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November 29, 2016

A visit to Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha, India

In 2014 IAN visited India to help the Ministry of Environment and Forests develop the Chilika Lake Report Card in Odisha, and a Report Card for the Jamnagar Marine National Park and a Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment for the Gulf of Kachchh in Gujarat. This time we are back to Odisha, to Bhitarkanika National Park, […]

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November 15, 2016

Desenvolvendo a governança na Baía de Guanabara

“Growing governance in Guanabara Bay” (Portuguese translation by João Paulo Coimbra) Em 4 de Outubro, Dave Nemazie e eu viajamos para o Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, para a terceira sessão de reuniões para o desenvolvimento do Boletim de Saúde Ambiental da Baía de Guanabara. Nós apresentamos a versão preliminar do boletim e do seu respectivo […]

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November 8, 2016

Prepare, Point, Think, Shoot, Edit: How to take a great photograph

Laura Wood Photos are a great way to quickly catch people’s attention and get them interested in a subject matter. In fact, they often provide the first impression for your work, as people take in and react to visual images much more quickly than they do text. So, whether you’re working with data visualization, outreach […]

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November 3, 2016

Communicating science effectively—working through environmental report cards

In September, Simon Costanzo, Caroline Donovan, and I traveled to Edmonton, Alberta for a science communication course sponsored by the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI). Participants had a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise, including researchers, planners, GIS analysts, communicators, and managers. All are involved with ABMI and their mission of monitoring the state of […]

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November 1, 2016

It’s alive! Tips for creating maps that take on a life of their own

Similar to a good Halloween costume, you want any map you create to convey a clear and understandable message that it doesn’t take long for the viewer to digest. Someone viewing your map should not need to take more than a minute or two to understand it’s purpose. Also similar to a Halloween costume, the […]

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October 27, 2016

The report card game “Get the Grade!” was launched in Stockholm, New Delhi and Honolulu

The Basin Report Card Initiative, a partnership between the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the World Wildlife Fund, worked closely with game developers from the Engagement Lab at Emerson College to produce a fun, interactive and thought provoking game, “Get the Grade!”. “Get the Grade” was successfully launched at three signature events […]

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October 25, 2016

Goldilocks: The Unheralded Mapping Guru

Michelle Canick OK, not really. But like Goldilocks selecting the bed just right for her nap, we should try to avoid the extremes when designing a map. Don’t make the map too simple or too complex, but provide just the right amount of detail to tell the story. What’s the story? Well, that’s really the […]

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October 20, 2016

UMCES active in the 2016 River Symposium in Delhi, India

The 19th annual River Symposium was held in Delhi, India this year – the first time it’s been held outside of Australia. I had a chance to attend, and to present a couple of talks related to the partnership we have with WWF for the Basin Report Cards Initiative. The highlight for me was the […]

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October 11, 2016

Conceptual Diagrams: Turning Science into Graphic Art

Katie Goerger “I’m just not sure how to get this concept across to people – it’s so complicated.” “This publication is just too text-heavy. We need some visuals to spice things up.” Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re missing a key tool in your science communication arsenal: the conceptual diagram. We may not all […]

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October 4, 2016

How to help your audience feel comfortable: Four steps in creating clean, colorful and welcoming graphs

Jennifer Shanahan As I listened to valuable lessons on how to improve visualization of our data during the latest unit in the IAN Science Communication course it struck me that there is a great parallel with the process of preparing to host a great party! Yes as much as we want to make a great […]

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