IPBES Knowledge Generation Paper

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the international program dedicated to biodiversity sciences, DIVERSITAS and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) sponsored a work shop in Annapolis, Maryland, USA from 31 January to 2 February 2012 with the purpose of exploring the program of work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), with a particular focus on the generation of knowledge function.

Cyber Visualization Technologies

SESYNC hosted the Visualization Technologies to Support Research on Human-Environment Interactions Workshop to focus especially on the visualization and use of spatial datasets from the social and environmental sciences. The workshop discussed and identified some of the current visualization challenges and emerging opportunities in using spatial datasets to study human-environment interactions.

Socio-Environmental Synthesis Education

The first SESYNC education workshop titled: “Socio-Environmental Synthesis Education: Goals, Resources and Tools” was held June 4–5, 2012, hosting 39 scholars, practitioners, and media professionals from three countries.

A series of plenary presentations, small group discussions and workshop-wide synthesis discussions, discussed:

Citizen Science, Butterfly Monitoring & Cyberinfrastructure

Citizen-scientists throughout North America perform thousands of surveys each year but, unlike their European counterparts, the data from these monitoring programs are little known and less used. A recent workshop at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brought together all major butterfly data producers with representatives from the scientific and technology communities with the goal to develop systems to promote and support expanding public participation in and use of butterfly data and knowledge.


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