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March 26, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 11 – Conclusion

One of the things I would like to leave this conference with is some ideas about how we can collaborate between Chesapeake Bay and Australia. Let’s figure out how we can collaborate and work together.  I’ll give you an example that I’ve thought up with some other folks at the University of Queensland. We can […]

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March 23, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 10 – Innovations in Governance/BaySTAT

This is where Governor O’Malley came in and he created BayStat. This was based on tracking nutrient and sediment reductions. Our eutrophication problem is over-enrichment of nutrients creating dissolved oxygen “dead zones”. O’Malley puts together an interesting assortment of people. We sit on a monthly basis with the Secretary of Natural Resources, the Secretary of […]

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March 21, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 9 – Innovations in Governance

The last thing I want to talk about is innovations in governance. This is a story I want to start in New York City, where there was a guy called Jack Maple. He always had a bow-tie and a bowler. He was a transit cop, policing the subways and buses in New York. He started […]

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March 19, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 8 – Environmental Report Cards

Report cards are also a great way to bring together disparate groups. An extreme example is that the US State Department was trying to mediate some dialog between Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan when Armenia and Azerbaijan were technically still at war. So we got together with them, and we put up this first map of […]

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March 16, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 7 – Innovations in Environmental Reporting

I want to talk about innovations in environmental reporting. One of the things we stumbled upon in Southeast Queensland is environmental report cards, and I got to thinking why they are so powerful. I have two teenage children, who you can definitely see are driven by peer pressure in their everyday life. Peer pressure is […]

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March 14, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 6 – Using press and video in science communication

Another thing that we did was create IAN Press. We’ve created a self publishing kind of approach and what’s cool about it is that this can be full color, 230 pages, and we can sell it for $20 US, and not lose money. We finally have the technology of tablet computers. The tablet version really […]

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March 12, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 5 – Innovations in Science Communication

I distinguish science communication from science writing. If you think about a science paper, you provide lots of references, which is the scientific context for that study. Science communication provides societal examples, because it’s all about context, to make the message translate to a broader audience. In scientific literature, there is usually just text, while […]

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March 9, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 4 – The Annapolis Synthesis Center

In the middle of the National Environmental Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) seagrass project, we created the Annapolis Synthesis Center. Annapolis is much like Santa Barbara, it’s a cute town that you can walk around in, fly in without getting in a car, and it’s the capital of Maryland as well as home […]

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March 7, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 3 – National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

At the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, we formed a seagrass working group, recruiting colleagues to help populate a global database of seagrass trajectories. We focused on what we could document in terms of seagrass area, density, biomass and cover. And then we used that database, interrogated it and wrote scientific papers. The […]

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March 2, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 1 – Introduction

I want to talk about innovations in environmental synthesis, reporting and governance and how these innovations apply to the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network in Australia. And I’ll start by explaining a little bit about where I’m currently based at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. We are right on the shores of the […]

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