New Publication: Improving approaches for scientists and stakeholders to co-design environmental scenarios

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Planning for the future involves surmounting uncertainty to anticipate the unknown. An increasingly popular approach for developing future plans while managing uncertainty is scenario development, whereby several consistent and coherent storylines are developed to reflect different hypotheses about how the future might unfold. In a new paper published online in the journal Ecology and Society by Marissa McBride of Harvard

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Final New England Landscape Scenarios

The S3 RCN team is pleased to share the final New England future landscape narrative scenarios that emerged from the six New England stakeholder workshops.  The computer modeling team led by Jonathan Thompson at Harvard Forest is now analyzing the effects of each scenario on development, agriculture, timber harvest, and conservation from 2010 to 2060. Thank you to the New England

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S3 RCN Workshop III Report now available

A report summarizing our recent S3 RCN Workshop III: Moving Ecosystem Service Models to Human Benefits is now available to download:  S3 RCN Workshop Report – Final Notable highlights include: Copies of the slides from each of the workshop presentations, including keynotes from Steve Polasky and Elena Bennett. Notes and ideas coming out of each of the group discussion sessions. Summaries of the three working-group project proposals

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Scenarios to Services Workshop

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On May 19th and 20th, 2016, a group of 35 ecologists, economists, social scientists, and ecosystem-service modelers gathered at the idyllic Shelburne Farms near Burlington, Vermont for the third S3-RCN workshop, Scenarios to Services: Linking Supply to Benefit in Ecosystem Service Models. The topic at hand was how best can assessments of Ecosystem Services (ES) translate measures of ecosystem service

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S3 Scenarios to Simulation workshop results in synthesis paper

Last February the S3 RCN organized a workshop at Dartmouth College with the aim of developing methods to translate narrative scenarios into quantitative simulations. Today a new paper was published that summarizes the synthesis work that was born out of that workshop.  The paper is titled “Methods for translating narrative scenarios into quantitative assessments of land use change” and it

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New England Landscape Futures Annual Report 2015

Here is a list of project highlights from our work in 2015 1. New England landscape scenarios – Together with co-hosts across the region, we convened scenario-building workshops in each of the 6 New England states. This report summarizes the outputs from all of the workshops and shows many similarities from state to state. The resulting scenarios reveal that (1) population and settlement

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