Projects for Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen

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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Coastal Ocean Assessment for Sustainability and Transformation (COAST Card)

2021-02-25 — 2025-02-25

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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edX Professional Certificate in Environmental Management for Sustainability

2020-12-01 — 2022-07-31

Do you want to “change the conversation” and guide society toward solutions for complex resilience and sustainability challenges that benefit present and future generations? This Professional Certificate program is comprised of four knowledge-rich courses including: Strategic Communication for Sustainability Leaders, Storytelling with Data Using Socio-environmental Report Cards, The Science Advisory Toolbox for Environmental Management, and Innovative Environmental Management Models:

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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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Belmont Forum workshop facilitation, support, and communication

2016-11-01 — 2018-03-01

IAN has teamed up with Belmont Forum members to design and faciltate meetings as well as produce communication tools. We are developing surveys, create meeting materials and agendas, generating templates and videos, and distributing summary documents to achieve programmatic goals and focus efforts to further the success of the Belmont Forum.

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Upper Potomac Headwaters Report Card 2015

2015-09-02 — 2015-12-10

This report card was produced in December 2015 by The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and represents a joint effort of graduate students and faculty in the Marine Estuarine Environmental Sciences program at the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg and the Integration and Application Network. The report card provides an assessment of stream health in the Upper Potomac Headwaters region upstream of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.

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WWF UMCES Partnership

2014-09-01 —

WWF and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences seek to empower stakeholders around the world to develop and effectively use credible, locally owned report cards in their basins, fostering sustainable water management across basins around the world.

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MEES Courses

2014-01-01 —

The UMCES Integration and Applicatoin Network regularly teaches multiple MSc. and PhD. level courses through the University of Marylands Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Sciences Graduate Program. Our courses range from Science Visualization to Issues Study Groups on Environmental Justice indicators, and are generally taught on annual or bi-annual cycles. To learn more, visit https://www.mees.umd.edu/ .

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Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de Bay, Philippines

2013-12-01 — 2016-02-08

IAN is involved in the development of the first Ecosystem Health Report Card for Laguna de Bay, the largest freshwater lake in the Philippines. This project is jointly implemented by the Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia Resource Facility (PRF) and the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), under the UNEP/GEF Project on Global Foundations for Reducing Nutrient Enrichment and Oxygen Depletion from Land-based Pollution in Support of Global Nutrient Cycle.

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Development of the Mississippi River Watershed Report Card

2013-05-07 —

This project will help facilitate, assess, and produce the America's Watershed Initiative Report Card. The report card will describe the health of the Mississippi River Basin based on six main goals (water supply, flood risk reduction, economies, ecosystems, recreational, and transportation).

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