Cook Inlet Response Tool and Data Portal

A training and feedback session

Wednesday, March 4

This training is designed for fish, wildlife and natural resource managers to become comfortable with using the Cook Inlet Response Tool (CIRT). The tool, housed within the Alaska Ocean Observing System data portal, enables users to integrate, explore and visualize over 100 individual data sets in the Cook Inlet region. Available data ranges from shoreline characteristics and imagery to real-time sensors, forecast models, geographic response strategies, and ShoreZone coastal imagery. CIRT was originally designed for oil spill and other response situations, but is also set up to support management activities at the ecosystem scale, integrating marine, human and climatological systems.

During the workshop, participants will be introduced to CIRT, browse and visualize data layers, and work through a mock planning exercise. An important part of the workshop will also be collecting feedback and recommendations from participants for future development of the tool. Top priorities will be implemented later in the year with the help of a Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership grant. As milestones are reached within other initiatives – such as baseline water quality and quantity data – CIRT offers a place to archive that data, make it publicly available, and increase its use by integrating into a system that includes multiple layers of data. 

CIRT was originally developed by collaboration between the Alaska Ocean Observing System and Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council.  Participants should bring a laptop. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (and cc This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).   


Communicating Science through Video

Thursday, March 5
 Scientists and managers alike often need to discuss complicated scientific findings in a clear, concise manner with members of the public. Videos are a tool that can aid in the effective delivery of complex concepts while engaging an audience with media-rich information. Have you wanted to use video to convey a science message but were reluctant because video making seemed difficult, time-consuming, and expensive? If so, then this workshop might be for you! Join JoAnn Mellish and Lauren Bell to learn how to deliver a compelling message using low-cost science videography. They teach time-saving tips and tricks that have developed through their own quests to balance quality communications with a busy professional schedule. 
This workshop is designed to demystify the video-making process and introduce participants to science videography using readily available and inexpensive technology. Using only their own iPhone (or a provided GoPro) participants will learn how to shoot and edit a 2-minute video about their science. Beyond the technical, the workshop will also teach the skills of video story-telling.
This workshop was originally developed and adapted from the 2013 and 2014 Alaska Marine Science Symposium’s Communicating Science workshops. Laptops with GoPro Studio encouraged for video-editing, but not necessary. For free software visit: Free refreshments provided.  For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Navigating Water and Land Use Permitting on the Kenai Peninsula

Thursday March 5
12:30-2:30 pm
More than any other state, Alaska depends on natural resources for its economic well-being. To ensure responsible resource development, Alaska needs to maintain a strong permitting system that protects our environment, enables public input and provides a timely, predictable process for applicants. With many laws and regulations governing water, riparian, and land use on the Kenai Peninsula, the permitting process can be confusing. Further, without a clear understanding of these regulations it can be difficult to recognize potential violations and guide the public to appropriate sources of information.   
This workshop trains participants to better plan for the permitting and environmental review process on the Kenai Peninsula. The workshop offers an overview of natural resource laws under the governance of the federal government, the State of Alaska, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, as well as a discussion of how to efficiently navigate the permit process. This training is intended for landowners on the Kenai Peninsula, local realtors, and other interested planning and land use decision makers.
Workshop Objectives
By attending this course, participants will improve their understanding of: 
  • Water and land use regulations for activities occurring on the Kenai Peninsula, including freshwater and coastal wetlands, streams, and tidelands; 
  • Strategies for completing a successful permitting effort within the Kenai Peninsula Borough;  
  • Mechanisms and tools available to project in general, as well as restoration projects.  
The regulations and permits for the following agencies will be discussed: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Dept of Natural Resources, Kenai Peninsula Borough, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.