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Current Projects


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IAN: Symbol Libraries Permanent Link
This free, downloadable symbol library has been providing users with symbols crafted by IAN science communicators for use in constructing conceptual diagrams. This project involves getting the symbols uploaded individually to our searchable image library, adding many new symbols, and making them all available through our online diagram creator.  Full Details  



Past Projects


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Forest Trends: Vision for Marismas Nacionales Permanent Link
Forest Trends (FT) is a Washington D.C.-based international non‐profit organization whose mission is four‐fold: to expand the value of forests to society; to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and companies that are developing these markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around those forests. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) – Integration and Application Network (IAN) was asked to assist Forest Trends with the development of a communication product that can be used to demonstrate the usefulness of visual product(s) for conducting the feasibility assessments and planning that Marismas Nacionales and Forest Trends’ other Investments in Watershed Services demonstration projects are undertaking.  Full Details  



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Louisiana Sea Grant - Louisiana Discovery Integration and Application Fellowship program Permanent Link
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Maryland Department of the Environment: Design and layout of Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Act Plan Permanent Link
In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland’s General Assembly charged the State with developing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent below a 2006 baseline level by the year 2020. This report provides a detailed overview of Maryland’s Plan, describing Maryland’s vulnerability to climate change and detailing Maryland’s 150-plus Greenhouse Gas Reduction programs and initiatives and their associated benefits.

UMCES worked in partnership with the MDE Office of Communications to help design and edit the existing draft plan to match the style of the Plan’s Executive Summary released earlier in July 2013.   Full Details  



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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Hurricane Sandy report Permanent Link

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation established a Hurricane Sandy Wildlife Response Fund to conduct a rapid assessment of the ecological impacts of Hurricane Sandy from North Carolina to Rhode Island, with emphasis on habitats and associated wildlife. Scientists from various organizations including government agencies, non-government organizations, and academic institutions provided data and information about Hurricane Sandy in relation to both Chesapeake Bay and the Delmarva Coastal Bays, which was then integrated into a 20-page summary report. The goal of the summary report is to effectively communicate the impacts of Hurricane Sandy to U.S. congressional leadership and the broader public, with recommendations for mitigation activities to ameliorate the impacts of future storm events.  Full Details  




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Nevada Division of Environmental Protection: Lake Tahoe conceptual diagrams Permanent Link
Degradation of nearshore quality is a primary concern of Lake Tahoe’s residents and stakeholders. Issues impacting the nearshore environment include visible algal growth as well as the establishment and threat of aquatic invasive species. 

This project seeks to improve the effectiveness of communicating the results and findings of the Evaluation of Nearshore Ecology and Aesthetics Project to informed stakeholders, the general public, and the science community.

IAN's role is to create a series of conceptual diagrams for Lake Tahoe's nearshore environment, as tools for outreach and communication. Diagrams will be created to define the nearshore of Lake Tahoe, detailing beneficial uses for the lake and key natural processes that control nearshore aesthetics; depict major sources of pollutants and their associated effects, with list of management actions to control pollutant sources; and contrast developed versus undeveloped areas.  

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NPS: Assateague Island National Seashore: Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland and Virginia, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: Colonial National Historical Park: Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Colonial National Historical Park in Virginia, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for each metric, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park: Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park in Hawaii, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for key indicators, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat-based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NPS: Shenandoah National Park: Natural Resource Condition Assessment Permanent Link
The National Park Service is carrying out assessments of the natural resource condition (NRCA) for nearly 300 of the National Parks throughout the country deemed to have significant natural resources. This project, to assess condition of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, is a synthesis project aimed at collating and synthesizing all available data to assess current status and trend for key indicators, combining these into an overall framework. The focus of this study has been to develop a habitat-based framework to assess natural resource condition.  Full Details  



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NY Harbor- Billion Oyster Project Permanent Link
IAN is part of a successful National Science Foundation project underway in New York Harbor as part of the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), aimed at delivering environmental restoration education to New York City public schools. The three-year, $5 million grant project, entitled "Curriculum and Community Enterprise for New York Harbor Restoration in New York City Public Schools," was officially launched on New York Harbor will be led by Pace University's School of Education and implemented by a consortium of partners including New York Harbor Foundation, New York City Department of Education, Columbia's Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, New York Academy of Sciences, University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science, Good Shepherd Services, New York Aquarium, The River Project, SmartStart ECS, and others. The grant will create an accredited math and science teacher training program at Pace University, an interdisciplinary Harbor Literacy and marine STEM-C curriculum for NYC schools, and develop afterschool STEM mentoring through the New York Academy of Sciences, museum and aquarium. IAN's role in the project is to develop a state of the art digital platform that will provide a portal for students and teachers to access and analyze real time water quality data, view progress of restoration efforts via underwater cameras, and access the newly developed curriculum.  Full Details  



