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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 13 2006

Current

USGS Gives Training and Discusses Collaborations with Geographers and Scientists in China: USGS geographer Larry Handley teamed up with Catherine Lockwood, Chadron State College (Nebraska); Bruce Coffland, NASA Ames Research Center; and Haiping Su, NASA Ames Research Center to travel to China, May 14 – 25, to meet with professors, scientists, and graduate students from Zhejiang University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The United States team provided training in the interpretation of aerial photographs and satellite imagery, in the techniques of wetland habitat mapping and in the development of wetland signatures. Of particular interest was the WETMAAP (Wetland Education Through Maps & Aerial Photography) Program, developed by Handley and Lockwood, which integrates wetland issues into existing curriculums by introducing educators and students to wetland habitats, functions and values, wetland mapping, digital databases and GIS technologies. Handley discussed possible collaboration between the Chinese hosts and the USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) in the areas of mapping and use of remote sensing in wetland habitat identification, and also the exchange of a wetland expert and the potential for short-term student internships at NWRC. (Larry Handley, 337-266-8691, Lafayette, LA)

Upcoming

USGS Sponsors Lower Mississippi Valley Conceptual Framework Workshop: USGS scientist Stephen Faulkner is organizing a workshop, June 20-22, in Lafayette, LA, to develop a conceptual model for the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMV). Approximately 20 Federal, State, and university scientists with expertise in hydrology, biology, biogeochemistry and ecology have accepted invitations to participate. The LMV is the largest floodplain in the United States and the alteration and degradation of the forest and wetland ecosystems has resulted in the large-scale loss of many ecosystem functions and services. This workshop is part of the USGS Integrated Landscape Monitoring science goal to observe, understand and predict landscape change and its implications on natural resources at multiple spatial and temporal scales to address priority natural resource management and policy issues. A conceptual model will synthesize our current understanding of ecosystem processes, environmental gradients and linkages among systems in the LMV. (Stephen Faulkner, 337-266-8648, Lafayette, LA)

Press Inquiries/Media

On June 9, USGS scientist Clint Jeske provided information for a possible story in the Canadian Geographic magazine about the damage done by Hurricane Katrina to the Chandeleur Islands and the potential impacts on migrating birds many of whom come from Canada.

On June 6, USGS geographer John Barras provided information on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina to the Louisiana coast and images depicting land-water changes to Popular Science magazine and to WBRZ-TV (ABC affilate) in Baton Rouge, LA.


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