HEED MD Methods History

All projects share a common methodology formulated as a solution to inefficient interdisciplinary environmental research and hypothesis generation. Extending back to 1988, the methodology was influenced by trial projects at the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison's LICGF, Environmental Awareness Center, WI State Cartographer's Office and National Park Service CPSU GIS Tech. Center.

The first funded project was the Upper Wyoming Valley Project (Funded by the Center for Biology Education Howard Hughs Medical Endowment in 1989-1990). Additional strategies were field tested during an LTER intrasite experiment at the Northern Temperate Lakes Long Term Ecological Research Network site, then at the Joranada LTER site and then as part of a dissertation project associated with Univ. of Wisconsin Envir. Remote Sensing Center affiliated with the Institute for Environmental Studies Environmental Monitoring Program (1994).

In 1995 the terrestrial and aquatic methods developed in Wisconsin were applied to a Harvard University based NASA/NOAA OGP funded project focused on the interrelationships between human health, marine morbidity mortality and disease, climate forcing and economic impact (HEED Global Change Program)