SE CASC Researchers and Affiliates Participate in NOAA’s Social Coast Forum

Southeast CASC Researchers, Faculty Affiliates, and a former Global Change Fellow presented at this year’s NOAA Social Coast Forum, held in Charleston, SC from February 3-6, 2020. This year’s forum topic, ​Social Science for Coastal Decision-Making, explored how social science tools and methods are being used to address the nation’s coastal issues. View the final program with abstracts and presentations here. The following post includes links to the talks presented at the forum, courtesy of the NOAA Social Coast Forum website.

SE CASC NCSU Co-Investigator, Erin Seekamp – North Carolina State University
Value-based Decision Support for Adapting Vulnerable Coastal Cultural Resources
This presentation provides an overview of ongoing, collaborative efforts to create decision support for adapting cultural resources that may enhance the National Park Service’s stewardship of resources vulnerable to climate change impacts. These decision support frameworks may be applicable and transferable to other contexts such as other management agencies, land trusts, and local governments.


SE CASC Consortium PI, Lydia Olander, and SE CASC Researcher, Katie Warnell – Duke University
Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Metrics (GEMS)
This presentation discusses the GEMS project which aims to increase the consideration of socioeconomic outcomes in project planning and the inclusion of socioeconomic metrics in monitoring restoration progress by the many institutions working across the Gulf.


SE CASC Faculty Affiliates, Katherine Stevenson, Nils Peterson, K.C. Busch, Sarah Carrier, and 2018-2019 Global Change Fellow, Danielle Lawson – North Carolina State University
Youth as Community Change Agents: How Marine and Coastal Education are Shaping How Communities View Coastal Challenges
This presentation outlines the concept of intergenerational learning and highlights its effectiveness among three main applications: climate change, marine debris, and water quality.


SE CASC Researcher, Renee Collini – Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative
Show, Don’t Tell: A Short Film Series on Sea-Level Rise in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
This is the abstract for the three short videos that were presented to Northern Gulf of Mexico coastal audiences depicting what sea-level rise is, potential impacts, and what local communities are doing to address this issue.

Communicating and Understanding Ecosystem Services Data with Coastal Stakeholders: Obstacles and Opportunities
This presentation explores best practices for developing useful ecosystem services data and outputs in diverse coastal contexts with engaged stakeholders. Additionally, the presentation discusses methods to effectively communicate those results in a way that benefits the complex coupled natural and human system.

After your Tool Leaves the Nest: Assessing Online Resource Application Post-Release
This presentation discusses GulfTREE, a product released in 2018 to support the selection of climate change resilience tools at the request of stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico. Presenters reviewed the metrics utilized to assess application of Gulf TREE one year after the product’s release and provide a brief discussion on next steps, lessons learned, and opportunities to improve assessment.