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SPREP-PIFS: Streamlined environmental reporting Permanent Link
The burden of global, regional, and project reporting has been a longstanding concern of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs), particularly on Smaller Island States (SIS). Following a workshop that was jointly convened by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in March 2012 in Fiji, a vision was created for more effective and streamlined reporting in the Pacific Region. The resulting publication uses an environmental case study to showcase how a simple, targeted, and strategic monitoring and reporting framework can facilitate streamlined reporting by allowing data and information to be used for multiple reporting requirements.
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SPREP: Ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for Lami Town, Fiji Permanent Link
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to look after its environment. For this project, IAN partnered with SPREP to create a graphics rich summary of a technical report detailing the cost-benefit analysis of ecosystem-based adaptation and engineering options for Lami Town, in Fiji.   Full Details  



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SPREP: Samoa State of the Environment Permanent Link

A workshop was held with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) in Apia, Samoa in April 2012 to develop the initial stage of assessment for Samoa's State of Environment (SoE), which is currently underway. Key experts from MNRE and SPREP defined six key habitats in Samoa: cloud forest and uplands, lowlands, coastal strand, nearshore marine, offshore marine, and rivers and streams. The health of each of these habitats (as determined by key indicators) will then be combined to describe the overall condition of Samoa’s environment and culturally important natural resources.
Samoa is leading the Pacific in the use of this habitat-based assessment, which will be important in the development of common regional approaches. It will also contribute to the development of a regional framework that will simplify and reduce regional and international reporting requirements for Samoa and other Pacific island countries.  Full Details  




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State of Maryland: Chesapeake Bay Health Stories Permanent Link
The main goal of this project is to develop a web-based tool that allows users to explore time series of important bay health indicators, resources and influences. Users would be able to drag a slider across a series of years to see how status changes over time. A carousel of images, conceptual diagram, and videos could scroll through, regardless of where the slider is. Data would also be presented for inputs and overall bay status. An indicator would show what year was being shown. Some years would be highlighted on the slider and graphs, and users could click on them to see particular stories that are relevant to that year. These year stories can illustrate important processes in timing of storm events, weather extremes, management actions, etc. Themes to present include nitrogen, water clarity, seagrass, aquatic resources (crabs, fish, and oysters), climate, population, development pressure, and dissolved oxygen.  Full Details  



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The Nature Conservancy: Development of the America's Watershed Initiative Report Card Permanent Link
This project will help facilitate, assess, and produce the America's Watershed Initiative Report Card. The report card will describe the health of the Mississippi River Basin based on six main goals (water supply, flood risk reduction, economies, ecosystems, recreational, and transportation). America's Watershed Initiative is working to bring a collaborative, basin-wide perspective to the Mississippi River Watershed's greatest management challenges while also supporting the many initiatives and work at multiple scales. In addition to the report card, six workshop newsletters, each representing the sub-basins of the Mississippi, will be produced.  Full Details  



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The Water Institute of the Gulf: Creation of a synthesis report Permanent Link
This project will be to develop a 16-page, full color, graphics rich booklet for The Water Institute of the Gulf. The synthesis report will explain the key habitats of coastal Louisiana, the ecosystem services that they deliver to support coastal community resilience and how this could be enhanced.  Full Details  



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The Water Institute of the Gulf: Creation of conceptual diagrams Permanent Link
This project is to develop custom conceptual diagrams according to the needs of The Water Institute of the Gulf (TWI). Diagrams are likely to include: key ecosystem components including: marsh, bald cypress swamp, mangrove stand, oyster reef, aquatic vegetation, barrier island, and open water/base sediment.  Full Details  



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Town Creek Foundation: MDE Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan Permanent Link

In 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland’s General Assembly charged the State with developing a Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan that will reduce greenhouse gases 25 percent by the year 2020.   Full Details  




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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: symbol requests and development Permanent Link

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) had designed software to facilitate
the development and visualization of conceptual ecological models, and therefore required a large and comprehensive database of environmentally orientated visual icons to include for their users. USACE then partnered with IAN to incorporate our extensive symbol library into their software, and to develop additional symbols of complex ecosystems or ecosystem elements.  Full Details  




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United Nations Environmental Programme: Ecosystem Based Management Permanent Link

For this project, IAN staff collaborated with the authors of a UNEP publication, "Taking Steps toward Marine and Coastal Ecosystem-Based Management - An Introductory Guide." Our role was to produce several key conceptual diagrams for the publication: to help define the five core elements of Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM), it's geographic scope, and to illustrate how planning with an ecosystem perspective works.  Full Details  




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Willamette River: Report Card Development & Production Permanent Link
IAN, in collaboration with the Meyer Memorial Trust, will develop the Willamette River Report Card. The 187 mile long Willamette River is located entirely in Oregon and is a major tributary of the Columbia River. Flowing northward between the Oregon Coast Range and the Cascade Range, the Willamette River basin contains two-thirds of Oregon's population, including the state's largest city, Portland, positioned near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. IAN staff held introductory workshops in Portland and Corvallis OR with eminent scientists in the area and relevant stakeholders associated with the management and use of the Willamette River and its watershed. A workshop to fully develop the Report Card will be held in September 2014 with a draft available for review in December 2014.  Full Details