IAN Projects

The Integration and Application Network partners with a large and diverse group of organizations on great projects with local to global impacts. Each project is new, unique, and important. Our partnerships are designed improve capacity in environmental assessment, community engagement, and create new scientific insights. Browse our current projects below to get an understanding of what we do and how we do it, or click here to view our past projects.

Translating USGS Science into Management Products

Project Dates : May 01, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Translation of scientific research into accessible documents is relevant to USGS’s overall mission and goals but specifically germane to the Chesapeake Bay science and restoration community. The Chesapeake Bay Program partnership, in which the USGS plays a key role, is working toward restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The objective of this project is to translate and synthesize existing USGS scientific research and knowledge into communication products to inform conservation and restoration throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and other critical landscapes.

Chesapeake Bay Report Card Expansion

Project Dates : January 01, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Incorporating novel indicators into the Chesapeake Bay Report Card. Make key improvements to the Chesapeake Bay Report Card, which has served since 2006 as the definitive source for ecosystem health status in the Bay and tidal tributaries. The project will improve the Chesapeake Bay Report Card process and product by incorporating recent lessons learned, incorporating new design elements, developing indicators for non-tidal watershed areas, and adding social, cultural, and economically relevant values.

Mississippi River Report Card 2020

Project Dates : September 12, 2019 - December 31, 2020

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International Seagrass Biology Workshop and World Seagrass Conference Planning

Project Dates : August 01, 2019 - August 31, 2020

In partner with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, UMCES is sponsoring the World Seagrass Conference & International Seagrass Biology Workshop to be held in Annapolis, Maryland, 9-14 August 2020. The theme of WSC 2020 and ISBW 14, “Signs of Success: Reversing the Course of Seagrass Degradation," is inspired by recent successes in the conservation, resurgence, and restoration of seagrasses. The Chesapeake Bay, the location of this year's meeting, is a perfect example of such success.

Development of the Verde River Watershed Report Card

Project Dates : November 01, 2018 - February 29, 2020

The purpose of this project is to create a watershed health report card in consultation with local stakeholders to effectively measure the social, ecologic, and economic health of the Verde River. In doing so, actions will be leveraged to ensure the continued health of the watershed, and awareness of the significance of the watershed will be increased to support the livelihood and health of local communities.

University of South Carolina Oceans and Human Health Center: Support of Community Engagement Core

Project Dates : September 30, 2018 - February 28, 2021

UMCES is working with the University of South Carolina Center for Oceans and Human Health to develop a work plan to help lead community engagement and research synthesis activities for the Community Engagement Core. The plan is envisioned to include stakeholder and researcher workshops to enhance two-way communication between community interests and the research communities. This will enhance the relevance and importance of the research to community needs, as well as improve awareness of issues related to pathogenic bacteria and toxic algae to local users.

Western Lake Erie Report Card

Project Dates : July 01, 2018 - August 31, 2020

The western Lake Erie basin is the shallowest basin in Lake Erie and the shallowest of the Great Lakes, making it the warmest, and most biologically active, which has allowed for large economic and recreational opportunities. The western Lake Erie watershed has some areas with dense population, millions of acres of agricultural land, and some highly industrialized lands, which results in downstream impacts to the Lake, including large algal blooms.

National Park Service Offshore Assateague Water Quality

Project Dates : March 01, 2018 - October 08, 2020

IAN has teamed up with oceanographers at our home campus of Horn Point Laboratory and at the Department of Natural Resources in order to revisit a growing concern of algal blooms off Assateague Island National Seashore on the Southern Eastern Shore. IAN's role in this project involves synthesizing data collected offshore and helping to establish relevant thresholds for offshore nutrient data, as well as aiding in communication of the studies data and findings.

Ecosystem Based Management: An Analysis of National Needs and Opportunities by the Cooperative Institute for the North Atlantic Region (CINAR)

Project Dates : July 01, 2017 - June 30, 2019

Ecosystem based management (EBM) is a holistic and adaptive approach to developing effective policies for ensuring ecosystem sustainability, food and water security, and improved human health outcomes for future generations. Informed by science, it incorporates the entire ecosystem, including humans, into resource management decisions. Importantly, EBM explicitly considers tradeoffs in resource uses while protecting and sustaining diverse and productive ecosystems and the services they provide.

Belmont Forum workshop facilitation, support, and communication

Project Dates : November 01, 2016 - March 01, 2018

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.