Science Links is a program led by the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation to synthesize and share ecosystem science with stakeholders and policymakers. Major Science Links projects involve five key elements: (1) iterative dialogues among scientists, stakeholders, and policy advisors to frame an initial set of questions for scientific synthesis; (2) the development of a scientific synthesis, based on front-end engagement, published in a peer-reviewed journal; (3) co-creation of fact sheets, reports, and other products with stakeholder and policy advisors; (4) policy briefings and media outreach.
Hubbard Brook scientists and outreach staff also periodically create Science Links Fact Sheets that synthesize published data and findings from the long-term record at Hubbard Brook for public audiences.
Current Science Links publications include:
- Fact sheets
- Facts about Climate Change, Science Links FS-01, 2017
- Synthesis reports
- Carbon and Communities, 2011
- Mercury Matters, 2007
- Nitrogen Pollution, 2003
- Acid Rain Revisited, 2001
The National Science Foundation has lauded the Science Links program as national model for increasing the impact of long-term research in addressing environmental problems:
“The report is written in clear language accessible to lawmakers and non-scientists interested in environmental policy… the report, as part of the SCIENCE LINKS program, is not intended to advocate particular policy outcomes, but rather to provide scientific information on the likely consequences of potential actions and to ensure that this information is timely, clear and widely available.”
Science Links draws on several principles:
- Environmental policy is more effective and better serves the public when it is grounded in ecosystem science;
- Ecosystem science can be enriched by an awareness of current public policy questions and the social context in which the research occurs;
- Science serves the public best when it does not advocate particular policy outcomes, but rather provides scientific information on the likely consequences of potential actions in a timely, clear and widely available manner.
Paper copies of Science Links reports may be ordered, please contact the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation main office: 802-432-1042.