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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making to find solutions to complex environmental problems. We convene science teams to work on broad issues of national and international relevance, such as water resources management, land management, agriculture, species protection, among other areas of study. By supporting interdisciplinary science teams and researchers with diverse skills, data, and perspectives, SESYNC seeks to lead in-depth research and scholarship that will inform decisions and accelerate scientific discovery. SESYNC is funded by an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation. Learn more about SESYNC.

6th Annual Summer Institute

SESYNC invites applications to a short course on data and coding skills for socio-environmental synthesis. Applications due April 19, 2019.

2019 Bayesian Modeling for Socio-Environmental Data Short Course


Solutions to pressing environmental problems require understanding connections between human and natural systems. Analysis of these systems requires a model that can deal with complexity, is able to exploit data from multiple sources, and is honest about the uncertainty from multiple sources. Synthesis of results from multiple studies is often required. Bayesian hierarchical models provide a powerful approach to analysis of socio-environmental problems.

Lessons Learned

Since opening our doors in 2011, the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center has supported 174 team-based synthesis research projects focused on finding solutions to complex environmental problems. In our tenure, we've learned a few lessons about interdisciplinary collaboration along the way...

January 2019

News from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center


October 10, 2018

The National Socio-Environemental Synthesis Center

Lessons Learned for Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Socio-Environmental Problems

What is Actionable Science?

SESYNC Invites Proposals for Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research


SESYNC Invites Proposals for Collaborative & Interdisciplinary Team-Based Research Projects

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) requests proposals for collaborative and interdisciplinary team-based research projects under two programs: Pursuits and Workshops.

Data & Methods

May 15, 2018

Different Types of Data

Socio-Environmental Synthesis research relies on many different forms of information, learn about the variety of types of data that can be utilized.  

Qualitative Data


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