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October 20, 2017

Evolution of the Report Cards in Brisbane: Part Two

The report cards developed from each group have common characteristics, but focus on different strengths. The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) group seem to be emphasizing improvements on the technical and visual aspects of the report card data analysis and indicators, target achievement data, and visualizations, while the IAN group is focusing more on the process, […]

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October 18, 2017

Evolution of The Report Cards in Brisbane: Part One

Bill Dennison, Simon Costanzo and I made our annual pilgrimage to Riversymposium in September 2017 for the 20th anniversary of the event. This year the conference was back in Brisbane, Australia (it was held in Delhi in 2016). This is one of my favorite conferences, maybe because the City of Brisbane has become so comfortable […]

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September 29, 2017

Developing a vision for an integrated Darwin Harbour report card

I traveled to Darwin, the Capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia, in order to work with the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee on developing a vision for an integrated report card for Darwin Harbour. Karen Gibb, Charles Darwin University professor and chair of the Darwin Harbour Advisory Committee, hosted my visit. Jane Thomas, a […]

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September 12, 2017

Exploring an Ecosystem in Transition: On the Road to Flamingo II

We saw possible signs of the Everglades’ response to accelerated sea level rise at our next stop, the Pay-hay-okee overlook. Beyond Taylor Slough the road continues west through rocky pineland upland habitat before heading south through freshwater marl prairie. The overlook is built on the edge of Shark River Slough, the park’s other, larger flow […]

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September 8, 2017

Exploring an Ecosystem in Transition: The Road to Flamingo

The Florida Everglades is an ecosystem in transition, but is it transitioning toward a condition that people find desirable? This is a question that the Everglades report card may be able to answer. Currently, the Integration and Application Network is working with water managers and ecologists to incorporate an environmental report card into the Everglades […]

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August 29, 2017

Sunshine, Scientists, and the Everglades Southern Coastal Systems

On August 2nd, 2017 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the IAN team hosted the first of three Everglades regional workshops in order to develop the Everglades Report Card and 2019 System Status Report. This workshop laid the groundwork for grading the Southern Coastal Systems region of the Everglades, which encompasses Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay, and most […]

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August 24, 2017

Talking about the Tennessee River in Chattanooga: Part 2

After the afternoon talks ended at the aquarium and before drinks and dinner began, the Tennessee River Basin Network (TRBN) and UMCES held a short session on the Tennessee River report card. We were happy with the high attendance at our session and the progress we made during it. I started the session off with […]

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August 17, 2017

The Road to Rio – The Release of the Guanabara Bay Report Card

On July 21, 2017, the Guanabara Bay Report Card was released in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This is the first ecosystem health report card in Brazil, and the second report card we have done in South America. The first report card in South America was for the Orinoco River in Colombia last year. For the […]

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July 25, 2017

In the Footsteps of Gengis Khan in the Mongolian Steppe: Part 3

Training Mongolians to Develop a Tuul River Report Card After our field trip, Simon Costanzo, Michele Thieme and I held a two and a half day workshop in Ulaanbaatar, working closely with WWF Mongolia and key stakeholders in order to develop the skills and strategies needed to create a Tuul River report card. We structured […]

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July 20, 2017

In the Footsteps of Gengis Khan in the Mongolian Steppe: Part 2

Downstream Tuul River On the second day of field trips before our Tuul River report card workshop, we headed downstream to visit two mines: one recently built with a history of environmental protections, the other an old soviet mine with no apparent environmental regulation. On our way, we passed out of the commercial downtown district […]

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