[Coral-List] IMCC5 focus group invitation: “Indicators of climate change vulnerability: practical measures from conservation physiology for monitoring and management”

Rachel Skubel rskubel at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 16:05:17 EDT 2018

*For those of you attending or considering the International Marine
Conservation Congress (IMCC5 <https://conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc5/>, June
24-29 in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia), we hope you can join us for the focus
group “Indicators of climate change vulnerability: practical measures from
conservation physiology for monitoring and management”. Participants can
register for the focus group during conference registration
<https://conbio.org/mini-sites/imcc5/registration/register-here>), in the
‘Focus Groups’ section (id FG144). The description is below:As the impacts
of climate change in marine ecosystems become more frequent and severe,
there is a growing need for resource managers and users to monitor ongoing
impacts and plan for change. Climate change can lead to spatial shifts of
target fishery species and/or increase stress on local populations. In
turn, a socio-economic system including fishers, resource managers,
distributors, and other stakeholders may need to adapt to sustain their
activities in this changing environment.There is a growing body of climate
vulnerability assessments that take a coarse scale ‘triage’ approach, as
well as more focused studies that experimentally assess response to climate
stressors. The wide range of methodologies and indicators employed across
these assessments and studies presents a challenge in terms of finding
common ground and interoperability. Here, we will leverage a focus group to
present and discuss physiological and ecological indicators of
vulnerability to climate change in marine species and populations, and
explore practical pathways to implement these indicators in management and
monitoring. Participants are encouraged to share short case studies which
address (1) traits or results indicating vulnerability (e.g. physiological,
habitat use, life history, etc.), (2) how these findings/methods can be
used pragmatically in an assessment context to inform management
decisions/stakeholder groups, and (3) experiences in assessing climate
vulnerability or specific needs of management organizations from such
assessments. As a product from this session, participants will have the
opportunity to participate in a synthesis paper. This paper will address
indicators across the continuums of data-poor to data-rich (accessibility
and historical monitoring or study of a species/population) and
resource-poor to resource-rich (human, financial, and/or institutional
capacity for assessment), with the goal of generating strategies for
assessment techniques which meet the needs of management practitioners and
resources users.Organizer(s): Ms. Rachel Skubel, Dr. Jodie Rummer, Dr.
Bjorn IllingPlease feel free to email me with any questions.Looking forward
to your contributions,Rachel*

Rachel Skubel
Ph.D. Student
Shark Research and Conservation at the University of Miami
Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy

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