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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 16 2007

Current News

USGS Scientist Speaks at George Wright Society Conference: On April 16, USGS scientist Virginia Burkett gave an invited talk, “Climate Change and Coastal Ecosystems: Potential Impacts and Adaptation Strategies,” at the 2007 George Wright Society Biennial Conference held in St. Paul, MN. The theme of this conference for park professionals was “Rethinking Protected Areas in a Changing World” with global climate change being one of the focus areas. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

USGS at National Hurricane Conference: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) Director Greg Smith attended the National Hurricane Conference held in New Orleans, LA, April 2 – 6, 2007. NWRC staff had an exhibit sponsored by Coastal Planning Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) that displayed several USGS maps including “Land Area Change in Coastal Louisiana after the 2005 Hurricanes.” (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

Notable Congressional Activity

USGS Scientist to Testify on Climate Change at House Science and Technology Hearing: On Tuesday morning, April 17, USGS scientist Virginia Burkett will testify before the House Committee on Science and Technology about the findings in the coastal chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report entitled "Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptations and Vulnerability". Burkett was a lead author of the coastal chapter of this report developed by Working Group II of the IPCC. On Tuesday afternoon, April 17, she will present the findings in the coastal chapter of the IPCC report to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. On Wednesday, April 18, Burkett will present highlights of the IPCC Working Group I and II reports to the Directorate of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Arlington, Virginia. She will present a seminar to FWS staff on these reports later that day. (Virginia Burkett, Lafayette, LA, 318-256-5628)

Press Inquiries/Media

On April 10, USGS scientist Virginia Burkett was interviewed for Planning Magazine (American Planning Association) about how climate change can be incorporated into planning activities for various sectors such as transportation.

On April 12, USGS scientist Virginia Burkett was interviewed by the Miami Herald (FL) about climate change, coastal ecosystems, and the potential impacts in Florida. Burkett also provided the IPCC Working Group II Summary for Policymakers.

USGS scientist Tommy Michot provided information on symbiotic relationships of some wildlife species in Louisiana’s wetlands to the Creative Development Department at Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, CA.

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