The New BES

The original guiding questions for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) are instances of the three most fundamental things that researchers can ask: How is the system I am interested in put together and how does it change through time? How does the system interact with and influence matter and energy flows? What difference does this […]

The Journal, Nature, Highlights Cities.

The journal Nature has featured the need for research in urban areas in its October 20th issue. The editors introduce the issue in an editorial that says, in part: “Scientists are city people. More than one-tenth of the workforce in the Washington DC metropolitan area are scientists and engineers. Beijing has more than 160,000 professionals […]

Baltimore Ecosystem Study: Renewal Proposal

The Baltimore Ecosystem Study LTER renewal proposal was submitted for the February 1st 2010 deadline. This was a massive effort involving the contributions of more than forty researchers, educators, community practitioners, and administrative and information management staff. The proposal emerged from a series of meetings begun more than two years ago. These meetings, which have […]

Adaptive Capacity of the Baltimore Socio-Ecological System: A Discussion Document for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study

Adaptive Capacity of the Baltimore Socio-Ecological System: A Discussion Document for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study This essay lays out thoughts on guiding questions and conceptual approaches to guide research and synthesis in the third phase of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES III). It is intended to help inform the planning meeting on Tuesday, October 20, […]

BES Integrated Theory Planning Meeting

Planning Meeting #4 for BES 3 “New Hydro-Ecological-Social Theory”8:30 AM – 5:00 PM June 23rd, 2009Preliminary AgendaMeeting Goals• Develop an intellectual framework for understanding the interaction between human communities, terrestrial landscapes, and the hydrologic system. • Brainstorm new approaches for characterizing the state and condition of watersheds and streams and how future ecosystem functions and […]

Discussion Questions for Land Change and Locational Choice Meeting

1. What aspects of land use and or land change (LU/LC) change is most important to you? What are the drivers? Impacts? 2. What are the relevant policies (existing, hypothetical)?3. What does sustainability or resilience mean to you? How is it best defined/represented/modeled/operationalized?4. What are the biggest challenges that cities will have to solve in […]

Food for Thought: Land Change and Locational Choice Meeting

BES Quarterly Meeting – Planning for Renewal – April 16, 2009 Topic: Land Change Scenarios and Locational Choice ModelingOrganizers: Elena Irwin and Mary Cadenasso (1) What aspects of land use/land cover (LULC) change are the most important from your perspective? What are the drivers? What are the impacts? The peri-urban fringe I suspect will continue […]

Keeping up in BES

This year, I will focus here on activities related to the preparation of our renewal proposal for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study. We anticipate the proposal will be due in early 2010. But there are many important and interesting things going on in BES besides our planning for the renewal. One of them is the launch […]

BES April 16 Planning Meeting

All researchers, educators, and collaborators of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study are encouraged to attend the next in our series of planning meetings for the 2010 renewal proposal. Planning Meeting #3 for BES 3 “Land Change Scenario and Locational Choice Modeling” 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM April 16, 2009Technology Research Center, UMBC Campus Leaders: M.L. Cadenasso […]

BES Renewal To Use New Version of ISSE

As stated in the previous post, the Baltimore Ecosystem Study has chosen to use the human-biophysical system feedback loop produced by the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. This conceptual tool is sometimes called the Integrated Science for Society and Environment loop. The LTER Network has produced two versions of the loop, and during our 23 […]