The SWS 2017 Annual Meeting offers unique workshops for participants to dive into current hot topics and may be applicable towards the Professional Certification Program. The variety of workshops will allow you to dig deeper into your specialization, learn and apply new methodologies, and discover ideas that pique your curiosity during your time in San Juan. Registration for all workshops is limited. All workshops will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017. 

Collaborative Caribbean Mangrove Wetland Management Plan Development

In this workshop, learn about the development of collaborative mangrove wetland management plans with respect to Ramsar and other Caribbean region guidance. The workshop will focus on the respective roles of community based organizations, regional and international NGOs plus government in development of wetland management plans including mangrove restoration. Case studies of management issues from Rio Lagartes Mexico and Mankote Mangrove St. Lucia (Smardon 2009) will be presented and discussed as well as sustainability criteria for successful wetland management. Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to break into groups to develop model collaborative wetland management plans and processes appropriate for a Caribbean context.

This workshop will be presented by Dr. Richard Smardon, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Kaira Fuentes, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions/Environmental Finance Center.

Registration Fee: $50
Time: 11:35am-1:00pm

Remote Sensing Applications for Wetland Inventories

Coastal wetlands hold tremendous economic, recreational and commercial value. These systems are highly sensitive to changes in salinity and hydrology that are brought upon by sea level rise, saltwater intrusion and human manipulation. Remote sensing is an effective tool to monitor changes to wetland ecosystems and model ecosystem structural and functional parameters. In this workshop, participants will exchange information about the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of remote sensing applications to estimate wetland biomass and discuss the design of mangrove forest inventories using remote sensing products. In particular, the workshop will focus on emerging high-resolution radar and optical techniques that can accurately estimate forest structure and be in stratified sampling protocols. Topics covered in this workshop include: (1) Land cover and land cover change, (2) canopy height and terrain modeling, (3) stand age and growth rates, (4) biomass and carbon modeling and (5) forest inventory design.

This workshop will be presented by Temilola Fatoyinbo, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and David Lagomasino, Universities Space Research Association/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. 

Registration Fee: $50
Time: 11:35am-1:00pm