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Andy Kliskey and Lil Alessa recently published an article “A science of integration: frameworks, processes, and products in a place-based, integrative study“ in Sustainability Science “ highlighting the big picture, team-based research the CRC facilitates.

Lil Alessa attended the 2016 White House Arctic Science Ministerial in which the EyesNorth project was highlighted. The CRC has established a computational and collaborative lab in the new Interdisciplinary Research and Innovation Center for its collaborative team-based research activities.

Bioregional Planning graduate Josh Hightree has an article on the Synthesis of Idaho Community Reviews in review with the journal Community Development in collaboration with Andy Kliskey, Lil Alessa, and Lorie Higgins, along with Jon Barrett from the Idaho Rural Partnership. Reviewer comments are very positive.

Lil Alessa, Andy Kliskey and David Griffith led a workshop and exercise during summer 2016 examining technology over-dependence in military and emergency personnel. The exercise was run in conjunction with ROTC personnel and the UI Experimental Forest.

Lil Alessa attended and presented at the “Governing the Waves” Workshop in Maine. Hosted by the US Coast Guard with sponsorship by the CRC, the workshop examined maritime governance in a changing Arctic.

Lil Alessa, David Griffith and colleagues from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Snow and Ice Data Center, and Nova-Dine Corporation were awarded $0.5 M from the National Science Foundation for a Research Coordination Network award titled “EyesNorth: A Research Coordination Network of Community-based Observing Initiatives in the Arctic and Western United States”.

Lil Alessa and colleagues were awarded $2.7 M from the National Science Foundation’s Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water Systems program for their project “Social-ecological-technological solutions to waste reuse in food, energy, and water systems “. The award highlights the team-based interdisciplinary research championed by the CRC and represents engagement by faculty from the Colleges of Art & Architecture, Agriculture & Life Sciences, Engineering, Natural Resources, and Sciences.

The Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy in partnership with the CRC hosted a workshop October 5-6, 2015 at the University of Washington Campus.

During this workshop participants established best practices for community based observing networks. This included defining what CBONs are and are not, how they can be established as partnerships with observer communities, and the kinds of insights they can convey.

Data standards were discussed in the context of data acquisitions, quality assurances, protections and interoperability with other types of observatories. Workshop participants discussed and outlined how information from CBONs can be used to construct changes in the arctic system and, as importantly, what the societal implications of these changes are.

Finally, workshop participants discussed the role(s) of CBONs in moving toward the ability to predict arctic critical events (PACE) so as to better prepare and respond to a range of global and environmental change

This Best Practices report is being updated and revised regularly, please send comments, ideas or suggestions for updates and revisions to

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Through collaborative efforts with professionals from various disciplines and backgrounds, the Best Practices report discusses the integration of social sciences and ecological systems science and the benefits that derive from it.

In 2012, a workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation, initiated a 3-year effort to inspire the social science community to think about how the social sciences, particularly those leveraging social analytics, could help deal with the world’s most pressing challenges.

This involved on-going conversations, queries, surveys and meetings where a collective set of best practices was developed. This report represents the public release of this effort. The Report is considered living and will be updated as other practices emerge.

This Best Practices report is being updated and revised regularly, please send comments, ideas or suggestions for updates and revisions to

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