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Guanabara Bay watershed, under stress, earns D grade

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), along with local partners, released the Guanabara Bay Environmental Health Report Card—the first of its kind in Brazil—to track progress of global water management goals.
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Chasing the mystery behind bioluminescence in Puerto Rico

A group of undergraduates from two Puerto Rican universities, with help from two University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science researchers, spent a week investigating the plankton behind the consistent bioluminescence in a Puerto Rican bay as part of a new research and education center that Maryland Sea Grant College established with funding from the National Science Foundation.
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Chesapeake Bay Report Card shows steady recovery

The overall health of Chesapeake Bay improved in 2016, a positive sign that recovery efforts are working. The largest estuary in the nation scored a C grade (54%) in the 2016 report card, one of the highest scores calculated by UMCES scientists.
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Scientists investigate climate changes in forests

Appalachian Laboratory researchers found forests demand more soil nitrogen in earlier springs, and set out in search of more answers, including how fast are forests changing and what are the consequences?
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Climate change already affecting Chesapeake Bay region

Victoria Coles and Raleigh Hood, two scientists from University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory, have spent the past two years working with a postdoctoral scholar Kari St.Laurent, compiling data and using it to tell a story of climate change in the region that people can understand.
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Mission accomplished

The winners of the Nutrient Sensor Challenge were announced at a special awards session at the Association for the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography Aquatic Sciences (ASLO) meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Thursday, March 2.
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