09 January 2017

BES Quarterly Research Meeting Tuesday, January 17, 2017

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
Technology Research Center (TRC), Room 206

We will address three topics during this meeting:

1)  a new conceptual model, overarching questions, hypotheses and experimental plan for the BES probationary renewal proposal,
2)  breakout sessions for the Watershed, Biodiversity and Social Science teams to meet and discuss the new conceptual model, questions, hypotheses, etc and
3)  a discussion of long-term climate data needs for Baltimore with a focus on what is needed for disaster and all hazards planning.

The “climate data” session will feature a series of short presentations by people who have been thinking about/working with long-term climate data in the region.  If you would like to make a presentation in this session, please contact Peter Groffman (groffmanp@caryinstitute.org) so that you can be added to the agenda.


8:30            Gather and Schmooze

9:00 – 11:00: Presentation and discussion of new conceptual model, overarching  questions, hypotheses and experimental plan for the BES probationary renewal proposal.  Emma Rosi-Marshall 

11:00 – 2:00  Breakouts for Hydrology, Biodiversity and Social teams to meet and discuss the new conceptual model, questions, hypotheses, etc.  With lunch.

2:00 – 4:00:  Discussion of long-term climate data for Baltimore.
·            What is needed for the Disaster Preparedness Plan (DP3), All Hazards Management Plan (AHMP) and SLR.  Kristin Baja (unconfirmed)
·            Regional Climate Trends – John Dillow and Bob Shedlock
·            Climate Trends Analysis in BES – Ellen Woytowitz
·            Climate data sources – Bernice Rosenzweig
       ·            NEXRAD rainfall data for spatial and temporal patterns and links to models (Jim Smith, presented by Peter Groffman).

4:00            Adjourn

27 October 2016

International Conference on Sustainable Development 2017 Canada

August 09 -10, 2017
"Innovating Ideas for a Better World"

Conference Location
Carleton Conference Centre
Carleton University
"Canada's Capital University"
River Building
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

 Ontario, K1S 5B6 Canada

Major Themes
1. Development
2. Economics
3. Environment and Natural Resources
4. Food and Agriculture
5. Governance
6. Health
7. Information and communication
8. Science and technology
9. Social policy
10. Gender equality


International Conference on Sustainable Development 2017
jointly presented by
International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Law (ICIRL),
Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy (CRSJP)
at Laurentian University and
Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA), Canada

ICSD 2017 Canada conference has the following objectives,
  • to provide an interdisciplinary forum on global sustainable development for practitioners and academics;
  • to foster dialogue among various stakeholders, including senior level policy makers, academics, and practitioners;
  • to propose multidisciplinary strategies for economic, sociopolitical, cultural, and institutional changes;
  • to allow stakeholders to share their experiences and research results about all aspects of sustainable human and social development;
  • to discuss the practical challenges encountered in promoting sustainable development and the solutions adopted; and
  • to find global partners for future business or research collaborations.
Important Dates
Last Day to submit Abstract / Paper / Presentation - July 05, 2017
Last date to Issue Notification of acceptance - July 09, 2017
Last date to submit final paper and authors' registration - July 10, 2017

Conference dates: August 09 - August 10, 2017

Post Conference Tour: August 11, 2017
Canadian Parliament and Governor General’s Official Residence

Note: Abstracts/Papers, acceptances issued on a rolling basis until July 10, 2017.Please submit your Abstract/Paper early as possible
Paper Submission
All full text papers and abstracts will be peer reviewed and evaluated based on originality, technical and/or research content/depth, correctness, relevance to conference. The submissions will be chosen based on technical merit, interest, applicability, and how well they fit a coherent and balanced technical program. Prospective authors are kindly invited to submit full text papers and abstracts via email in a MS word .doc, .docx file format to the oida@ontariointernational.org .
Please submit your paper or/and abstract to the respective conference early as possible.

Journal Publication

Conference abstracts will be published on Conference Proceedings (ISSN 1923-6670) and selected papers on the OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development ISSN 1923-6654 (print) 1923-6662 (online). OIDA IJSD Journal also can access here. All submitted papers will have opportunities for consideration.

