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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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April 15, 2016

A unique partnership between World Wildlife Fund and University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

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) Don Boesch and I had lunch with our World Wildlife Fund colleagues Carter Roberts and Tom Dillon recently. Carter asked a question that a) we couldn’t answer […]

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March 18, 2016

EcoHealth Metrics for the Texas Coast Workshop

The long lost Gulf of Mexico Report Card project has been rekindled this week with a pilot project to create EcoHealth metrics for the Texas coast. We hope to scale this up to the rest of the Gulf next (including the parts in Mexico and Cuba). Bill Dennison and I traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas […]

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March 16, 2016

How environmental report cards can democratize science

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) The word democracy has its origins in a Greek word from the 5th century B.C. Democracy is formed by combining “demos” meaning “the people” with “kratia” meaning […]

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March 10, 2016

Using report cards to get the synoptic big picture: An astronaut’s view

This blog is part of the Basin Report Card Initiative: a partnership between theWorld Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) One of the attributes of report cards that is particularly useful is the ability to view a whole system synoptically. We often refer to this synoptic view as […]

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March 3, 2016

Determining what makes a good environmental champion

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) At our initial retreat held on the front porch of UMCES Center Administration in October 2015, we asked the question “What qualities constitute a good environmental champion?” […]

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February 15, 2016

Developing a strategy for Long Island Sound embayment report cards

Caroline Donovan and I traveled to Mamaroneck, NY and Stamford, CT on 3 Feb 2016 to work with Save The Sound in developing a strategy for Long Island Sound report cards. The Integration and Application Network produced a Long Island Sound report card in 2015, working with the Long Island Sound Funders Collaborative. In addition, […]

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February 8, 2016

Engaged participants made the Indian River Lagoon Report Card workshop a pleasure to facilitate!

On Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, 2016, IAN staff facilitated the kickoff workshop for an Indian River Lagoon report card. The Lagoon is located on the east coast of Florida, stretching from above Cape Canaveral south all the way to Stuart, where the St. Lucie River meets the Lagoon and flows out into […]

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February 4, 2016

In and around the Indian River Lagoon

On Wednesday, January 20, we were lucky enough to get an up close and personal look at the Indian River Lagoon from top to bottom. Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Donovan, and myself started the day with a visit to the Marine Discovery Center (MDC), a not-for-profit that aims “to protect and restore the Florida […]

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February 2, 2016

Going from “Aha!” to “Well, Duh” in the Great Barrier Reef, with beer coasters and Burdekin Gold

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) Catherine Blancard, Heath Kelsey, Alex Fries and I held a session to discuss and analyze our Integration and Application Network experience with environmental report cards on 26 January 2016. This […]

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