Workshop Reports/Summaries

Although some Division-sponsored activities like workshops do not result in consensus reports, discussions at workshops and other events are often published in workshop summaries, websites, newsletters, and other formats to preserve and make publicly accessible the information or discussions from the event.

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Summary of a Workshop on Mississippi River Water Quality Science and Interstate Collaboration (2014)

This report summarizes presentations and discussions of Mississippi River and basin water quality management, monitoring, and evaluation programs that took place at a November 2013 workshop. The workshop examined a wide array of challenges and progress in water quality monitoring and evaluation in states along the Mississippi River corridor, and provided a forum for experts from U.S. federal agencies, the Mississippi River states, nongovernmenta... More >>

Sustainable Infrastructure for Life Science Communications: Workshop Summary (2014)

Engaging the public-at-large with the life sciences is more important now than ever. Advances in life sciences research--from biofuels to genetically modified foods, and from biotechnology to sustainable communities--have enormous implications for the health and well-being of society and the environment. Yet, there are few support systems for scientists who wish to share their research with non-expert audiences. The National Research Council'... More >>

Undergraduate Chemistry Education (2014)

Chemistry coursework is part of many undergraduate degree programs, from pre-medicine to environmental science, and from biology to chemical engineering -- making effective science education an important topic to the chemistry community. Now, new Medical College Admission Test requirements may change the way chemistry is taught to pre-med students, driving a surge of interest in undergraduate chemistry education. The National Research Council'... More >>

Linkages Between Arctic Warming and Mid-Latitude Weather Patterns, Summary of a Workshop (2014)

The National Research Council held a workshop in September 2013 to review the connections between Arctic warming and mid-latitude weather patterns, to discuss gaps in understanding, and to explore future research needs. Presenters and participants at the workshop (see list of participants) included many leading researchers in this realm with a diverse array of perspectives. Several hypotheses for how Arctic warming may be influencing mid-latitud... More >>

Opportunities to Use Remote Sensing in Understanding Permafrost and Related Ecological Characteristics: Report of a Workshop (2014)

Climate change is causing the widespread thawing and degradation of permafrost, subsurface soil or rock that remains frozen for two or more consecutive years. Changes in permafrost could cause significant impacts -- for example, by causing erosion that damages buildings, roads, or other infrastructure, by causing shifts in ecosystems, and by contributing large amounts of carbon to the atmosphere. Data are needed to observe and monito... More >>