Projects for Heath Kelsey

Luangwa River Basin Report Card

2024-04-27 —

This project builds on the longstanding partnership between UMCES and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), known as Healthy Rivers for All. This partnership has resulted in basin health report cards for the Lower Kafue Basin in Zambia, the Kwando Basin spanning Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, and Angola, the Rio Grande River in the USA, the Orinoco River in Colombia, South America and the Tuul River in Mongolia.

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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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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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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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Photo by Paul Tashjian.

Rio Grande Resilient Basin Report Card

2020-07-01 — 2023-07-01

WWF with partners in the region will be developing a ‘Resilient Basin Report Card’ to assesses the challenges in the Upper Rio Grande sub-basin and provide recommendations on climate-smart responses to address them.

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Coastal Adaptation Report Card 2021

2020-03-01 — 2022-02-01

Through increased funding, planning, regulation, and restoration, Maryland has become a leader in coastal and climate adaptation. There is, however, a need to clarify adaptation goals to measure progress and hold the state accountable.

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