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February 27, 2014

A New IAN Science Communication Course on Ecosystem Health Report Cards in Adelaide, Australia

Alex Fries and I had the chance to travel to Adelaide, Australia to deliver a two-day Science Communication Course to the South Australia Department of Environment, Water, and Natural Resources (DEWNR). The course focused on Ecosystem Health Report Cards. DEWNR is currently creating state-wide report cards in the marine, freshwater, terrestrial, and atmospheric environments, reporting […]

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February 4, 2014

Long Island Sound funders meeting

On 24 Jan 2014, I traveled to New York City to meet with the Long Island Sound funders network. This recently formed group is pooling their resources to develop Long Island Sound conservation and restoration initiatives. They are a stimulating and thoughtful group of people from different organizations with different backgrounds, united in this effort […]

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November 7, 2013

Calculating a Lake Health Index for the Great Lakes

A State of the Great Lakes is produced periodically by Environment Canada and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the most recent assessment (2011), there are various classes of indicators that are used: water quality, aquatic-dependent life, landscapes & natural processes and swimming, fishing & drinking features. The water quality indicators include a) water column […]

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October 15, 2013

International Riversymposium 2013

The 16th annual International Riversymposium was held in Brisbane, Australia during September 2013. I traveled to Australia with Heath Kelsey and we made presentations during a stimulating session on environmental report cards, which featured the long-term Southeast Queensland report card program, the Great Barrier Reef report card, our fledgling Mississippi River report card effort, and […]

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October 8, 2013

Sights and sounds of India

This was my first trip to the subcontinent so everything was new to me. The stopover in Mumbai (Bombay) was my first encounter with the traffic, noise, smells and crowds of people. The airport is surrounded by dense housing, much of which includes blue tarps and corrugated iron as roofing and walls. I could smell […]

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October 3, 2013

The people of the Gulf of Kachchh

We were impressed with the industrious people in the region surrounding the Gulf of Kachchh. The Gulf of Kachchh is a major economic driver for India, importing and refining oil, and producing fertilizer, food and salt. The rich natural and cultural resources were considerable. The abundant bird life, wildlife, mangroves, corals and fisheries are examples […]

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October 1, 2013

Gulf of Kachchh Integrated Assessment

We conducted a second workshop in Gandhinagar, the capitol of Gugarat, India, which immediately followed our report card workshop in Jamnagar. This workshop was held at the Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) Foundation. Gandhinanger was about 5 hours drive from our report card workshop in Jamnagar. GEER is a bit like one of the […]

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September 26, 2013

Developing a Mississippi River report card: Upper Mississippi River workshop in the Quad Cities

The IAN crew (Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey, Bill Nuttle, Caroline Wicks) traveled to Moline, Illinois to facilitate the first of a series of workshops that will occur throughout the massive Mississippi River watershed. This workshop was focused on the Upper Mississippi River watershed – extending from Minnesota and Wisconsin in the north,including large portions of […]

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September 24, 2013

Assembling Indicators for a Mississippi River Basin Report Card

The Integration and Application Network recently launched a new project to develop a report card for the Mississippi River basin. The purpose of this report card is to provide people with information on status and trends of the entire Mississippi basin taken as a whole. The watershed of the Mississippi covers 40 percent of the […]

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September 19, 2013

Gulf of Kachchh field trips: Birds, mangroves, corals, macrotides, industries

We had two field trips to the Gulf of Kachchh. One trip was to the Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary near Jamnagar. We visited in the late afternoon and were treated to a nice breeze and a beautiful sunset over the water. The sanctuary used a levee with spillways to impound freshwater to maintain high quality bird […]

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