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Communicating Science for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study

The theme of the BES Quarterly Research Meeting on Tuesday 5 April is Communicating Science. Featured speakers include Tim Wheeler of the Baltimore Sun, Julie Palakovich Carr from American Institute of Biological Sciences, and science writer Rebecca Wolf. Contributors also include BES members Mary Cadenasso, Brian McGrath, and Steward Pickett. Topics include Communicating Effectively with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Baltimore Watershed Featured in Chesapeake Quarterly

  The activity in the West Baltimore storm drain watershed number 263 continues to attract attention. This unusual combination of research, community engagement, and partnership with city agencies is aimed at improving quality of life and of environment in this 930 acre amalgamation of some 11 neighborhoods. The work was featured in the June 2008 […]