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Lower Kafue River Basin Report Card (Page 1)

Lower Kafue River Basin 2019 Report Card

Simon Costanzo, Heath Kelsey, Annie Carew, Emily Nastase, Brianne Walsh ·
5 October 2020

The first-ever Lower Kafue River Basin Report Card examines the health of the Kafue River in Zambia. Sixteen indicators in five categories were assessed across seven regions within the basin. The basin received a moderate score of 49, a C, illustrating that some regions of the basin are in better condition than others. This report card includes a detailed summary of the process and indicators as well as proposed management interventions and strategic actions to improve basin and river health.

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Western Lake Erie Report Card (Page 1)

Western Lake Erie 1st Report Card

Alexandra Fries, Brianne Walsh, Annie Carew ·
14 August 2020

About one-third of the total population of the Great Lakes Basin lives within the Lake Erie Watershed. The lake provides drinking water for 11 million residents and is home to one of the largest freshwater commercial and recreational fisheries in the world. The lake and surrounding areas provide many recreational opportunities, such as camping, kayaking, boating, hiking, birding, and fishing, and are vital to the economy of the region.

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Evaluating Transdisciplinary Approaches (Page 1)

Evaluating Transdisciplinary Approaches

Emily Nastase, Heath Kelsey, Bill Dennison, Max Hermanson, Katie May Laumann, Sky Swanson ·
28 July 2020

The Evaluating Transdisciplinary Approaches Workshop was convened by the Belmont Forum at the National Science Foundation and facilitated by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in Alexandria, VA, USA on 26–28 June 2019. Participants of the workshop are part of a growing community of transdisciplinary research supporters and practitioners. Their efforts contribute to our fundamental and applied understanding of complex systems.

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Kwando River Basin Report Card Stakeholder Workshop Summary (Page 1)

Kwando River Basin Report Card Stakeholder Workshop Summary

Annie Carew, Simon Costanzo, Heath Kelsey ·
2 June 2020

This newsletter summarizes outputs from the initial stakeholder workshop to develop the Kwando River Basin Report Card. The workshop took place from 9–11 March 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 Kwando River Basin Report Card.

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2019 Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Report Card (Page 1)

2019 Chesapeake Bay & Watershed Report Card

Alexandra Fries, Sky Swanson, Dylan Taillie, Caroline Donovan, Max Hermanson, Heath Kelsey ·
19 May 2020

This report card provides a transparent, timely, and geographically detailed assessment of Chesapeake Bay. Since 2016, UMCES has engaged stakeholders throughout the watershed to transform the report card into an evaluation of the Chesapeake Watershed health. Watershed health includes traditional ecosystem indicators, but also social, economic, and cultural indicators. This is the first year the watershed has been scored, using five indicators of ecological and socioeconomic health.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for Florida's coral reef

Erica Towle, Erick Geiger, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Shay Viehman, Matthew Johnson, Jeremiah Blondeau, Jennifer Stein, Matt Gorstein, Amanda Borque, Alejandro Acosta, Meaghan Johnson, Mike Feeley, Francisco Pagan, Lauri MacLaughlin, Kathryn Lohr, Caitlin Lustic, Karen Bohnsack, Jim Bohnsack, Derek Manzello, Ian Enochs, Jennifer Koss, Kimberly Edwards, Peter Edwards, Andy Bruckner, Sara Thanner, Jennifer Herbig, Kelly Montenero, Dana Wusinich-Mendez, Kurtis Gregg, Chris Kelble, Tom Moore, Leanne Rutten, Philip Kramer, Pat Quinn, Erick Ault, Jerald Ault, Sarah Fangman, Chloe Fleming, David Gilliam, Kirk Kilfoyle, Brian Walker, Diego Lirman. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. Florida's Coral Reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for Puerto Rico

Antares Alvarez, Eileen Alicea, Helena Antoun, Jeremiah Blondeau, Ernesto Diaz, Caroline Donovan, Kimberly Edwards, Peter Edwards, Ian Enochs, Tania Metz Estrella, Chloe Fleming, Nate Formel, Reni Garcia, Erick Geiger, Matt Gorstein, Melissa Gonzalez, Sean Griffin, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Miguel Figuerola Hernandez, Matthew Johnson, Chris Jeffrey, Aurora Justiniano-Santos, Heath Kelsey, Nilda Jimenez Marrero, Derek Manzello, Nathan Miller, Michael Nemeth, Hector Ruiz, Jorge Sabater, Erica Towle, Orian Tzadik, Michelle Schärer-Umpierre, Shay Viehman, Ernesto Weil, and Stacey Williams. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The Puerto Rico coral reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide communities and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for the Flower Garden Banks (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for the Flower Garden Banks

This status report is a joint product of NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Science communication, design, and layout by Nathan Miller, Caroline Donovan, Heath Kelsey, Max Hermanson, and Annie Carew. March 2020. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The Flower Garden Banks coral reef status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information that helps us manage and conserve coral reef ecosystems.

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Coral reef condition: A status report for the U.S. Virgin Islands (Page 1)

Coral reef condition: A status report for the U.S. Virgin Islands

Jeremiah Blondeau, Marilyn Brandt, Mark Eakin, Kimberly Edwards, Kitty Edwards, Peter Edwards, Ian Enochs, Mike Feeley, Chloe Fleming, Nate Formel, Erick Geiger, Matt Gorstein, Jay Grove, Sarah Groves, Leslie Henderson, Marlon Hibbert, Nathaniel Holloway, Matt Johnson, Thomas Kelley, Heath Kelsey, Jennifer Koss, Derek Manzello, Caroline Pott, Tyler Smith, Erica Towle, Shay Viehman. ·
14 May 2020

Effective coral reef conservation cannot be accomplished without an informed and engaged public. This status report is part of an ongoing series of documents to track the status and trends of coral reefs across the U.S. and its territories. The USVI coral status report is part of a larger effort to provide the public and decision-makers with information about managing and conserving coral reef ecosystems.

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