May 26, 2016

How fast can you create and complete a newsletter? In Rio, you only have until tomorrow!

After our first stakeholder workshop at INEA on Monday April 25th, Bill Dennison, Dave Nemazie, and I had to prepare for our expanded workshop of 200 people on Friday April 29th, at the Museum of Tomorrow. This meeting brought together stakeholders from all around Guanabara Bay, and served to not only discuss the report card, […]

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May 24, 2016

WebStock 2016 Brings Chesapeake Bay Program Partners into the Creative Process

This month, the Chesapeake Bay Program Creative Team hosted a one-day symposium on all things web for an audience of friends and colleagues. Known as WebStock, the annual event was revitalized last spring as a way for the Creative Team to introduce others to the work they do and the methods they use to do […]

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May 19, 2016

Bem vindo ao Rio! O primeiro workshop com as partes interessadas da Baía de Guanabara

“Welcome to Rio! The Guanabara Bay first stakeholder workshop“ (Portuguese translation by João Paulo Coimbra) O Rio de Janeiro é um estado brasileiro com cidades vibrantes (incluindo a cidade de mesmo nome) vizinhas à zona costeira da Baía de Guanabara e o Oceano Atlântico. A Baía de Guanabara é um sistema intensamente degradado em virtude […]

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May 13, 2016

Welcome to Rio! The Guanabara Bay first stakeholder workshop

Rio de Janeiro is a Brazilian State with vibrant cities (including the one with the same name) along the shore of Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Guanabara Bay is highly impacted system due to a large population leading to sewage and trash pollution. The State of Rio and State of Maryland have a partnership […]

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May 11, 2016

The praxis of science visualization

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) staff recently completed teaching a new course in Science Visualization. This course was part of the Marine, Environmental and Estuarine Science program through the University System of Maryland. Praxis, the word that Aristotle used to mean “thoughtful, practical doing”, refers to the emphasis that this course had on developing […]

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May 9, 2016

Talking report cards in Kratie, Cambodia

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) In March, Simon Costanzo and I traveled to Cambodia for the third workshop in the Linked Indicators for Vital Ecosystem Services (LIVES) Project, an initiative of the […]

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May 6, 2016

Mission Aransas Pilot Project

On April 27-28 I participated in another workshop related (indirectly) to the Texas Coast Report Card Pilot Project at Harte Research Institute in Corpus Christi Texas. This time, we were tasked with integrating human well being and ecosystem services into ecosystem health assessments and decision-making for the Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). It […]

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May 4, 2016

The great equalizer: Using the web to communicate science

Throughout the semester, we have learned the importance of science visualization to communicate complex information. It is a way to give our data a voice by presenting it in an easy to digest visual format. But just having effective science communication products is not enough, the next step is to make sure that our message […]

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May 2, 2016

IAN participates in Coastal Resilience Meeting at University of Tabasco in Villahermosa, Mexico

After the first EcoHealth metrics workshop for the Texas Coast pilot project, Bill Dennison and I shared a shuttle to the airport with Porfirio Alvarez, from the University of Tabasco. We talked about the process of creating report cards and how excited we were to begin working in the Gulf of Mexico again after such […]

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April 29, 2016

The NOAA Coral Reef Report Card – Reflections on the report card process

Caroline Donovan and I facilitated a mini-workshop in Charleston, South Carolina this week to advance the NOAA Coral Reef Monitoring Program Report Card Pilot projects in American Samoa and Florida. The meeting went very well – we had some difficult things to work out, and everyone came together to do just that. Most importantly, we […]

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