On May 21 after the GOMA PIT meetings in Mobile, AL, I had my second opportunity to meet face-to-face with several folks that are involved with the GCVA. During the meeting, we put together a timeline of tasks to accomplish over the next 3 months. The most immediate task is creating/adapting vulnerability indices to be used for the assessment. These indices will be used by our Ecosystem and Species Expert Teams to assess the vulnerability of species, habitats, and socio-economic attributes associated with oyster reefs, mangroves, emergent tidal marsh, and barrier islands to climate change, sea-level rise, and land use changes. The NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index (https://connect.natureserve.org/science/climate-change/ccvi) is a good example of a species index that could be adapted to fit the GCVA.
If you have any thoughts about an index that might work for species, habitats, or social and economic factors, I welcome the feedback. We are also looking for additional members for the Barrier Islands Team that have expertise with sea turtles and/or shorebirds. If you or anyone you know might be interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.