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January 28, 2013

Dorchester County citizens concerned about Chesapeake Bay

I attended the 6th Annual Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth meeting at the Dorchester County Historical Society on January 27. It was a good gathering of people who live on or near the streams, rivers and Chesapeake Bay of Dorchester County. Dorchester County has a lot of wetlands and streams, with abundant wildlife. The event […]

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January 22, 2013

“Raising the bar” vs. “Dumbing it down” for science communication

We have long advocated “Raising the bar” for science communication products. We feel that complex ideas can be effectively communicated, as long as the language and visualizations are clear, concise and concrete. The communication specialists often advocate “Dumbing it down”, reducing the complex to very simplistic terms, glossing over any complexities to form ‘sound bites’. […]

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January 14, 2013

Kayak and R/V Rachel Carson sampling reveals nutrient sources for Chincoteague Bay

We held a Maryland Coastal Bays Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) meeting at Horn Point Laboratory this past week. We had several notable scientific findings revealed at this STAC meeting. One of the pressing environmental issues that we have struggled with over the past several years has been the somewhat inexplicable degradation in water […]

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January 9, 2013

Discussion following Michael Douglas seminar on Northern Australia and Chesapeake Bay: Worlds apart, similar challenges?

This blog details the question and answer period from the seminar given by Michael Douglas of the Charles Darwin University, at the IAN Seminar Series on September 27, 2012. What is being done to prepare for the projected 7mm sea level rise per year? People are very concerned about the floodplain areas. There are many […]

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Establishing a Darwin-IAN approach: Charles Darwin University and the Integration and Application Network

We said good-bye to Drs. Michael Douglas (‘Dougo’) and Samantha Setterfield (‘Sam’) from Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia last week. Dougo and Sam joined the Integration and Application Network in August 2012 as part of their sabbatical. Dougo was in the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar and he and Sam spent a […]

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January 3, 2013

Ending a NOAA partnership and beginning a new EcoCheck chapter

EcoCheck was formed in 2004 as a partnership between the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It was created by Drs. Bill Dennison (UMCES) and Bob Wood (NOAA) to develop ecological forecasting and environmental reporting capacity in the Chesapeake Bay. The original staff were recruited […]

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January 2, 2013

International RiverFoundation remarks

One of my favorite things to do in the world is to share these stories of people on convergent journeys, journeys like the one you are on with the Willamette River. The International RiverFoundation (IRF) promotes river restoration, protection and sustainable management of rivers and watersheds. Our vision is a world in which the rivers […]

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