TOOLS TO EXPLORE SOCIAL-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

By Kirsty L. Nash | Collection of qualitative and quantitative methods and tools useful for researching social-ecological systems

Science communicators must consider short-term objectives while keeping their eyes on the prize

Most scientists say they got into science to make the world a better place and recognize this means sharing what they learn with a range of other …

Tell a Story with your Data with StorylineJS

Knight Lab has done it again. Creators of the popular tool TimelineJS and StoryMap have just introduced StorylineJS, which allows you to essentially …

Tools for Systems Thinkers: The 6 Fundamental Concepts of Systems Thinking

In this series on systems thinking, I share the key insights and tools needed to develop and advance a systems mindset for dealing with complex …

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Understanding empirical Bayes estimation (using baseball statistics)

Which of these two proportions is higher: <b>4 out of 10</b>, or <b>300 out of 1000</b>? This sounds like a silly question. Obviously , which is greater than .<p>But …

Principal Component Analysis in R

(This article was first published on <b> poissonisfish</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)Principal component analysis (PCA) is routinely employed on …

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How to make a global map in R, step by step

(This article was first published on <b> r-bloggers – SHARP SIGHT LABS</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) <br>In the last several blog posts at Sharp …

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Three web-based tools to facilitate systems thinking

For conversations about complex systems, create a systems model instead of a spreadsheet. All you need is a browser and one of these apps.<p>Models help …

Big Data

Covering climate change: journalism's biggest and most difficult story, ever

<b>Climate change is the defining challenge of our times. The Spinoff is devoting a week of coverage to the issue, its advocates, complexities, and</b> …

Climate gloom and doom? Bring it on. But we need stories about taking action, too

There’s been no shortage of pessimistic news on climate change lately. A group of climate scientists and policy experts recently declared that we …

Global Warming's Six Americas

<i>Artwork by Michael Sloan</i><p>One of the first rules of effective communication is to “know thy audience.” Climate change public engagement efforts must …

Circular Migration Flow Plots in R

(This article was first published on <b>Guy Abel » R</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)<p>A article of mine was published in <i>Science</i> today. It introduces …

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Using Google maps API and R

(This article was first published on <b>Jose Gonzalez » R</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)<p>This post shows how to use Google Maps‘ API with R. …

Coastal Hazard Wheel

<b>New national erosion assessment for Colombia published</b><p>The assessment has been carried out as part of the development of a Colombian coastal Master …

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“With the data Global Fishing Watch provides, governments, fishery management organizations, researchers and the fishing industry can work together …

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Need solar resource data or maps? We've got an app for that

Also available in: Español<p>Last month the World Bank launched a new Global Solar Atlas: a free, online tool that lets you zoom into areas anywhere in …

Human migration

In today’s polarized political environment, public discussion about refugees and migrants has become heated and muddled. <i>Nature</i> examines the facts …

A Quick and Easy Guide to Understanding Scientists

Scientists don't use normal words when they talk about science. They use words that sound like normal words -- theory, model, significant -- but have …

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Why We Need Scientists On Social Media, Now More Than Ever

More young scientists see social media platforms as an important way to engage the public and clear up misinformation.<p>Beth Linas has a reputation among her scientific colleagues for her love of social media. “Oh I’m ridiculed,” she tells me, via Twitter direct message (of course). “Not by everyone, …

Systems thinking: Unlocking the Sustainable Development Goals

Twelve months in, and there’s been some good progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from governments, NGOs and businesses alike: …

'Cloud fishing' reels in precious water for villagers in rural Morocco | Celeste Hicks

A fog harvesting project in an arid region of Morocco solves water stress and means women no longer have to fetch water, enabling them to train or learn<p>“Everyone was leaving the village where I grew up, and it was all because of water,” says Jamila Bargach, whose village in rural Morocco has …

A policy agenda for Sustainable Development Goals | Politics

In September 2015, nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), signalling firm global intent to integrate environmental development with economic and social development.<p>December saw the adoption of the historic Paris …

How Growing Sea Plants Can Help Slow Ocean Acidification

Researchers are finding that kelp, eelgrass, and other vegetation can effectively absorb CO2 and reduce acidity in the ocean. Growing these plants in …

Understanding how the SDGs interact with each other is key to their success

This is the year that the hard work on translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into action gets started, and countries got a first …

Climate models are accurately predicting ocean and global warming | John Abraham

A new study from my colleagues and I vindicates climate models, which are accurately predicting the rate of ocean heat accumulation<p>For those of us who are concerned about global warming, two of the most critical questions we ask are, “how fast is the Earth warming?” and “how much will it warm in …

Climate summaries 'for grownups,' but not too difficult for policymakers

Offering a rare insider analysis of the climate assessment process, Carnegie's Katharine Mach and colleagues at the Department of Global Ecology …

Study reveals hidden pollution exchange between oceans and groundwater

Researchers have uncovered previously hidden sources of ocean pollution along more than 20 percent of America's coastlines.<p>The study, published …

Nudging: The new black in environmental policy

Nudging is increasingly receiving more attention from politicians, the media and academics. In 2014, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency …

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