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November 17, 2016

Pursuing prioritization in Pennsylvania: The magic of more monitoring

On October 13th, Caroline Donovan and I traveled to Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA for the Prioritization Workshop. This workshop was held as part of the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative (CMC) project that UMCES is a partner of as well as Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Izaak Walton League of America, and the Alliance for Aquatic […]

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November 15, 2016

Desenvolvendo a governança na Baía de Guanabara

“Growing governance in Guanabara Bay” (Portuguese translation by João Paulo Coimbra) Em 4 de Outubro, Dave Nemazie e eu viajamos para o Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, para a terceira sessão de reuniões para o desenvolvimento do Boletim de Saúde Ambiental da Baía de Guanabara. Nós apresentamos a versão preliminar do boletim e do seu respectivo […]

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November 8, 2016

Prepare, Point, Think, Shoot, Edit: How to take a great photograph

Laura Wood Photos are a great way to quickly catch people’s attention and get them interested in a subject matter. In fact, they often provide the first impression for your work, as people take in and react to visual images much more quickly than they do text. So, whether you’re working with data visualization, outreach […]

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November 3, 2016

Communicating science effectively—working through environmental report cards

In September, Simon Costanzo, Caroline Donovan, and I traveled to Edmonton, Alberta for a science communication course sponsored by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). Participants had a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise, including researchers, planners, GIS analysts, communicators, and managers. All are involved with ABMI and their mission of monitoring the state of […]

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November 1, 2016

It’s alive! Tips for creating maps that take on a life of their own

Similar to a good Halloween costume, you want any map you create to convey a clear and understandable message that it doesn’t take long for the viewer to digest. Someone viewing your map should not need to take more than a minute or two to understand it’s purpose. Also similar to a Halloween costume, the […]

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October 27, 2016

The report card game “Get the Grade!” was launched in Stockholm, New Delhi and Honolulu

The Basin Report Card Initiative, a partnership between the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the World Wildlife Fund, worked closely with game developers from the Engagement Lab at Emerson College to produce a fun, interactive and thought provoking game, “Get the Grade!”. “Get the Grade” was successfully launched at three signature events […]

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October 25, 2016

Goldilocks: The Unheralded Mapping Guru

Michelle Canick OK, not really. But like Goldilocks selecting the bed just right for her nap, we should try to avoid the extremes when designing a map. Don’t make the map too simple or too complex, but provide just the right amount of detail to tell the story. What’s the story? Well, that’s really the […]

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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 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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