Work in Progress: Collaborative Template II

Credit: Flickr

Credit: Flickr

This is a continuation from last month’s post on one of this project’s products: a collaborative template.

I am not suggesting this is the best framework for a collaborative project, rather the summation of our fluid approach, including lessons learned, success stories, and future recommendations.

In today’s post, I will seemingly to take a few side turns, but it will all end up being part of the collaborative template report I am currently drafting. After all, the goal of SciencePensieve is to give readers a peak into our current works, and that does not always lend itself to a nice, ordered story!

Here is a glimpse of what I have so far!

First thing first: what is the purpose of this Collaborative Template and what made this project unique?

collaborationObjective: This document will be the fluid template used in our collaborative research project (short) titled “Climate Extremes and Variability in Chesapeake Bay.” This template will and highlight the iterative approached used in this 2-year project, including critiques, successes, and failures as “lessons learned”. While it does not claim to be that “panacea” for all future collaborative research projects, it will offer insights on how to successfully complete end-user ready products using the best available science.

Premise: This research project was novel and unique since research was conducted with:

1) Stakeholder collaboration and input from start to finish

2) Immediate end-user utility

And of course I cannot forget who is involved!

Partners: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (Horn Point Laboratory), NCCOS/OCM/NOAA, the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserves of Maryland and Virginia, Chesapeake Environmental Communications, Inc.

Here is the side spin: The Scientific Method

While everyone knows about the Scientific Method, I always think it is worth highlighting that we used this fundamental framework in this project. Because of that, I have recreated a conceptual diagram of the Scientific Method for use in presentations (mostly to education-based audiences).

So, what better forum than now! This image will likely show it’s face in that document!

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My rendition of the Scientific Method!

On September 15th, I will be presenting this collaborative template at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Conference of the American Water Resources Association, so stay tuned for more!

Kari Pohl

About Kari Pohl

I am a post-doctoral researcher at NOAA and the University of Maryland (Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory). My work investigates how climate variability and extremes affect the diverse ecosystems in Chesapeake Bay. I received a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Rhode Island (2014) and received a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Chemistry from Roger Williams University (2009). When I am not busy being a scientist, my hobbies include running, watching (and often yelling at) the Boston Bruins, and taking photos of my cat.
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