Chesapeake Bay Report Card Expansion

2018-01-01 — 2021-09-30

Incorporating novel indicators into the Chesapeake Bay Report Card. Make key improvements to the Chesapeake Bay Report Card, which has served since 2006 as the definitive source for ecosystem health status in the Bay and tidal tributaries.

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Chesapeake Bay Tributary Summaries

2018-01-01 —

The Chesapeake Bay Program and the U.S. Geologic Survey are compiling tributary basin summaries for 12 major tributaries or tributary groups in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. These summaries summarize the following information: (1) How tidal water quality changes over time; (2) How factors that drive those changes change over time; and (3) Current state of the science on connecting change in aquatic conditions to its drivers.

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Future Earth Coasts Partnership

2018-01-01 — 2020-05-01

IAN has maintained a robust relationship with the Future Earths Coasts (FEC) group since their inception in 2015. This group has an overarching goal of strengthening the science-policy interface and contributing to sustainable coastal futures in the new epoch called the Anthropocene. IAN has had the unique opportunity of helping the group at FEC to refine these goals and realize a vision to accomplish these goals.

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Harriet Tubman Railroad Natural Resource Condition Assessment

2018-01-01 — 2019-03-31

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 Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park in Maryland, 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.

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Nutrient Limitation in Chesapeake Bay and its Tributaries

2018-01-01 —

This project is aimed toward better understanding nutrient limitation of phytoplankton in Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. Leveraging novel statistical approaches and long-term monitoring data sets from the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership, this project helps understand whether nutrient limitation patterns have changed in response to decades of nutrient reduction efforts.

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Chesapeake Behavior Change Website

2017-11-01 —

The Chesapeake Behavior Change website is an open collection of outreach campaigns focused on changing behaviors or practices of target audiences that reduce their impact on the local environment. When it comes to cleaning up our local waters, communities, and the environment, everyone needs to do their part.

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Sudbury, Assabet, Concord Rivers Report Card Workshop and Staff Training

2017-09-15 — 2019-03-15

OARS, a watershed organization working on the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers in Massachusetts, has been interested in preparing a report card summarizing the health of the three rivers for some time. The Sudbury-Assabet-Concord (SuAsCo) is a small watershed in eastern Massachusetts, with both developed and natural areas. UMCES will facilitate an initial project workshop to work through elements of the 5-step report card process.

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Tuul River Basin Report Card Development

2017-07-03 — 2019-03-29

UMCES and WWF have partnered to facilitate the development of Report Cards in many iconic and threatened river basins across the world. UMCES, WWF, and the Tuul River Basin Authority are collaborating on the development of a river basin report card in the heart of Mongolia. UMCES is participating in a series of workshops as trainers, assisting WWF-Mongolia in the development of the report card, including troubleshooting and providing guidance as the Report Card progresses.

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Ecosystem Based Management: An Analysis of National Needs and Opportunities by the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR)

2017-07-01 — 2019-06-30

Ecosystem based management (EBM) is a holistic and adaptive approach to developing effective policies for ensuring ecosystem sustainability, food and water security, and improved human health outcomes for future generations. Informed by science, it incorporates the entire ecosystem, including humans, into resource management decisions. Importantly, EBM explicitly considers tradeoffs in resource uses while protecting and sustaining diverse and productive ecosystems and the services they provide.

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Tennessee River Basin Report Card

2017-03-01 — 2018-03-01

The Appalachian Landscape Conservation Cooperative (AppLCC) has partnered with both the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences Integration and Application Network and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences Appalachian Laboratory (to create a comprehensive report card for the Tennessee River Basin region.

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