Projects and opportunities of interest to ESA members and the general scientific community.
Earth stewardship involves shaping trajectories of social-ecological change at local-to-global scales to enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being. Over the next decade or two, society has a window of opportunity to radically redefine our relationship with the planet to reduce risks of dangerous global changes that could otherwise seriously degrade Earth’s life-support systems.
The ESA Rapid Response Team (RRT) is composed of ecological scientists in a variety of fields, ranging from agroecology and invasive species to climate change and science education. These experts have committed to serve as resources for policymakers and the media.
Stemming from the Society’s Visions Report in 2004, an Ecological Society of America Steering Committee has been working to move forward on complementing the Society’s national-level environmental policy activities with regionally focused policy and education initiatives.
Collaboration among ecological societies of the Americas to address common goals, needs, and emerging challenges.
The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, will be the first national ecological measurement and observation system designed both to answer regional- to continental-scale scientific questions and to have the interdisciplinary participation necessary to achieve credible ecological forecasting and prediction. Many ESA members, along with ESA Executive Director Katherine McCarter and Education Director Jason Taylor, have participated in the development and design of NEON. Further information is available at www.neoninc.org and at NSF’s NEON web site,www.nsf.gov/bio/neon/start.htm.
International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 was an intense, internationally coordinated campaign of research intended to initiate a new era in polar science. IPY 2007-2008 included research in both polar regions and involved strong links to the rest of the globe. More information can be found at www.us-ipy.org.
The Encyclopedia of Earth is a free, fully searchable collection of articles about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. Articles are written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other’s work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public. ESA is a Content Partner in the Encyclopedia.
The goal of this project is to increase participation in the development and use of long-term data, and to highlight the value and importance of long-term data in addressing ecological areas of concern. Participation by the ecological community is encouraged.