Virtual Workshop CMEP: Advanced scientific techniques to inform integrated coastal zone management Sessions

Virtual Workshop CMEP:

Advanced Scientific Techniques to Inform Integrated Coastal Zone Management

Hosted by the National Oceanography Centre

 15 - 26 March 2021

Details and Dates of Sessions

There will be a 3-hour session between 15:00 & 18:00 GMT each day, except 18/03/21

1) Ocean science for sustainable development

Monday, 15 March 2021 (15:00-18:00 GMT) Facilitator: Dr Sara Fowell

Commencing with opening address by Professor Ed Hill, CBE, National Oceanography Centre Chief Executive.

Session 1: We will open the workshop by providing an overview of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The Ocean Decade will provide a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for nations to work together to generate the global ocean science needed to support the sustainable development of our shared ocean.

Session 2: An introduction to sustained ocean observations and Essential Ocean Variables as a system to improve scientific knowledge about the ocean climate and ecosystems, human impact, and human vulnerability.


2) Monitoring Ocean Acidification – part 1 Sensor set up and maintenance

Tuesday, 16 March 2021 (15:00-18:00 GMT) Facilitators: Dr Sara Fowell & Dr Socratis Loucaides

Session 1: Overview of how to assemble and connect Ocean Acidification monitoring equipment. The focus will be on pH sensor connectivity, downloading the data files, and familiarising yourself with the suite of cables.

Session 2: Introduction to pH sensor maintenance and troubleshooting including sensor cleaning, flushing, and priming. Followed by an open discussion to share ideas on how to protect the telemetry cable during deployment.


3) Monitoring Ocean Acidification – part 2 Sensor data processing

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 (15:00-18:00 GMT) Facilitators: Dr Socratis Loucaides, Sarah Cryer

Session 1: We will demonstrate how to process, quality control and analyse the data collected by the pH and CTDO sensors. We will also give you some recommendations on how to present your data when writing reports.

Session 2: We will present some of the data collected from CMEP OA Kits so far and discuss how this data has been used to identify drivers of pH on Barrier Reefs.


4) Marine Survey Tools for Habitat Mapping, and Geo-spatial Modelling, and Tailor-made tools for marine data analysis

Friday, 19 March 2021 (15:00-18:00 GMT) Facilitators: Dr James Strong, Dr Tim Le Bas

Session 1: An overview of the habitat map production process (from survey techniques, data processing and to map production).  For those new to the topic of marine habitat mapping, this presentation provides an exploration of processing and introduces the concepts explored in the following sessions.


Session 2: This session will focus on geo-statistical modelling, by describing the different families of geospatial modelling and how they can be applied to map production applications. We also touch upon some of the statistical pit-falls that often hamper or bias model outputs. Finally, we’ll discuss some of the techniques that can be used to assess the quality of the final habitat map. 


Session 3: Demonstration of tailor-made tools for marine data interrogation including data preparation and manipulation, interpretation and analysis. The tools are designed for ease of use, irrespective of operators’ knowledge levels, and will be made available to participants. The focus will be to instructing users in how to determine the strengths and limitations of their data, and include tools for Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Object Based Image Analysis, Benthic Terrain Modeller and Conservation planning.


5) Marine Survey Tools part 2 : How do you map the shallow water environments in the coastal zone? Estimating bathymetry using satellite and in-situ data within ArcMap and Google Earth Engine


Monday, 22 March 2021 (15:00-18:00 GMT) Facilitators: Dr Tim Le Bas, Stephen Carpenter

Session 1: This session will explore the use of satellite imagery to estimate water depth. We will cover how to access and download data and how to apply correction factors, such as atmospheric absorption and cloud cover.  An empirical estimation technique for depth prediction will be described and then demonstrated to create output of Satellite Derived Bathymetry.


Session 2: This session will showcase supervised classification of benthic habitats using the freely available Google Earth Engine: a powerful cloud computing tool to which holds a multi-petabyte catalogue of satellite imagery ready for rapid analysis. We will cover how to visualise, explore, process and download data within a simple supervised classification using Sentinel 2 imagery. Training and validation data will be created to carry out an accuracy assessment and quantify the performance of the classification. Would you like to interactively follow this session? Sign up to Earth Engine using the following link:


6) Caribbean-wide Hydrodynamic Modelling


Tuesday, 23 March 2021 (15:00-18:00 GMT) Facilitator: Dr Jenny Brown, Dr Amani Becker

Models are a vital resource to assess ocean processes over different time and space scales. They allow us to explore scenarios to develop an evidence base on which to make decisions about the management of coasts and oceans. Our modelling presentations will cover a description of the NOC Caribbean regional models and their capabilities for modelling tides, surges, waves, the 3D circulation, temperature and salinity to support coastal hazard and climate change management.


7) Particle Tracking applications for Sargassum and Larval Connectivity

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 (15:00-18:00 GMT) Facilitator: Dr Gaby Mayorga Adame, Dr Amani Becker

We introduce different general applications of particle tracking of interest for coastal managers like plastics, larvae, oil, and Sargassum. We will introduce the key physical processes that affect the transport of particles in the ocean and the technical aspects of how to model them. We will give a brief overview of various software tools available to perform this type of analysis and then launch into specific case studies we have developed for the Caribbean region. These are: Larval dispersal modelling and connectivity for the Eastern Caribbean/Antilles Arc and Sargassum tracking, including Caribbean-wide experiments and a pilot Sargassum forecast system in development for the coast of Belize.


8) Model outputs and case studies from the Caribbean

Thursday, 25 March 2021 (15:00-18:00 GMT) Facilitator: Dr Judith Wolf, Dr Amani Becker

Here we will present information about how to access and interrogate the regional hydrodynamic and wave models to provide information at a local scale, for various locations identified by our partners in the Caribbean Marine Economies Programme. We will demonstrate the use of the COAsT (Python) software and show how the model information may be useful to coastal managers.


9) Transforming Science into Policy

Friday, 26 March 2021 (15:00-18:00 GMT) Facilitator: Alan Evans

Session 1: Here we will present an overview of the requirements and logistics of using scientific data to design science-based marine policies. You will be guided through the differences between policy making and policy implementation, and who is responsible for these actions.

Session 2: Group-wide knowledge exchange where you will have the opportunity to present an outline of existing marine policies in your region, and/or what you would like to develop and implement in the future.