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General Guidelines for Data Assessments and Workshop Sessions

Mekong River System State of the Science Workshop

General Guidelines for Data Assessments and Workshop Sessions

For Topic Co-leaders

Background:

The primary goal of the workshop is to assess scientific information that can be used by government officials and others to validate, identify, and prioritize needed scientific studies in the Mekong River Basin, with a focus on sustainable river resources and dependent ecosystems. This will be accomplished through completion of data assessments for six selected science topics. Each workshop session should include presentations of topical data assessment by topic co-leaders.

The data topics addressed are not all-inclusive, but data for these topics do include most key physical, chemical, and biological data needed to assess key physical and chemical processes. These processes are known to drive the ecological structure and function of river channels and their riparian buffers, and they evaluate changes in river systems in response to climatic, regulatory, and other anthropogenic impacts.

Data Assessments - Recommended Approach:

A consistent approach to data assessments will be very helpful when rolling up workshop findings, however, there will be flexibility for topic co-leaders to conduct their session in a manner they deem most conducive to meeting workshop goals. A suggested outline for data assessments with detail will be provided at a later date.

Prior to the workshop, selected topic leaders should research published and unpublished literature and utilize tools such as questionnaires given to topic experts to identify what is known and what is not known about data availability and quality for their topic. Factors to be considered in data assessments should include, but are not limited to, sampling protocols, data standards, data maintenance procedures, data analysis techniques, reporting standards, data accessibility, and archival systems. Topic experts will present the findings of their pre-workshop assessments of the availability and quality of scientific data for their topic.

Topic experts will also present their findings at the workshop with an emphasis on revealing data gaps and information needs. Additional scientists invited to the workshop will be given the opportunity to clarify and respond to the assessment provided and whether data gaps were accurately portrayed. All reactions and comments received at the workshop will be compiled and documented in a workshop report. The report will summarize workshop findings and provide an appraisal of which data gaps are considered most critical.

Session Format:

Sessions will be an hour and 3/4 long (105 minutes). The data assessment presentations should be 15 minutes each followed by 2 or 3 presentations by invited topic experts of 5-10 minutes each.  This would provide 40-50 minutes for discussion among invited topic experts and the audience.  A final 5 minutes can be used to summarize for each co-leader.  Recorders will be needed in each topic session to accurately record session findings and discussion (the information recorded will be used to develop the workshop final report). 

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Duong Van Ni

CEO, Wetland University Network (WUN)

College of Natural Resource Management

T: +84 909 987 887

E: duongvani@gmail.com

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