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April 15, 2013

From the Toxic Algal Blooms of Australia’s Coast to the Oil-soaked Shores of the Gulf of Mexico: The Role of Science in Environmental Crisis

Environmental crises exist on a continuum varying on the size of the affected area, severity and longevity of effects, level mitigation required, and socioeconomic impacts, all influencing the level of public involvement. Despite the need for immediate action, it is the role of the scientist to ensure adherence to the scientific method. The “Brown Tide” […]

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February 21, 2013

Resilience of Coastal Communities Depends on Maintaining Social Infrastructure

Hurricane Sandy was a wake-up call. More and more, people are asking, “What can be done to sustain coastal communities in the face of climate change and accelerated sea level rise?” The story of Holland Island, a once-thriving fishing community, reveals the importance of maintaining social infrastructure to sustain communities. Coastal communities must be resilient […]

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February 12, 2013

Managing for Sustainable Ecosystems: Our Human Role

Humans depend on ecosystems, whether for food, shelter, work or recreation, and these interactions are universal. We are the key ingredient to managing ourselves and rehabilitating ecosystems in order to maintain natural functions. Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) uses the principles of sustainability, precaution, adaptation and integration (Boesch 2006) as a guide for better management so we […]

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February 6, 2013

The Science/Management Gap

The disconnect between science and policy has its root in the concept of the traditional role of scientists in society. The classic view of the scientist is a researcher who is interested purely in pursuing the truth and is without bias or personal stake in the topic at hand. This role makes the researcher completely […]

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March 28, 2012

Innovations in Environmental Synthesis, Reporting and Governance: Part 12 – Questions From the Seminar

QUESTION: Hi, Adam from the Department of Environment. Thanks for the presentation. One of the key messages I got which was really cool was that you think that it’s important to synthesize as you go through the research. I want to know the challenges in terms of synthesizing and sharing knowledge and data before publishing. […]

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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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