CERF 2021 Workshop

The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard: A Technological Approach

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

2:45 PM – 4:45 PM ET
11:45 AM – 1:45 PM PT

Regular: $28  |  Student: $24
Maximum 25 participants.


About This Workshop

The Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) is a standardized vocabulary developed to enable consistency in the description of marine and coastal features for ecological characterization. The primary focus of this workshop will be on methods and best practices for applying the CMECS vocabularies to observational data commonly collected for ecological assessment. The workshop will include short talks designed to inform and engage the participants in group discussions, with time for participants to discuss their own projects, ask for guidance on specific use cases, and to offer suggestions to help update and improve the CMECS.


 About the Presenters

Kate Rose, MS

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Kate Rose is a Senior Research Associate with the Northern Gulf Institute at Mississippi State University, a Cooperative Institute for the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. She holds a MS in Earth and Environmental Studies with a concentration in coastal geology from the University of New Orleans, and has been working on various marine habitat mapping projects to support habitat assessment and restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico for over ten years. She is also a member of the Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification Standard (CMECS) Implementation Group and is coordinating the CMECS update process. 

Becky Allee, PhD
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Rebecca J. Allee, Ph.D. is currently a Fisheries Biologist and Senior Scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management (OCM), Gulf of Mexico region, and Senior Science Adviser for NOAA’s RESTORE Act Science Program. Dr. Allee has over twenty years of experience in ecosystem assessment and habitat characterization, with the majority of this time invested in overseeing program operations, evaluations, and policies to advance the mission, goals and objectives of various NOAA programs. She has been working specifically on environmental issues and the human dimension elements related to the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem for the past ten years.