The selection will be carried out during the review process as well as at the conference presentation stage. Submitted papers must not be under consideration by any other journal or publication. The final decision will be made based on peer review reports. All accepted papers will be indexed in SSRN, EBSCO and AMICUS, Library and Archives Canada's database to ensure their permanent preservation for present and future generations. The abstracts of conference proceedings will be published prior to the conference and electronic copy distributed to all registered participants at the conference.

OIDA would be extremely grateful if you could assist us by disseminating the information related to ICSD 2017 Ottawa, Canada amongst your staff and institutional network.

 If you required more information, please contact our office.
Conference Secretariat
Ontario International Development Agency
364 Moffatt Pond Court, Ottawa,
Ontario, K2J 0C7 Canada.
Tel: + 1 613 612 7615
e-mail: oida@ontariointernational.org
website: www.ontariointernational.org

12 October 2016

Baltimore Ecosystem Study Annual Meeting Agenda - 19-20 October

Updated 10-16-16

Baltimore Ecosystem Study Annual Meeting


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Cylburn Arboretum, Vollmer Center, 4915 Greenspring Avenue, Baltimore, MD

   8:30 8:50  am        Breakfast

   8:50  9:00 am        Meeting Logistics: Morgan Grove

   9:00 –  9:30 am        Keynote Speaker: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski
                             President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
                                    Holding Fast to Dreams: Creating a Culture of Inclusive Excellence

  9:45 – 10:30 am        Welcome and Introduction
                                    Presentation of Director’s Awards
                                    Steward T.A. Pickett
                                    Emma J. Rosi-Marshall, Project Director
10:30  – 10:45             Break

10:45  – 11:30             Session 1 (3)
10:45  – 11:00             Gathering Baltimore’s Bounty: Characterizations of Urban Foraging Behaviors, Motivations, and Barriers.  Brent Kim
11:00  – 11:15             Agricultural Cost Sharing and Implications for Water Quality in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.  David Newburn
11:15  – 11:30             Documenting and characterizing landscape heterogeneity in Baltimore. 
                                    Matthew Baker
11:30  – 12:00             Poster “Lightening Round”

12:00   1:00  pm       Lunch

  1:00   3:30              Poster Session

  3:30   4:30              Session 2 (4)
  3:30   3:45              The Greening of Baltimore’s Asphalt School Yards, Geoffrey Buckley
  3:45   4:00              Spatial spillovers and housing reinvestment in Baltimore.  Elena Irwin 
  4:00   4:15              Regional urbanization and the effects on the ecosystem net primary production: A comparative study on the United States and China.  Wenjuan Yu
  4:15   4:30              Different dimensions of urban biodiversity confer shifts in ecosystems services.  Christopher Swan

  6:00    8:00                          BES Open House at Parks & People Foundation
                                                                2100 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

  8:30   9:00              Breakfast

  9:00  – 10:15             Session 5 (5)
  9:00   9:15              Simulating impacts of urban development on water budgets in headwater catchments in the Gwynns Falls watershed using ParFlow.CLM.  Michael Barnes
  9:15    9:30              Baltimore Floods: Introducing the Comp Hydro Project, Blending Hydrology, Data and Computation for High School Students and Teachers.  Alan R. Berkowitz  
  9:30   9:45              Managing the new landscape of arboviral risk in temperate cities.  
                                    Shannon LaDeau
  9:45 – 10:00              A Social-Ecological Framework for the Study and Application of Governance Network Approaches.  Morgan Grove
10:00 – 10:15              Reading the Landscape: A Social Assessment of Urban Parks and Natural Areas.  Nancy Sonti

10:15 – 10:30              Break

10:30 – 11:45              Session 6 (5)
10:30 – 10:45              The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology goes on the road: landscape structure and vegetation in front and back yards.  Dexter Locke
10:45 – 11:00              Long-term trends in nitrate leaching from urban forests and grasslands.  
                                    Peter Groffman
11:00 – 11:15              Biogeochemical Symptoms of the Urban Stream Syndrome: Evidence from multiple scales of investigation.  Emma J. Rosi-Marshall
11:15 – 11:30              Equitable Urban Revitalization and Access to Amenities.  Nicholas B. Irwin
11:30 – 11:45              Assessing equality of access to parks and recreation using the local context.  Coline Dony