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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.

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.

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.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Evaluation of Multi-Year Data Sets to Establish Status and Trends of Environmental Restoration Success in the Everglades

Project Dates : September 30, 2016 - September 30, 2019

The purpose of this project is to evaluate recent scientific findings that demonstrate progress towards restoration goals for the Everglades, identify research gaps related to the function of the Everglades ecosystem, and to make recommendations for management decisions based on those findings. This system status assessment will be used to convey these findings for the system as a whole and regions of the Everglades to public resource managers and stakeholders.

NOAA Beach Water Quality Prediction Mobile App Development

Project Dates : February 01, 2012 - March 30, 2020

In partnership with the University of South Carolina and SECOORA, we first developed a mobile app that displays predictions of water quality at 31 locations along the beach at Myrtle Beach, SC. Daily predictions are created using statistical models that incorporate data from remote sensing and ocean observing system sensors.

IAN Science Communication Courses

A keystone of the Integration and Application Network is effectively communicating science to a broad audience. This one- to three-day course provides participants with a science communication toolbox for effectively communicating their data.