coordinator, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Part 3: FEMA Funding Opportunities – Ask the Experts! (November 15, 2018)

The third session provided a clinic on FEMA funding opportunities and the application process under HMA grants, Cooperating Technical Partnerships, and FEMA Public Assistance. Presenters included Lisa Auermuller, Assistant Manager, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, Mary Small, Deputy Executive Officer, California State Coastal Conservancy, Brandon Sweezea, Hazard Mitigation Program Specialist, FEMA, and Brenna Humphrey, Hazard Mitigation Grants Management Specialist, FEMA Region X.