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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 20 2007

Upcoming

USGS Maps Complement Exhibit of Photos and Paintings by Louisiana Artists: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) in Lafayette, LA, was invited to have a display of Louisiana barrier island maps and images of restoration work for an art exhibition at Gallery 912, July 27 – Sept. 1. The exhibit of photographs by Karin Eberhardt and paintings by Dennis Sipiorski is entitled “Hell and High Water,” and was inspired by the artists’ visits to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and barrier islands. The barrier island maps produced by NWRC show 50+ years of land-water changes and will offer a geospatial view of the changes in the islands to create an awareness of the importance of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and what is happening to them. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

Current

USGS and Texas A & M University Host Coastal Ecosystem Research Workshop: USGS scientist Jack Waide and Greg Smith, director of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center (Lafayette, LA) participated in the first inaugural “State of Coastal Ecosystem Research in Texas (SCERT)” meeting on the campus of Texas A & M University in Galveston. The meeting, held July 16 – 17, was organized by USGS and Texas A & M University-Galveston and brought together researchers and managers from Federal, State, university and private agencies. The objectives of the meeting were (1) to share information about research interests and ongoing studies of near-shore marine ecosystems along the Texas coast, (2) to discuss future research collaborations and (3) to get input on the future research direction of the USGS Gulf Coast Field Station at Corpus Christi, TX. In addition to USGS/NWRC and Texas A & M University, participants included USGS Texas Water Science Center, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Park Service, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Houston Advanced Research Center and Galveston Bay Estuary Program. (Jack Waide, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8893)

USGS Coordinates with Galveston County Emergency Management Office: On July 19, USGS National Wetlands Research Center (Lafayette, LA) director Greg Smith met with John Simsen, coordinator of Galveston County’s (TX) Office of Emergency Management and other agency representatives for their monthly meeting in Galveston on hurricane preparedness. Smith presented NWRC’s capabilities for emergency response using spatial analysis technologies such as the evaluation of land use, recovery and restoration and the development of maps and imagery of critical infrastructure for first-responder assessments. (Greg Smith, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8501)

Press Inquiries/Media

USGS Acting Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson and USGS Geographer Steve Hartley, both from the National Wetlands Research Center (Lafayette, LA), were interviewed, July 19, by KATC TV (Lafayette, LA) for a story on the Science Response Vehicle (SRV). The story ran on the July 19 evening news.

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