Chesapeake Center for Collaborative Computing (C4 Continuation)

2019-04-01 — 2025-03-31

Continuation and improvement of the Chesapeake Center for Collaborative Computing (C4) under US EPA cooperative agreement CB-96365601. C4 provides computing and IT infrastructure and support for the Chesapeake Bay Program, particularly cloud computing resources, support, administration, and coordination.

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Development of an Ecosystem Health Report Card for Bhitarkanika National Park, Odisha, India

2019-01-01 — 2021-05-01

UMCES Integration and Application Network has been working with the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM) since 2012 to develop science-based solutions for coastal communities. This project is a collaborative effort of NCSCM, UMCES, and the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change to develop an ecosystem health report card for Bhitarkanika Conservation Area in Odisha, India.

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Development of the Verde River Watershed Report Card

2018-10-15 — 2020-03-01

The purpose of this project is to create a watershed health report card in consultation with local stakeholders to effectively measure the social, ecologic and economic health of the Verde River watershed. In doing so, actions will be leveraged to ensure the continued health of the watershed and awareness of the significance of the watershed will be increased to support the livelihood and health of local communities.

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Support of Community Engagement Core

2018-09-30 —

UMCES is working with the University of South Carolina Center for Oceans and Human Health to develop a work plan to help lead community engagement and research synthesis activities for the Community Engagement Core. The plan is envisioned to include stakeholder and researcher workshops to enhance two-way communication between community interests and the research communities.

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Blue River Report Card

2018-08-01 — 2020-01-01

The Heartland Conservation Alliance proactively conserves, protects, and restores natural lands and open space within the Kansas City region, benefitting the community and future generations by improving water quality, creating recreational opportunities, protecting life and property, and preserving natural and cultural heritage. The Blue River is located in Greater Kansas City.

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Western Lake Erie Report Card Development and Production

2018-07-01 — 2020-08-31

The purpose of this project is to create an ecosystem health report card in consultation with local stakeholders to effectively measure the nutrients and water quality of western Lake Erie. In doing so, actions will be leveraged to ensure the continued health of the lake and awareness of the significance of the lake will be increased to support the livelihood and health of local communities.

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UMCES Institutional Assessment

2018-06-04 — 2019-12-31

UMCES received accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. As part of the accreditation process, UMCES needs to assess and communicate its goals better. The Institutional Assessment evaluates how successful UMCES is at meeting its goals of scientific research, public service, and education. We will do this by working through the 5-step report card process and producing a report card-like assessment for public consumption.

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Ministry for the Environment and Climate Change Report Card Training Workshop

2018-05-01 — 2018-08-31

The primary objective of this project is a two-day training for staff of the MOECC, as well as partner Great Lakes ministries, such as Natural Resources Forestry (MNRF) and Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The training will focus on the development of performance measures, in accordance with the requirements under the Great Lakes Protection Act.

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Development of SAV Monitoring Methods, Manuals, and Certification for Citizen Science in Chesapeake Bay

2018-03-01 — 2019-03-31

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) scientists and managers rely on data collected by volunteers to study SAV and assess conservation and restoration needs. Although various citizen science initiatives currently survey SAV in the Chesapeake Bay, no standardized data collection protocol exists to ensure that all of these initiatives use the same methodology or collect the same data.

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Offshore Assateague Water Quality

2018-03-01 — 2022-03-01

IAN has teamed up with oceanographers at our home campus of Horn Point Laboratory and at the Department of Natural Resources in order to revisit a growing concern of algal blooms off Assateague Island National Seashore on the Southern Eastern Shore. IAN's role in this project involves synthesizing data collected offshore and helping to establish relevant thresholds for offshore nutrient data, as well as aiding in communication of the studies data and findings.

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