International

ICAN is a project of UNESCO IOC´s IODE Programme, and ICAN members seek to play a leadership role in forging international collaborations of value to the participating nations, thereby optimizing regional governance in coastal zone management and marine spatial planning.

Coastal

We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Some 37 per cent of the world's population lives within 100 km of the coast. (UNEP)

Atlas

CWAs are "...collections of digital maps and datasets with supplementary tables, illustrations, & information that systematically illustrate the coast, oftentimes with cartographic & decision support tools, all of which are accessible via the Internet."  O'Dea et al., 2007

Network

Membership in ICAN is open to all interested parties who agree to the mission & objectives of ICAN, including those with an operational coastal web atlas, as well as those hoping to design and build a coastal web atlas in the future.
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EBM Tools Network releases Free Guide to Coastal Climate Planning Tools

Arlington, Virginia (March 14, 2013)—The potential impacts of climate change are already influencing the choices that coastal communities, resource managers, and conservation practitioners are making for ecosystems and infrastructure. To help planners and managers prepare for the far-reaching effects of these changes, the EBM Tools Network today released a free publication, Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning: A guide for selecting tools to assist with ecosystem-based climate planning.

The guide is designed to assist practitioners responsible for understanding and preparing for climate-related effects. By focusing on software and web-based applications that leverage geospatial information, Tools for Coastal Adaptation Planning will help these professionals account for the health and well-being of ecosystems and human communities in projects and plans.

The guide targets practitioners and decision makers involved in conservation, local planning, and the management of coastal zones, natural resources, protected areas, habitat, and watersheds in the coastal United States including the Great Lakes. In addition to detailed information about a key collection of visualization, modeling, and decision support tools, Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning offers instructive case studies about how other professionals have successfully applied the tools in a several coastal communities in the United States. Professionals from inland and international regions will also benefit from the guide’s tool information and lessons.
Funded with the support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment, Tools for Coastal Climate Adaptation Planning can be downloaded for free at www.natureserve.org/climatetoolsguide
 

Examples of Atlases for UN Sustainable Development Goals

Andy Sherin
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Several on-line atlases have been developed that are relevant to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Three are highlighted here. Please send examples of other SDG relevant atlases to Andy at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. for future articles.

Protected Planet

SDG Goal 14.5

SDG Goal 14 iconSDG Goal 14.5 states “By 2020, conserve at least 10 percent of the coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information”.

Learn more about SDG 14 here

Protected Planet is a publically available online platform where users can discover terrestrial and marine protected areas, access related statistics and download data from the World Database on Protected Areas. It is updated monthly and is managed by the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre with support from IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas.

Protected Planet provides data in several formats, supports an API and an ESRI Map Service.

Figure 1: Sample map showing marine protected areas and statistics from the protectedplanet.net website

Figure 1: Sample map showing marine protected areas and statistics from the protectedplanet.net website


World Bank Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Goal 14.3

SDG Goal 14 iconSDG Goal 14.3 states “Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels”

Learn more about SDG 14 here

The 2018 World Bank Atlas of  Sustainable Development Goals has over 180 maps and charts showing the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs. The Atlas has annotated data visualizations, which can be reproducibly built form source code and data. The Atlas can be viewed online, download the PDF publication, and access the data and source code behind the figures.

Figure 2: Maps of the impact of ocean acidification on organisms in 2018 and projected for 2100</strong><br /><strong>in a high emission scenario from the 2018 World Bank Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals

Figure 2: Maps of the impact of ocean acidification on organisms in 2018 and projected for 2100
in a high emission scenario from the 2018 World Bank Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals


Canadian Climate Atlas

SDG Goal 13.1

SDG Goal 13 iconSDG Goal 13.1 states “Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural disasters in all countries”.

Learn more about SDG 13 here

Environment and Climate Change Canada  has released the climateatlas.ca that allows the user to interactively compare present conditions to future conditions for several significant climate parameters. The atlas doesn`t yet show ocean related  parameters. Hopefully that will change in the near future. Shown in Figure 3 are two maps showing the present day frequency of very hot days (> 30 ° ) in Canada compared to predictions for the period 2051-2080 for a high GHG emissions scenario.

 

Figure3: Example map from Canada’s Climate Atlas website showing predicted differences between present day frequency of very hot days (top) and the frequency of very hot days in the period 2051-2080 assuming a high GHG emission scenario


Para nuestras Costas

Vol, 8, Nr 2 - Now Available!

We are now entering our 9th year publishing the ICAN newsletter. Many thanks to our Editor Andy Sherin!

Please consider preparing an article for the next newsletter that will likely be published in the spring of this year.

Happy New Year!

Photos from CoastGIS 2018

Our friends from CoastGIS 2018 have posted a wonderful gallery of photos, including the recent ICAN mini-workshop:

See how many ICAN members you can spot!