View over the upper Patuxent River from the observation tower at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary. This stretch was paddled during the last day of the 4-day Patuxent Sojourn paddle.

Advancing the Patuxent River Watershed

2022-07-01 — 2022-12-31

The Patuxent River is a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed is home to protected wetlands, bald eagles, valuable local history, and a growing population of residents. UMCES aims to produce a report card assessing social, economic, and environmental conditions in and around the Patuxent, with the goal of engaging members of the community to preserve and restore this essential Maryland river.

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Development of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Indicator

2022-01-01 —

To facilitate watershed management, watershed models are often developed and used to assess the expected impact of scenarios of past and future management policies and practices and the impact of watershed conditions. However, the level of load reductions estimated using monitoring data often does not match with model predictions, leading to questions around the level of effort and investment being made in restoration activities and the reliability of the model.

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Rogue River Report Card Facilitation and Training

2021-10-25 — 2023-03-01

The Rogue River region faces challenges that require innovative solutions. Habitat loss, invasive species, stream-side development, and other factors put watershed health at risk. The Rogue River Watershed Council strives to engage people of all ages and levels of education while working with organizations and landowners to conserve and improve streams and the land that surrounds them. Their work is vital to the community, land, and wildlife in the region because we all depend on water.

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Pacific Ocean Pathways in Support of Sustainable Development

2021-08-01 — 2023-10-31

Project Summary … PacPath is a Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action (CRA) funded by national funding agencies in France, Germany, and the USA. The project is a partnership among 13 institutions and researchers in France, Germany, Fiji, and New Caledonia to generate common understanding of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14, Life Below Water) in the South Pacific region.

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Expanding the Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card

2021-07-01 — 2022-12-30

The Integration and Application Network (IAN) has been working with the Harte Research Institute (HRI) since 2012 with the long-term goal of establishing a report card for the Gulf of Mexico. In 2019, we published the first Texas Coast Ecosystem Health Report Card as a significant first step towards this goal.

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Series of maps of Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) footprints in the U.S.

Landscape Exchange Network for Socio-Environmental Systems (LENS)

2021-07-01 — 2026-08-31

Addressing many of the challenges society faces, including climate change, food and water insecurity, and biodiversity loss, requires a better understanding of the interactions between people and their environment. Important interactions depend on scale (e.g., individuals, communities, government) and environmental conditions, suggesting the value in a landscape perspective.

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Report Cards for the Clinton, Detroit, Huron, River Raisin, and Rouge Rivers

2021-07-01 — 2024-06-30

IAN is partnering with Council Fire, LLC, the Erb Family Foundation, and The Clinton River Watershed Council, Friends of the Detroit River, Huron River Watershed Council, River Raisin Watershed Council, and Friends of the Rouge River, to create socio-environmental report cards for these 5 rivers, and a report card that integrates the results into an assessment of the Detroit Michigan region.

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State of the Bays Data Analysis and Visualization

2021-04-01 — 2022-03-01

The Delaware Center for Inland Bays is working to oversee and facilitate the implementation of a long-term approach for the wise use and enhancement of the Inland Bays watershed. The Center’s mission is “to preserve, protect and restore Delaware’s Inland Bays and their watershed,” which is achieved through education, outreach, science & research, restoration, and public policy.

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Cuando River Basin Report Card

2021-03-09 — 2022-06-03

The initial workshop to develop the Cuando River Basin Report Card took place from 9–11 March, 2020 in Kasane, Botswana. More than 35 diverse stakeholders from 19 institutions came together at this workshop to conceptualize the river basin, create a shared vision, and discuss indicators for the Cuando River Basin Report Card. The report card aims to strengthen transboundary water governance and inclusive decision making mechanisms across the four countries that the basin transverses:

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Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation (COAST Card)

2021-02-25 — 2025-02-28

The Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation (COAST) Card is a transnational and transdisciplinary research program funded through the Belmont Forum, a consortium of research funders that have targeted funds towards research that engages stakeholders into a co-design and co-development process, to foster solutions to global sustainability challenges. The project brings together researchers from the United States, Philippines, Norway, India, and Japan.

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