VBMB Training Workshop
Following initial testing and modifications to VBMB, a day-long training workshop for beach managers was held on April 30 in Mequon, Wisconsin. Hosted by the Concordia University Center for Environmental Stewardship, the workshop helped identify the most effective training activities and materials, while generating additional feedback for software developers and laying the groundwork for a wider technology transfer. Following the training, nearly all of the participants reported that they felt they could use VBMB on their own and that they understood how it could help them with their work. Based on participant comments and suggestions, a second wave of modifications was made to the software, aimed at making the real-time prediction tab easier to use in an operational setting, plus additional changes focused on overall usability/interpretability.