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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems. We convene science teams to work on broad issues of national and international relevance, such as water resources management, land management, agriculture, species protection, among other areas of study. By supporting interdisciplinary science teams and researchers with diverse skills, data, and perspectives, SESYNC seeks to lead in-depth research and scholarship that will inform decisions and accelerate scientific discovery. SESYNC is funded by an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about SESYNC.

Scholars seek to bridge disciplines for socio-environmental research

Over three days in June, 244 scholars from 23 countries and 37 states and Puerto Rico participated in the conference called Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research international symposium in Annapolis, Maryland, to learn, share knowledge, and collaborate around socio-environmental research.

SESYNC Hosts Boundary Spanning Symposium Summary

Boundary Spanning:  Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research brought together 244 leaders, emerging scholars, and other key individuals interested in innovating research and processes for solving socio-environmental problems. The participants came from 23 countries and 37 states and Puerto Rico to learn, share, and collaborate around socio-environmental research.

Data & Methods

May 15, 2018

Different Types of Data

Socio-Environmental Synthesis research relies on many different forms of information, learn about the variety of types of data that can be utilized.  

Qualitative Data

What is Actionable Science?

Curious about what Actionable Science means? Check out this new video that details how actionable science can guide your research questions to inform, improve and influence stakeholders who can benefit from your research. 

New Cyberhelp Blog Post: Build a Shiny App to Browse MODIS Data

Build a Shiny App to Browse MODIS Data

In preparation for our recent geospatial short course, I spent some time getting up to date on the new features in the leaflet R package. There are so many possibilities between the new add-ons in “base” leaflet like inset mini maps and measuring tools, and even more functionality being added all the time in leaflet.extras, mapedit, and mapview.

Introduction to Socio-Environmental Synthesis Series

April 9, 2018

What are socio-environmental systems, what is synthesis, and how does one conduct synthesis research? In this three-part video series, we address those questions and provide examples that highlight the complexity and rewards of studying the relationships and dynamics between social and environmental systems.


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