Project overview: Climate, sea-level rise, and urbanization are undergoing unprecedented levels of change and are expected to have large effects on natural resources - particularly along the Gulf Coast. Intentional management decisions to address these effects (i.e., adaptation) require an understanding of the relative vulnerability of various resources to these stressors. To meet this need, the four Landscape Conservation Cooperatives along the Gulf partnered with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance to conduct the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA). The GCVA uses an expert-opinion approach to qualitatively assess the vulnerability of four pilot habitat types – mangroves, oyster reefs, tidal marsh, and island beaches and dunes - as well as many of the wildlife species dependent on them. This webinar will provide an overview of the project and highlight some preliminary results.
Presenter: Amanda Watson is a research associate at Mississippi State University who left the world of weed science to study Gulf Coast ecosystems. She has been the GCVA coordinator for the past year and has a new appreciation for oyster reefs as a result!