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IEP Synthesis

Synthesis means putting together and integrating data and information from many sources. Synthesis of IEP data and information is needed to provide the context and knowledge needed for science-based decision making. Conceptual and quantitative models are important synthesis tools. IEP synthesis efforts often involve collaborative, interdisciplinary teams of IEP scientists and scientific partners. IEP data and information is also often used for synthesis efforts conducted by others.

Note: The content of this website is preliminary and subject to change. Email suggestions for changes to Kelly Souza.

I. Recent IEP Synthesis Efforts involving the IEP Management Team:

The MAST was formed in January 2012 to turn IEP data into useful knowledge and guide IEP work planning. A draft of the 2013 MAST report will be available on July 22, 2013! Follow these guidelines to submit comments about the report. Review comments must be submitted as an attachment and emailed to by COB August 30, 2013. Review comments that do not follow the guidelines will not be considered.

The IEP MAST also produced the 2012 “Fall Low Salinity Habitat” (FLaSH) report and developed priority research topics for the 2012 IEP research proposal solicitation package.

  • IEP Pelagic Organism Decline Teams

The IEP POD Management Team and several IEP POD teams associated with the National Center for Analysis and Synthesis in Santa Barbara produced several synthesis reports and publications since 2005.

II. Synthesis efforts by IEP Project Work Teams

Estuarine Ecology Team (EET):

  • IEP Estuarine Ecology Team. 1995.  Working Conceptual Model for the Food Web of the San Francisco Bay/Delta Estuary. IEP Technical Report 42 (August 1995).
  • IEP Estuarine Ecology Team. 1997.  An Assessment of the Likely Mechanisms Underlying the "Fish-X2" Relationships. IEP Technical Report 52 (January 1997)

Contaminants PWT:

III. Program-level synthesis efforts

Information about individual IEP programs as well as about the IEP as a whole is sometimes summarized in synthesis reports. For example, IEP staff teams often prepare background documents for reviewers that synthesize program data and metadata into reviewable information. Some of these synthesis documents can be found at . Another example is a recent report about the history of the IEP (Herrgesell 2013).

IV. Other recent synthesis efforts using IEP data and Information

IEP data is widely used in scientific synthesis efforts about Bay-Delta ecology. Some recent examples are given here, but many others exist.