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Yale Applied Science Synthesis Program (YASSP)

Centered on generating science to support decision making, YASSP produces quantitative, reputable, scientific syntheses that guide and inform direct actions around land stewardship.

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    The Yale Applied Science Synthesis Program (YASSP) is a new initiative housed at The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment. The program connects academic researchers, policymakers, and those managing lands to answer applied questions about how land management decisions affect the services provided by forests, croplands, wetlands, and grasslands. We work with for- and not-for-profit partners that need to make decisions on sustainable land management practices. Our synthesis work focuses on the regional context within which local management decisions are made, to help maximize ecosystem benefits provided by these land resources, such as carbon storage, sustainable food production, and biodiversity. Our mission is to produce quantitative, reputable, scientific syntheses that guide and inform direct actions around land stewardship. This mission reflects the founding principles of The Forest School, which was first established in 1900, to develop applied scientific knowledge that guides effective stewardship of the nation’s forests.

    Our approach is guided by the understanding that these syntheses are strongest when researchers draw expertise and information from a variety of institutions and individuals. Our Program therefore leverages the breadth and depth of expertise of Yale faculty, postdocs, and our collaborators.

    For more information about our program, please contact YASSP Research Director, Dr. Sara Kuebbing (sara.kuebbing@yale.edu).

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