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NCED 2009 Annual Report
Foufoula-Georgiou, Efi (National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics, 2009)

NCED 2009 Annual Report

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National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics


The above overarching question drives the research of the National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics (NCED), a Science and Technology Center established in 2002 with the unifying goal of predicting the coupled dynamics and coevolution of landscapes and their ecosystems, in order to transform management and restoration of the Earth-surface environment. Driven by our overarching scientific goal, NCED tackles three grand challenges: (1) Developing a mechanistic understanding of the erosional and depositional processes that shape landscapes; (2) Discovering the linkages between physical, chemical, and biological processes; and (3) Using the understanding of landscape and ecosystem dynamics to guide management decisions. To address its overarching goal, NCED’s research has been organized into three Integrated Programs (IPs) each focusing on a major landscape component: watersheds (Desktop Watersheds IP), individual stream reaches (Stream Restoration IP), and deltas (Subsurface Architecture IP). All three IPs involve issues of human impact, management, and restoration and embrace a two-way collaboration between those developing knowledge and those applying it. NCED’s initiatives on Knowledge Transfer, Education, and Diversity cut across the three research IPs, and all together form a tight nexus that uniquely characterizes NCED’s approach to societally relevant scientific discoveries (See Figure 1). This section puts the results reported in the main body of this Annual Report in the context of NCED’s overarching scientific goal and its Strategic and Implementation Plan (SIP). We start by a summary of Program level accomplishments, followed by community level accomplishments and finish by discussing the Center’s accomplishments in developing NCED’s Legacies.

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National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics Annual Progress Reports

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Foufoula-Georgiou, Efi. (2009). NCED 2009 Annual Report. National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy,

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