Monitoring and Adaptive Management - Designing and conducting a Watershed Monitoring Program

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center, S. C.,
35 Pacific Ave.
Moss Landing, CA

The two-day Watershed Monitoring and Adaptive Management Workshop will include the following topics:

Designing and Maintaining a Watershed Monitoring Program

  • What to measure and why (connecting monitoring to goals and desired outcomes, including compliance with regulation)
  • Core elements of a monitoring program
  • Overview of quality assurance methods
  • Data management and analysis
  • Communicating data and findings
  • Sustaining a monitoring program
  • Interacting with other collaborative and regulatory processes
  • Case Studies of successful monitoring programs
  • Using tools such as biotic indices, water quality, and spatial datasets and spatial decision support systems to track change

Indicator and Reporting Method Development

  • Connecting indicators to goals and objectives (desired outcomes, or desired future conditions)
  • Identifying indicators relevant to stakeholder interests
  • Collecting, analyzing, and managing data
  • Status and trend analysis
  • Interpreting and sharing results
  • Interacting with regulatory and other programs
  • Concepts and tools to build and sustain a learning organization
  • Double loop learning – managing effective projects, programs and processes for resilience and sustainability