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From: Gabrielle B. Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, December 1, 2008

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Affiliate Executive Director Retreat: USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) Director Gregory Smith, along with the Louisiana Governor’s Office, will provide background on coastal Louisiana wetlands during a briefing and coastal wetlands bus tour in New Orleans, La., on December 2 for NWF retreat attendees from throughout the United States. NWRC will provide customized tour atlases for the 60 attendees expected to participate in the tour. Smith serves on the board of NWF. (Greg Smith, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • DESDynI (Deformation Ecosystem Structure and Dynamics of Ice) Applications Workshop: On October 29-31, 2008, USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Elijah Ramsey, III attended the DESDynI Applications Workshop at the UC Sacramento Conference Center in Sacramento, California.  DESDynl's objective is a United States InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) and lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) mission optimized for studying hazards and global environmental change. That mission combines SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) and lidar satellite collections directly supporting InSAR and lidar waveform mapping and monitoring. The invited participants represented groups that study hazards and global environmental changes and produce related products. Some topics discussed included the needed operational constraints, collection strategies, processing levels, and envisioned products to successfully meet the hazards and environmental change objectives of the mission. Ramsey helped write the floods and coastal ecosystem monitoring portion of the Floods, Oceans, and Coastal Applications Working Group summary.

    "DESDynI meets the requirements as the fourth component of EarthScope, a continental-scale Earth observatory funded by NSF and conducted in partnership with the USGS and NASA,"  according to Dr. Andrea Donnellan, Program Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. (Elijah Ramsey, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8575)

  • Future Farmers of America (FFA) Agronomy Career Development Events (CDE) Workshop: USGS National Wetlands Research Center botanist Larry Allain participated in an FFA Agronomy CDE Workshop on November 20 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Ira Nelson Horticulture Center.  Allain discussed pest insect identification, morphology, and impact.  Workshop attendees included agriscience teachers and high school students planning on participating in annual state and national agronomy competition. The event is co-sponsored by the Acadiana Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) and ULL. The mission of this program is to prepare students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems. (Larry Allain, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8677)

  • Green T. Lindon Elementary Math and Science Fair: On November 21, USGS National Wetlands Research Center information specialist David Marks and contractor Andre Williams participated in the Green T. Lindon Elementary School Math and Science Fair in Youngsville, La. The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) outreach team explained the functions and importance of wetlands by using a table-top model of a wetland community. Students gained an appreciation for wetlands as they learned about their functions and values. (David Marks, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8623)

Press Inquiries/Media - Newspapers/magazines/wires, etc.

  • Claire Taylor, a reporter with The Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, La.), has produced a five-part series on Louisiana’s coastal wetland loss called “Losing Louisiana: A Tale of Two Coasts.” Taylor spoke with several USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists while researching the series. NWRC geographer John Barras is quoted concerning land loss rates, and an NWRC map showing southeast Louisiana land loss is featured online. The print component ran from November 23 – 27.

  • The USGS National Wetlands Research Center Library, along with a link to the library’s fact sheet, is featured on a Web site called Free Government Information at

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