Amanda Watson's News and Views (8)

Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment Public Draft Review

COMMENT PERIOD OPEN UNTIL JULY 19, 2015

In 2012, the Gulf Coast Prairie, Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks, South Atlantic, and Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperatives initiated the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA). The GCVA is the start of an iterative process to assess the vulnerability of the multitude of ecosystems and associated species they support across the U.S. portion of the Gulf of Mexico. In light of anthropogenic stressors…

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Added by Amanda Watson on June 16, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Webinar Watch: Modeling and Abating the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Five Estuaries in the Gulf of Mexic

Laura Geselbracht of the Nature Conservancy and the mangrove team lead for the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment will be presenting a webinar on Modeling and Abating the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Five Estuaries in the Gulf of Mexico.

The webinar is Wednesday, October 1 at 3pm EDT.  The webinar link and conference line information are provided below. To learn more about the project, read the…

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Added by Amanda Watson on September 29, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments

10 Facts to Know about the GCVA

August and September have been busy months for the GCVA as we prepare to send out the Standardized Index of Vulnerability and Value Assessment (SIVVA) to habitat and species experts within the next few weeks.  Here are 10 things to know before the SIVVA launch:

  1. We are assessing the vulnerability of 4 pilot habitats: mangroves, oyster reefs, tidal emergent marsh, and barrier islands.
  2. We are assessing the vulnerability of …
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Added by Amanda Watson on September 19, 2014 at 4:06pm — No Comments

Webinar Invitation: Learn about the Standardized Index of Vulnerability and Value Assessment

The Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment will be using the Standardized Index of Vulnerability and Value Assessment (SIVVA) to evaluate habitat and species vulnerability to changing conditions across the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.  Dr. Joshua Reece, one of the SIVVA creators, is giving a presentation about the assessment tool on September 4 from 12:00-1:00pm EDT.   This is a great opportunity to learn about a new vulnerability assessment and see how it’s been applied to habitats and species in…

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Added by Amanda Watson on September 2, 2014 at 1:46pm — 1 Comment

Apply your Research and Expertise to the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment

I recently attended the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (EESLR-NGOM) workshop in Apalachicola, FL where I was introduced to the 5 year project being led by UCF and others.  The team is assessing the impacts of sea level rise and coastal storms on marshes and oyster habitats in the Northern Gulf of Mexico by developing predictive models that managers can use for long-term planning (for more information about this project visit…

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Added by Amanda Watson on July 23, 2014 at 2:26pm — No Comments

5th Annual NOAA/NGI Gulf Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop, July 14-16, 2014

The 5th Annual NOAA/NGI Gulf Hypoxia Research Coordination Workshop will be held July 14-16, 2014 at the Mississippi State Science and Technology Center at Stennis Space Center, MS.  This year the discussion will focus on advancing ecological modeling for diversions and hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico.  See below for ways to remotely access the workshop.  For additional information, check out the agenda.

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For audio, you must dial in to the conference…

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Added by Amanda Watson on July 11, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

GCVA Update: Vulnerability Index and a Call for Team Members

On May 21 after the GOMA PIT meetings in Mobile, AL I had my second opportunity to meet face-to-face with several folks that are involved with the GCVA.  During the meeting, we put together a timeline of tasks to accomplish over the next 3 months.  The most immediate task is creating/adapting vulnerability indices to be used for the assessment.  These indices will be used by our Ecosystem and Species Expert Teams to assess the vulnerability of species, habitats, and socio-economic attributes…

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Added by Amanda Watson on May 28, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

New Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment Coordinator

 Hi PF LCC! 

My name is Amanda Watson, and I am the new Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) coordinator. I somehow overlooked the fact that I can post things onto this website, so I'm sorry that I'm just sharing this information with you.  Before I provide new details on the GCVA, let me introduce myself.  I was born and raised in New Orleans and am excited to be working along the Gulf Coast where I have such great memories.  I attended college at Mississippi State where I…

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Added by Amanda Watson on May 27, 2014 at 3:18pm — No Comments

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