Cook Inlet Response Tool Training for resource managers – March 4, Homer

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(This workshop is part of the 2015 Kachemak Bay Science Symposium)

8:30am-3:30pm, Lands End Resort (4786 Homer Spit Rd)

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. For more information or to RSVP, please email Sue Saupe at

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