Blog posts categorized by Environmental Report Cards
The 5-day SESYNC short course on Social Network Analysis was taught by Lorien Jasny. Image credit: Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen

Adding value to “Network” in IAN: Exploring the potential uses of Social Network Analysis

Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen ·
19 June 2017
Environmental Report Cards | Science Communication | Applying Science |     1 comments

Last June 5-9, 2017, I was fortunate enough to be selected to participate in SESYNC’s short course on Social Network Analysis (SNA) taught by Lorien Jasny, PhD, who was a postdoc at SESYNC but is now based at Exeter University in the UK. This introduction and crash course on Social Network Analysis was a great opportunity for me, as I will be using SNA in my dissertation research.

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A busy two days on the porch at UMCES Center Administration offices in Cambridge. Image credit: Heath Kelsey

WWF and UMCES Retreat 24-25 May 2017

Heath Kelsey ·
16 June 2017
Environmental Literacy | Environmental Report Cards | 

The WWF-UMCES Partnership met at the UMCES Horn Point Lab Campus in Cambridge, MD on May 24 and 25 this year for our annual two-day retreat. This year’s agenda was, as usual, very ambitious, including the introduction of new people, discussions on branding the partnership, the incorporation of climate change indicators into the report card process, modeling for scenario development, and reviews of upcoming communication products.

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In the meeting reviewing the Guanabara Bay Report Card. Image credit: Alex Fries

Finalizing the Guanabara Bay Report Card

Alexandra Fries ·
12 June 2017
Environmental Report Cards |     1 comments

On April 24th, 2017, Dave Nemazie and I began our journey to Rio de Janeiro. Little did we know, instead of taking 18 hours to get there, it would take 30. We flew through JFK, and a delayed flight meant we missed our connection to Rio. After spending the day in New York, we finally arrived a day after we were supposed to. Despite our travel woes, we made it to Rio and had productive meetings with our partners, Guido Gelli and Marlus Newton.

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The theme for the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Summit is “One Gulf”

Progressing toward a Report Card for the Gulf of Mexico

Heath Kelsey ·
26 May 2017
Environmental Report Cards | 

The theme for the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Summit is “One Gulf” … The theme of the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit this year in Houston was “One Gulf” and was all about synthesis of science to create positive restoration outcomes. I served on a panel with Mark Harwell and Jack Gentile to discuss our work on the Texas coast Report Card project, and our larger ambition for a Gulf of Mexico Report Card.

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Wuhan is located along the central part of the Yangtze River. Image credit: google.

Scoping a report card for the Yangtze River basin, China.

Simon Costanzo ·
22 May 2017
Environmental Report Cards | 

In April I travelled to China with Michele Thieme and Judy Takats from the World Wildlife Fund U.S. (WWF). The trip was planned to discuss with WWF China whether our report card process would work within the Chinese context. It was my first trip to China, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I discovered was a truly different, yet amazing country with friendly people, great food and amazing sights (I’ll talk more about my trip to the Three Gorges Dam in a following blog).

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R.A. Fisher developed the statistical tools of data analysis that scientists use to get answers to simple, direct questions. Environment report cards are a tool for assembling this information to answer more complex questions. Image Credit: flickr

What are these data trying to tell us?

Bill Nuttle ·
15 May 2017
Environmental Report Cards | 

“Let the data speak for themselves,” is a quote frequently attributed to Sir R. A. Fisher. Fisher was biologist who was drawn to the task of sifting through 70 years of data on crop yields and genetics accumulated at Rothamsted Experimental Station. The challenge of making sense of all this data led Fisher to develop a number of statistical tools that are used today by everyone who works with data.

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The plenary sessions for the CommOceans conference was in a 100-year old meeting hall. Photo credit: Heath Kelsey

Evolving ecosystem health report cards to address issues of scale, acceptance, engagement, and behavior change

Heath Kelsey ·
14 April 2017
Environmental Report Cards |     1 comments

The plenary sessions for the CommOceans conference was in a 100-year old meeting hall. Photo credit: Heath Kelsey … At the recent commOcean2016 conference in Bruges, Belgium, I attended a short discussion session on effective science communication tools and strategies. Although the conversation was not exactly brisk, there was one exchange that triggered a new direction in my thinking about science communication, behavior change, and ecosystem health report cards.

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Bill Dennison, Peter Tuddenham, Tina Bishop and Jamie Testa at the initial evaluation strategy session. Photo credit: Bill Dennison

Turning the report card spotlight back on ourselves: The first Integration and Application Network report card

Bill Dennison ·
3 April 2017
Environmental Report Cards | 

Our Integration and Application Network (IAN) team has been traveling the globe to help various partners develop rigorous report cards. When we starting working with Tina Bishop and Peter Tuddenham from the College of Exploration to develop an evaluation approach for IAN, we realized that using the same process to develop report cards for our own assessment would be a useful way to evaluate ourselves.

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Top: Guam's location. Photo credit: Google Maps. Bottom: hotels dot the shoreline around along the northwest coast of Guam. Photo credit: Alex Fries

The first thing people ask: Where is Guam, anyway?

Caroline Donovan ·
17 March 2017
Environmental Report Cards | 

Guam is in the western Pacific Ocean, approximately equidistant from Tokyo (north), Manila (west), and Papua New Guinea (south). And, on January 28th, Heath Kelsey, Alex Fries, and I traveled to Guam from Hawaii. Guam is a U.S. territory and is one island in the chain of islands that make up the Mariana archipelago. Guam has a population of approximately 165,000, but with several military bases and a strong tourism business, the number of people on the island can fluctuate significantly. Top:

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