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Tuul River Basin Report Card 2019 (Page 1)

Tuul River Basin Report Card 2019

Simon Costanzo, Dylan Taillie ·
22 March 2019

The Tuul River Basin Report Card—the first of its kind in Mongolia—assesses the basin's health through social, environmental and economic values that can be tracked over time in response to management actions and/or external pressures. The Tuul River Basin has been evaluated in this assessment as “moderate” health or ‘C’, meaning urgent management interventions are required to maintain the health of the river.

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Conceptual Framework for Assessing Ecosystem Health (Page 1)

Conceptual Framework for Assessing Ecosystem Health

Harwell MA, Gentile JH, McKinney LD, Tunnell Jr JW, Dennison WC, Kelsey RH, Stanzel KM, Stunz GW, Withers K, and Tunnell J ·

Over the past century, the environment of the Gulf of Mexico has been significantly altered and impaired by extensive human activities. A national commitment to restore the Gulf was finally initiated in response to the unprecedented Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Consequently, there is a critical need for an assessment framework and associated set of indicators that can characterize the health and sustainability of an ecosystem having the scale and complexity of the Gulf.

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment  (Page 1)

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park Natural Resource Condition Assessment 

Engelhardt K, Lookingbill T, Bukach N, Latimer M, Ratliff K, Gifford R, Baek J, Hurlbert O, Rizzo A, and Walsh B ·
1 March 2019

Natural Resource Condition Assessments (NRCAs) assess and report on park resource conditions and are meant to complement traditional issue and threat-based resource assessments. NRCAs report on current conditions, trends, and critical data gaps for a subset of natural resource indicators.

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Healthy Rivers for All (Page 1)

Healthy Rivers for All

Brianne Walsh, Alexandra Fries, Heath Kelsey ·
29 January 2019

The world’s waters are threatened by a host of problems. Impacts from human activities like development and overuse are exacerbated by changes in climate and increased competition by different societal interests, putting vulnerable communities and ecosystems at risk. Creating a sustainable balance of water needs for both nature and people is challenging. It will require people that are competing for water resources to work together in new collaborations and partnerships.

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Developing a Report Card for the Verde River Watershed (Page 1)

Verde River Watershed Report Card 1st Newsletter

Nov. 13–14, 2018 Stakeholder workshop summary

Emily Nastase, Alexandra Fries, Andrew Elmore ·
22 January 2019

This newsletter summarizes outputs from the initial stakeholder workshop to develop the Verde River Watershed Report Card. The objectives of the workshop were to: i) introduce the project and agree on expected outcomes; ii) begin the process of developing a report card; and, iii) define the geographic scope of the report card, indicators, thresholds, data sources, and communication plan.

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Maryland Sea Level Rise: Projections for Maryland 2018 (Page 1)

Sea Level Rise: Projections for Maryland 2018

Boesch, DF, Boicourt WC, Cullather RI, Ezer T, Galloway GE Jr, Johnson ZP, Kilbourne KH, Kirwan ML, Kopp RE, Land S, Li M, Nardin W, Sommerfield CK, and Sweet WV ·
11 January 2019

In fulfillment of requirements of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change Act of 2015, this report provides updated projections of the amount of sea-level rise relative to Maryland coastal lands that is expected into the next century. These projections represent the consensus of an Expert Group drawn from the Mid-Atlantic region.

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2018 Status Report Scoring Methodology for Pacific Jurisdictions (Page 1)

2018 Status Report Scoring Methodology for Pacific Jurisdictions

Donovan C, Kimball J, Swanson D, Couch C, Vargas-Angel B, Williams I, Heenan A, Oliver T, Brainard R, Gorstein M, Levine A, Edwards P, Loerzel J, Eakin M, Geiger E, Kelsey H, Fries A ·
19 December 2018

This technical document summarizes the methodology for the indicator calculations and scoring for coral reef status reports of the Pacific jurisdictions: American Samoa, Hawaiian Archipelago, Pacific Remote Islands, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands.

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