September 27, 2016

Data Visualization 101: Simple changes can make a world of difference

Holly Padgett Imagine this scenario: you check your email and see an announcement for an upcoming presentation about elk migration in the Pacific Northwest. Excitedly, you register for the event and mark it on your calendar (because who doesn’t love elk?!). On the day of the event, you show up early to get a good […]

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September 20, 2016

Story telling tools – The history of communicating well 

Melissa Merritt Have you ever wondered if there’s a secret formula for how to speak more effectively? A consistent method that can be used across the board to frame any presentation? Well the key sounds pretty simple. Tell a story. A story doesn’t sound too difficult to create. Tell a story to gain an audience’s […]

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September 13, 2016

Combating climate change in the floating city

Last month, while on vacation in Italy, I had the opportunity to visit the aptly nicknamed “floating city”, Venice. For thousands of years, life in Venice has centered around water, reliant on the sea, lagoon and canals for protection, transportation, and livelihoods, and today those waters threaten to engulf the city. During a walking tour […]

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September 6, 2016

Mekong Flooded Forest – a sneak peek at a Future Card

Future Card: a report card that forecasts future ecosystem health grades based on alternate management strategies. The holy grail right? Well hopefully. This idea of a “future card” began 18 months ago while I was attending a meeting held by the Luc Hoffman Institute in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for the LIVES’s project (Linked Indicators for […]

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September 1, 2016

Great minds get together: A day spent discussing impacts of the Susquehanna River and the “Reservoir Reach”

On Wednesday, August 24th a group of technical experts, stakeholders and communicators met at the Chesapeake Bay Program in an attempt to make some sense of the current knowledge about the influence of the Susquehanna River reservoir system on Chesapeake Bay water quality. The group that gathered in Eastport on this temperate August day was […]

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August 30, 2016

A Report Card for Coastal Yucatán

In Early August, Jane Hawkey and I traveled to Mérida and Sisal, to help initiate an ecosystem health report card for the Yucatán State coast of Mexico. We facilitated a two-day workshop with approximately 30 participants from around the State to begin the process of identifying the many values and issues important to the people […]

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August 23, 2016

Future Earth’s Coasts

I had the great opportunity to represent IAN and UMCES as the institutional representative to the Future Earth’s Coasts Scientific Steering Committee meeting in Taipei, Taiwan last week. Hosted by JC Lin at the National Taiwan University, the meeting brought together 15 representatives from all over the world to discuss the scientific direction of the […]

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August 11, 2016

Rachel Carson versus the Zombie Horde

Does Rachel Carson still have something to teach us about communicating science to the public? Silent Spring, Carson’s 1962 best-seller on the environmental perils of herbicides and pesticides, launched the movement that created the Environmental Protection Agency. But, the communications field has changed a lot in the last 50 years. The era of television came […]

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August 2, 2016

Pursuing happiness (and data integration) in Pennsylvania: the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative Retreat

On June 28th and 29th, members of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative met at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania to move forward several aspects of the project. The Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative is comprised of four groups with the goal of bringing together non-traditional and volunteer monitoring data throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and integrating the data […]

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July 26, 2016

IAN’s first report card in South America: the Orinoco River Basin

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between the World Wide Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) The Orinoco River Basin report card was released on July 6th, 2016 in Bogota, Colombia. This is the first report card in South America, and the first […]

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