Coastal Training Program

The Coastal Training Program (CTP) provides science-based information, tools and skills to regional and local decision-makers to assist them in better managing coastal resources throughout Massachusetts. The intent of the program is to bring science to bear on real-world coastal problems and help develop solutions. The CTP links with and supports other core program areas within the Waquoit Bay Reserve by serving as a conduit for research translation and a catalyst for better coastal stewardship throughout the region.

coastal training

The Coastal Training Program is a national initiative administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NOAA/NERRS). Its purpose is to provide training and technical assistance for coastal decision-makers that fosters sound science-based coastal management. The CTP model is implemented in most of the twenty-eight Research Reserves around the country. While the programs share common goals, each is distinct and has unique dimensions determined by regional and local concerns and the priority coastal issues of the biogeographical region.

In Massachusetts the CTP was launched in 2002 building upon a long history of successful coastal decision-maker workshops offered on a variety of topics by the Waquoit Bay Reserve, the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM), and the Woods Hole Sea Grant Program. In preparation for initiating the program, a market analysis of existing training providers and programs available in the state was conducted in order to determine gaps in training and ascertain where the CTP should focus its efforts. The market analysis also identified opportunities for collaboration with other training providers within the state. In addition, formal assessments were conducted to identify needs of various audiences. These foundational studies helped to inform the structure and priorities of the program.

Sea Level Rise: Developing Planning & Decision Support Tools to Meet Local Needs

Sea Level Rise, Storms and Cape Cod

Developing Planning and Decision-Support Tools to Meet Local Needs

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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Target Audience: Regional and municipal planners & GIS staff; Emergency and floodplain managers; DPW staff, natural resource managers & conservation agents; Local Boards (planning, conservation, emergency management); Environmental organizations; State agency staff and local technical experts; Town administrators and selectmen

HurricaneDescription: This workshop will focus on examining existing web-based mapping and visualization tools that can inform local planning and emergency response efforts and ways to enhance their utility.  It will incorporate tools and planning processes that are being effectively used in New Jersey communities affected by Super Storm Sandy to strengthen resiliency planning and identify elements that may be transferable to Cape Cod.  Through a blend of presentations, interactive demonstration, and discussion, the workshop will allow participants to contribute concrete ideas on ways to enhance mapping tools to make them as useful as possible to local decision-makers. Recognizing that mapping tools on their own are insufficient to achieve resiliency goals, the workshop will also provide a forum to highlight opportunities and collaborative action necessary to continue making progress towards a more resilient Cape Cod.

Snow Date: Friday, March 13, 2015

Price: Free Event

Date: 03/12/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Sea Level Rise: Engaging the Community in Planning

Sea Level Rise, Storms and Cape Cod

Engaging the Community in Planning: How Can it Be Done and What Has Been Proven to Work?

Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Target Audience: Regional and municipal planners & GIS staff; Emergency and floodplain managers; DPW staff, natural resource managers & conservation agents; Local Boards (planning, conservation, emergency management); Environmental organizations; State agency staff and local technical experts; Town administrators and selectmen

CTPDescription: Engaging the community is a key component in planning for coastal hazards and requires a thoughtful strategic approach to be effective.  This workshop will present a variety of strategies that have been successfully utilized in New England and Florida-based projects where towns and organizations were able to make tremendous progress despite challenging beginnings.  It will demonstrate how to use a structured collaborative process to build community support and identify techniques and lessons that may be applied on Cape Cod.  The workshop will also present a guidebook and other great resources that local officials and organizations can utilize going forward.
Snow Date: Friday, March 20, 2015

 

Price: Free Event

Date: 03/19/2015

Address:
Waquoit Bay Reserve
131 Waquoit Highway/Route 28
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Coastal Blue Carbon: New Guidance & Tools for Coastal Managers and Policymakers

Coastal Blue Carbon: New Guidance & Tools for Coastal Managers and Policymakers

Results of the Bringing Wetlands to Market Project and Implications for Wetlands Conservation and Restoration in New England and Beyond

Bringing Wetlands to Market is a four year project at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve that examined the relationship between salt marshes, climate BWM-LogoBWM_Topic Highlightschange, and nitrogen pollution. The Project used cutting edge science to quantify greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in coastal wetlands and predict greenhouse gas fluxes across a range of environmental settings. The project also elevated understanding about the importance of blue carbon and developed new tools and
resources to enable coastal managers and policymakers to leverage blue carbon to achieve broader wetlands management, restoration, and conservation goals.

Audience: Individuals and organization working on wetlands conservation and restoration; climate mitigation and adaptation; and coastal water quality including:

  • Federal, state & local officials and policymakers
  • Wetlands restoration managers & project developers
  • Conservation organizations
  • Natural resource & land managers
  • Conservation Commissions
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Interested public

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Price: Free Event

Date: 05/12/2015

Address:
The Conference Center at Massasoit Community College
770 Crescent Street
Brockton, MA
02302-3996 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited