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January 2017  
Video & Blog Highlights Permanent Link
NY Harbor: Resilience in the face of four centuries of development (paper)
This paper on New York Harbor features visualizations created by IAN Science Communicator, Brianne Walsh.
New York Harbor: Resilience in the face of four centuries of development Permanent Link
A paper detailing the impacts of development on the New York Harbor ecosystem was published in the journal Regional Studies in Marine Science, as part of a "Special Issue for The World Harbour Project: Global harbours and ports: different locations, similar problems?" The article was co-authored by present and former IAN personnel and partners our NSF-STEM-C Billion Oyster project. The publication features the history and trajectory of similar environmental issues for global partner cities within the World Harbour Project.

Participants of CommOCEAN 2016.
IAN takes part in the 2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference (CommOCEAN) in Bruges, Belgium Permanent Link
On December 6th to 7th, Heath Kelsey and Vanessa Vargas attended CommOCEAN 2016 held at the Provincial Court in the heart of medieval Bruges. CommOCEAN has four major sessions- reaching out to the public, ways of optimizing impacts, use of social media and graphics, and future trends/new formats. Heath presented on the use of visual science in stakeholder engagement during the plenary session while Vanessa talked about ecosystem health report cards in one of the parallel sessions. The conference was insightful and innovative, full of interactions and engagement.

Participants at the Raise the Grade event for the Upper Mississippi River
Participants at the Upper Mississippi River Raise the Grade Conference.
Raise the Grade Action Agenda Released for Upper Mississippi River Permanent Link
The Action Agenda developed from the Upper Mississippi River Raise the Grade Conference was released on December 16. The October conference brought together over 200 participants from 95 organizations to develop solutions to challenges identified in the 2015 America's Watershed Initiative Card for the Mississippi River watershed, in which the Upper Mississippi River basin received a C grade. The Action Agenda identified seven objectives that address ecosystem resilience, nutrient reduction, monitoring and assessment, watershed planning and management, transportation infrastructure, recreation opportunities, and hydropower. For each objective, specific actions were identified that can be acted upon quickly to support multiple goals.

Participants at the Belmont Forum in San Fransisco, CA
Participants at the Belmont Forum in San Fransisco, CA.
IAN facilitates a synthesis workshop for the Belmont Forum Permanent Link
Bill Dennison, Heath Kelsey and Vanessa Vargas joined up with Future Earth Coasts to facilitate a Belmont Forum workshop in San Francisco, CA associated with the annual American Geophysical Union conference. Representatives from eleven projects on coastal vulnerability and freshwater security shared their project findings and worked together to synthesize results. The transdisciplinary and transnational projects worked with a diversity of stakeholders to tackle complex issues to address the 'Belmont Challenge' which is to deliver knowledge needed for action to avoid and adapt to detrimental environmental change. IAN will produce a synthesis newsletter from this workshop.

New year, new space Permanent Link
IAN will kick off 2017 with a move to a new office in the Eastport area of Annapolis. This new location will offer more meeting space and will be closer to our staff and partners at the Chesapeake Bay Program office. Be sure to visit us at 429 Fourth St. Annapolis, MD!
The Integration & Application Network is an initiative of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Further information: www.ian.umces.edu