This 20 page booklet was produced in 2013 for the Maryland Department of Environment to summarize a long (300+ pp.) and detailed Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. The short, bold statements that are highlighted at the beginning of the booklet are very powerful: \"Climate change is real. Scientists agree. It's happening now. It's harmful and human caused. We can make a difference through our actions.\" The various strategies and programs to reduce greenhouse gases were negotiated throughout the production of this booklet, and the reduction numbers for carbon dioxide equivalents were the final edits to the booklet. We made numerous icons for this booklet to depict the different sectors and the cost of inaction. Caroline Wicks and Tracey Saxby collaborated on the design and layout of this booklet, which involved some stringent deadlines.
Hurricane Sandy was a devastating storm in 2012 that combined a late season tropical hurricane with an early nor'easter that produced massive storm surges, flooding and power outages in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast United States. We were asked by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation to produce a rapid assessment of the ecological damages to the Chesapeake and Delmarva Coastal Bays. We partnered with Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Coastal Bays Program to conduct this assessment which included this 20 page booklet. In order to provide context for assessing storm damages, we contrasted the impact of Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 with Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Tropical Storm Lee led to massive freshwater flows down the Susquehanna River, through the Conowingo Dam, and into Chesapeake Bay, but Hurricane Sandy did not produce a major impact to Chesapeake Bay both due to timing (we developed an 'Ecorhythm' graphic to illustrate this point) and the position of the storm track. This booklet was rapidly produced by Brianne Walsh and Tracey Saxby so that it could support the congressional discussion about storm damage appropriations.
This 92 page booklet assessed the climate impacts in Maryland, and was produced by a team of 22 scientists led by Don Boesch in 2008. Governor Martin O'Malley set up a Climate Change Commission and this was one of the first products produced by the Commission. The booklet had sections on recent and likely climate changes in Maryland, water resources & aquatic environments, farms & forests, coastal vulnerability, Chesapeake Bay & coastal ecosystems, human health, and implications for mitigation and adaptation. Each section had a key points box, and beautiful graphics produced by Jane Thomas and Joanna Woerner. One of my favorite graphics is the map of the East coast of the U.S. with the outline of Chesapeake Bay migrating as far south as Florida by 2100 under the higher emission scenario (p. 19). This graphic vividly displays the implications of climate change on the ecology of Chesapeake Bay. I suspect that this booklet will be viewed in a historical context as a milestone for governmental response to climate change.
This was one of the first booklets that IAN was called in to help produce. The 44 page booklet was a Land-Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone product, produced for the Global Environment Facility, United Nations Environment Programme. Martin de Tissier and Hester Whyte from LOICZ led the synthesis effort. Hester traveled from the LOICZ International Program Office on the island of Texel, Holland to Cambridge, Maryland for our annual IAN Science Communication course - where she did the design and layout of the booklet, with advice from Jane Thomas. A 2006 workshop in Brisbane, Australia was used to assemble the content, but most of the content was assembled after the workshop - we learned from this experience that the workshops should be used to develop the initial draft document, rather than chase down material after the event. I enjoyed my six years on the LOICZ Steering Committee, especially working with the various co-authors of this booklet.
These booklets vary in length from 10-92 pages, and if all ten booklets were combined, it would be the equivalent length of a book (372 pp.). They are quite different in terms of style and content, but all booklets contain maps, conceptual diagrams, photographs, tables and figures in addition to text. In addition, they all have relevant photographs on the front cover and are all multi-author productions. These topical booklets are much quicker to produce than full books and much easier to reproduce and distribute than books, and have become a preferred option for IAN Press publications. 153554b96e