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May 13, 2016

Welcome to Rio! The Guanabara Bay first stakeholder workshop

Rio de Janeiro is a Brazilian State with vibrant cities (including the one with the same name) along the shore of Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Guanabara Bay is highly impacted system due to a large population leading to sewage and trash pollution. The State of Rio and State of Maryland have a partnership […]

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May 11, 2016

The praxis of science visualization

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) staff recently completed teaching a new course in Science Visualization. This course was part of the Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Science (MEES) Program through the University System of Maryland. Praxis, the word that Aristotle used to mean “thoughtful, practical doing”, refers to the emphasis that this course had on developing the practical […]

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April 29, 2016

The NOAA Coral Reef Report Card – Reflections on the report card process

Caroline Donovan and I facilitated a mini-workshop in Charleston, South Carolina this week to advance the NOAA Coral Reef Monitoring Program Report Card Pilot projects in American Samoa and Florida. The meeting went very well – we had some difficult things to work out, and everyone came together to do just that. Most importantly, we […]

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April 25, 2016

How to organize and run short, productive and fun scientific workshops

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) regularly runs workshops with scientists and resource managers about a variety of topics in a diversity of locations. IAN has evolved various workshop protocols and tools that are regularly applied. There are several aspects that distinguish IAN workshops from typical scientific workshops. All workshop components need to be considered […]

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April 22, 2016

Workshop on ecological drought with the South Central Climate Science Center in Norman, Oklahoma

In March, Bill Dennison, Simon Costanzo, and I travelled to Norman, Oklahoma for a workshop on ecological drought, part of an ongoing project with the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. This was the third in a series of eight workshops to be held at each of the nation’s eight Climate Science Centers […]

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April 4, 2016

A tour of the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma during an extreme weather day

Brianne Walsh organized a tour of the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma following our workshop with the South Central Climate Science Center in March 2016. The National Weather Service is part of NOAA, which operates the facility in a partnership with the University of Oklahoma. We were immediately impressed with the spacious interior atrium […]

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April 1, 2016

Conference on New Ideas to Accelerate Chesapeake Bay Restoration

A one-day conference sponsored by the Harry Hughes Agro-Ecology Center and Town Creek Foundation was held at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club on 18 March 2016. This conference was originally scheduled earlier in the year, but it was snowed out. The venue on Kent Island was beautiful, with views of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The […]

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March 28, 2016

EcoHealth Matrix Songbook

As a participant of the EcoHealth Matrix workshop held at the Harte Research Institute in Corpus Christi, Texas on 9-11 March 2016, I found myself in the unusual position of not being one of the organizers or facilitators. With all this extra time on my hands, I wrote a series of songs throughout the workshop. […]

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March 21, 2016

Environmental literacy of the Texas coastline

As part of a workshop sponsored by the Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, we learned about the key values and major threats to the Texas coastal ecosystems. We did not include the offshore continental shelf in this assessment, so some iconic features like the flower garden coral reefs were not included. […]

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March 18, 2016

EcoHealth Metrics for the Texas Coast Workshop

The long lost Gulf of Mexico Report Card project has been rekindled this week with a pilot project to create EcoHealth metrics for the Texas coast. We hope to scale this up to the rest of the Gulf next (including the parts in Mexico and Cuba). Bill Dennison and I traveled to Corpus Christi, Texas […]

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