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Conference 2/5-8: 2018 Social Coast Forum

Monday, February 5, 2018 – Thursday, February 8, 2018


Abt Associates is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Social Coast Forum, hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA). The theme of this year's forum is Social Science for Coastal Decision-Making. The forum brings together experts from state agencies, federal offices, nonprofits, and the private sector to share knowledge and best practices related to using social science tools and methods to address the nation's coastal issues. 

Abt staff will share insights during the following session:

Session: Measuring Ecosystem Services Management
Ecosystem Services and Natural Infrastructure Performance Metrics: Development and Monitoring Results
Thursday, Feb.8, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. | Carolina A
Presented by: Susan Taylor, Abt Associates; Kim Penn, NOAA / Office for Coastal Management; Dr. Rick Bennett, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Pete Murdoch, U.S. Geological Survey; Dr. Bhaskar Subramanian, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

NOAA staff will be hosting a discussion on a task order that Abt Associates is currently supporting. This session at the Forum is focused on discussing data sources, challenges, and means to operationalize socioeconomic indicators.

Tackle-the-Issue Facilitated Discussion: Developing Socioeconomic Indicators: A Monitoring Baseline of Communities near Coral Reefs
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. | Calhoun
Presented by: Peter Edwards and Arielle Levine, The Baldwin Group at NOAA Office for Coastal Management, Coral Reef Conservation Program; Jarrod Loerzel and Matthew Gorstein, JHT at NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Hollings Marine Laboratory

Stop by Abt's booth to speak with our experts.

When: Feb. 5-8, 2018

Where: Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, South Carolina

For more information, visit the conference website.

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