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Capturing Change: The Duality of Time-lapse Imagery to Acquire Data and Depict Ecological Dynamics

This article investigates the scientific and communicative value of time-lapse imagery by exploring applications for data collection and visualization. Time-lapse imagery has a myriad of possible applications to study and depict ecosystems and...

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10/23/17
The Concept of the Anthropocene: A New Context for Social Innovation and Transformations to Sustainability

After tracing the antecedents of the concept and considering its intersection in social innovation research, we put forward the argument that the Anthropocene concept points to three areas of thought that are strategically imperative and must be...

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10/23/17
Applying Information Network Analysis to Fire-Prone Landscapes: Implications for Community Resilience

Resilient communities promote trust, have well-developed networks, and can adapt to change. For rural communities in fire-prone landscapes, current resilience strategies may prove insufficient in light of increasing wildfire risks due to climate change...

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10/23/17
Biodiversity Conservation in a Telecoupled World

The environmental and socioeconomic interactions between distant regions of the world (“telecoupling”) are dramatically increasing. Telecoupling brings about new challenges and opportunities to biodiversity conservation that are of a larger...

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10/23/17
Planetary boundaries: Guiding human development on a changing planet

There is an urgent need for a new paradigm that integrates the continued development of human societies and the maintenance of the Earth system (ES) in a resilient and accommodating state. The planetary boundary (PB) framework contributes to such a ...

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10/23/17
CRS Coordinator's Manual & Coastal Erosion Hazards

The Community Rating System (CRS) is a national program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The CRS Coordinator’s Manual spells out the credits and credit criteria of the CRS for community activities and programs that go above...

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10/20/17
Communicating For A Change: Climate Change Education Strategies

This work summaries key findings of recent keystone research in social psychology, cognition and behavior and climate change communications, including work from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. Although the work covered in this paper...

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8/28/17
Urban Cemeteries as Public Gardens

Mount Auburn, Laurel Hill, and Green-Wood, all established in the 1830s in Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn respectively, were the first three “rural cemeteries” in the nation. As we look to the future where climate change portends massive...

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7/9/17
Identifying Vulnerabilities & Taking Action Toward Climate Resilience

The impacts of climate change—including higher temperatures, heavier rain, more frequent and intense droughts, wildfires, floods, and sea-level rise—are affecting public gardens. Many gardens use a climate-...

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9/24/16
Making the Case for Climate Action

Public gardens have a unique set of resources that can be used to make a difference in our national responses to climate change. Learn how some gardens have negotiated this tricky subject and embraced the role...

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9/24/16
Hurricane Sandy Benefits: Collaborative Research & the Consortium of Coastal Parks

Climate change is affecting public landscapes now. Research into managing existing landscapes and designing new ones is critical if our parks and gardens are to adapt. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, a...

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9/24/16
Climate is Changing Collections Management

As climate change places continued pressure upon wild-plant populations, botanical gardens and arboreta become increasingly indispensable conservation agents. Not only are collection managers faced with harder...

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9/24/16
Aim for the Top: Multiply Positive Change via Targeted Neighborhood Authority Landscaping Education

More than half of the U.S. population lives in coastal areas, including estuarine shores, and the long-term viability of these regions depends on estuary beauty and biodiversity. While homeowners may want to...

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9/22/16
Natural Disaster Planning Template

As stewards of living collections, public garden staff safeguard plants in the best interest of their organizations and audiences. There are many different threats to the safety and security of these gardens and their collections, with natural...

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11/5/15
Growing Degree Days

Growing degree days have been used widely for both agriculture and horticulture purposes since the 1950s to track temperature accumulation. Without the stress of drought or other unusual weather conditions, plants typically grow in a stepwise fashion...

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10/28/15
Severe Weather Data and Information

As spring arrives, it brings with it warmer weather, blossoming trees and flowers, singing birds, and severe weather such as hail, high winds, and tornadoes. Each year, many people across the United States are killed or seriously injured by the severe...

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10/28/15
Regional Snowfall Index

NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) produces the Regional Snowfall Index (RSI) for significant snowstorms that impact the eastern two-thirds of the United States. The RSI uses the area and amount of snowfall combined with the population in the...

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10/28/15
Soil Moisture Data

Soil moisture is a key factor in determining the annual progress of natural environments and human systems. In horticultural and agricultural settings, soil moisture information can aid in making decisions regarding plant variety choice and planting...

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10/28/15
Precipitation

As was felt recently at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, extreme precipitation and flooding can be exceptionally devastating. Excess rains can wash away trails, compromise bridges, and harm many varieties of plants in public gardens. Sometimes no...

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10/28/15
Drought Tools and Resources

While drought doesn’t always offer the same immediate and dramatic visuals associated with events such as hurricanes and tornadoes, it still has a huge price tag. In fact, droughts rank second in types of phenomena associated with billion-dollar...

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10/28/15

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