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Meeting agenda

Agenda for Monday, December 8th and Tuesday, December 9th

Monday, December 8, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.







Andrew Milliken, all

10:00 a.m.

Review Agenda and Purpose of Workshop

Andrew Milliken

10:20 a.m.

Mapping and Spatial Data:  Exchange information on available tidal marsh spatial data including project locations, monitoring sites, marsh vegetation, elevation and condition, adjacent areas, and ways that information can be shared and viewed.     Brian Olsen (UMaine/SHARP)  Moderator

10:30 a.m.

Status of location data on DOI Hurricane Sandy Bureau (FWS, NPS, USGS) and NFWF projects

Lia McLaughlin (FWS)


Demonstration of available data in Arc GIS online

Nate Bush (FWS DNR)

High/low marsh mapping, RTK elevation work

Mo Correll & Brian Olsen (UMaine/SHARP)

Latest NWI Coastal Data, marsh migration zone sampling

Ralph Tiner (FWS NWI)


Coastal and adjacent data layers from Designing Sustainable Landscapes

Joanna Grand (UMass)

Locations and relationship of USGS projects

Matthew Andersen (USGS)

Discussion of additional mapping and spatial data needs, coordination and sharing


Lunch (provided)


12 noon

Physical and Geological Processes:  Describe and exchange information on  relevant existing and emerging physical and geological data and models that can inform and link to marsh assessment and response and discuss what additional physical and geological information is  available and needed.   Neil Ganju (USGS), moderator

12:45 p.m.

Sea level rise models for the North Atlantic

Radley Horton (Columbia/NECSC)

Storm surge data and models

Pete Murdoch (USGS)

Measuring sediment budgets

Neil Ganju (USGS)

Beach response models

Rob Thieler (USGS)

Discussion of additional physical and geological information needs, coordination and sharing



2:15 p.m.

Tidal Marsh Biological Response to Sea Level Rise and Storms:  Describe ongoing efforts to assess and model responses of tidal marshes to sea level rise and storms and how these approaches can inform each other, be informed by monitoring, relate to physical and geological information and guide regional marsh resiliency planning and actions.    Jim Morris (USC), moderator

2:30 p.m.

Regional Bayesian model on inundation/dynamic response

Erika Lentz (USGS)


Coupled Marsh Equilibrium Model and hydrodynamic model (ADCIRC)

Jim Morris (USC) and Scott Hagen (UCF)

Wetland stability as a function of sediment transport

Neil Ganju (USGS)

Wetland change after Hurricane Sandy

Chris Elphick & Chris Field (UConn/SHARP)

Discussion on integrating models and monitoring of tidal marshes at various scales


Tidal Marsh Obligate Species:  Exchange information on approaches to assess and model the suitability, demographics and use by tidal marsh obligate species under current conditions and projected future conditions with sea level rise, storms and development and link these efforts to geophysical and marsh response models.

Chris Elphick (UConn/SHARP) moderator

4:00 p.m.

Coastal Wetland Dynamics and Wildlife Populations (occupancy models)

Allan O’Connell (USGS)


Distribution/abundance models, Bayes Net projections under SLR, demographic data

Chris Elphick et. al (UConn/SHARP)

Landscape capability models

Bill DeLuca (UMass)

Linked sea level rise, response, habitat and species models, an example from beaches and plovers

Rob Thieler (USGS)

Discussion on integrating models and monitoring of tidal marsh obligate species at various scales



Adjourn first day/Optional Poster Session


5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 9, 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.






Coffee and Posters


7:30 a.m.

Review agenda for second day


Andrew Milliken, all

8:00 a.m.

Indices of Tidal Marsh Integrity and Resiliency:  Exchange information on approaches and indices to measure and characterize the relative tidal marsh resiliency, integrity, conservation value and identify opportunities to coordinate and integrate data development and approaches

Susan Adamowicz (FWS), moderator


8:10 a.m.

Salt Marsh Integrity Index

Susan Adamowicz (FWS)

Designing Sustainable Landscapes, Index of Ecological Integrity

Kevin McGarigal (UMass)


Resilient Coastal Landscapes

Mark Anderson (TNC)

Marsh indices and optimizing tidal marsh conservation value

Greg Shriver, Whitney Wiest (UDel/FWS/SHARP)

Discussion on common information needs, integrating approaches and optimizing monitoring to improve index results




9:40 a.m.

Tidal Marsh Resiliency Restoration Approaches:  Exchange Information on restoration/protection approaches being taken to increase resiliency of tidal marshes and adjacent uplands in the face of storms and sea level rise including: living shorelines, thin layer deposition, restoration of hydrology, invasive species control, and facilitated marsh migration.

Paul Castelli (FWS NWR), moderator


10:00 a.m.

Restoration approaches at Blackwater NWR

Matt Whitbeck (FWS NWR)

Restoration approaches in Delaware

Kevin Kalasz (DE F&W)

Restoration at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR

Paul Castelli (FWS NWR)

Tidal reconnection and other approaches in the Northeast

Jim Turek (NOAA)

Planning for marsh migration in Connecticut

Adam Whelchel (TNC)

Discussion of other restoration approaches and ways to exchange information and learn among projects



Lunch (provided)



11:30 a.m.

Common Metrics and Protocols:  Exchange information on metrics and protocols being used to measure and characterize tidal marsh condition and assess the effectiveness of marsh restoration projects in increasing resiliency of marshes and agree on common metrics to utilize across projects.

12:30 p.m.

Metrics and protocols for assessing tidal marshes in National Parks

Megan Tyrrell & Sara Stevens (NPS)

Metrics, protocols, and data management for assessing tidal marshes in National Wildlife Refuges and SHARP

Greg Shriver (UDell/SHARP), Whitney Wiest (UDel/FWS) & Kelly Chadbourne (FWS)

Department of the Interior Metrics Expert Group recommendations for common metrics

Pete Murdoch (USGS) &

Rick Bennett (FWS)

Discussion of needs, next steps and process to agree on common metrics and protocols for measuring effectiveness



2:00 p.m.

Regional Monitoring Design for Marsh Restoration and Modeling:  Discuss overall monitoring design and coverage across region and across categories needed to assess effectiveness of restoration projects, inform modeling and guide regional conservation planning

Greg Shriver (UDel/SHARP), moderator

2:15 p.m.


Summary of SHARP/FWS monitoring design for 2014

Greg Shriver & Whitney Wiest, (UDel/SHARP)

Regional monitoring designs to address larger scale questions, experience from I&M networks

Chuck Frost and Bill Thompson (FWS) & Sara Stevens, Charley Roman and Megan Tyrrell (NPS)

Discussion on how to best design monitoring to take advantage of restoration projects across the region


Delivering Coastal Resiliency Information: Discuss opportunities for making results of Hurricane Sandy projects and other coastal resiliency information available to partners including coastal states and communities. 

 Andrew Milliken (FWS/LCC), moderator

3:15 p.m.

LCC Conservation Planning Atlas

B.J. Richardson (FWS/LCC)

NOAA web tools



Adam Whelchel (TNC)

Delivery of Information through NROC (and MARCO) network

Regina Lyons (EPA/NROC)

Discussion for coordination, integration, and making information accessible across platforms and delivering through networks.


Wrap up/Next Steps


4:00 p.m.


Adjourn Workshop


4:15 p.m.

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