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From: Courtney H Schaneville
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, May 28, 2009

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • USGS Scientist Assists in Producing Assessment Report: Nominated by the U.S. Government, Virginia Burkett, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research, was selected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to participate in the Working Group II scoping meeting for the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report. The scoping meeting will be held in Italy in late July. The participants at this meeting will produce an annotated outline for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). One important change was noted in the IPCC invitation letter: the Panel decided to publish the Working Group I report one year in advance of the Working Group II and III reports. The new assessment will take into account recent scientific and policy developments, include an integrated treatment of adaptation and mitigation within an integrated sustainable development strategy, and the development of a regional approach to complement the global approach. It was also agreed that the new assessment work should be organized around a revised set of scenarios of socio-economic, climate, and environmental conditions, currently being prepared by the scientific community. In addition to the outline for AR5, the scoping meeting participants will also plan the process and timeline for the preparation of AR5. The draft scoping paper will be circulated for comments to governments and will then be submitted for consideration and approval to the Sessions of the three IPCC Working Groups and the 31st Session of the IPCC, scheduled to be held October 26-29 2009, in Bali, Indonesia. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)                                     

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • USGS Contributes to Climate Change Report: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett and USGS scientist Dave McGuire, completed work as co-authors of a U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) report entitled Global Change Impacts in the United States. This report represents a synthesis of the 21 CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Products (5 of which were led or co-led by the USGS) and relevant sections of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.  The U.S. climate change impacts report will be released in late June or July. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • NWRC Outreach Project Leader Delivers Plenary to Disaster Response Organization: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Gabrielle Bodin delivered the opening plenary at the Louisiana State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (LaVOAD) Training Event on May 29, 2009, in Lafayette, La. Eighty leaders from voluntary organizations throughout Louisiana attended the talk on “Climate Change in Louisiana.” LaVOAD is a consortium of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters within the state of Louisiana.  Its mission is to foster, through cooperation in mitigation and response, more effective service to people affected by disaster. (Gabrielle Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • USGS Discusses Conservation with China: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett participated in a meeting hosted by the U.S. State Department on May 29, 2009. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the two conservation 10-year Action Plans with China on wetlands and nature reserves and to begin implementation of Phase I activities under the China-U.S. agreement that addresses both topics.  (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • NWRC Represented at Annual Waterfowl Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Tommy Michot participated in the annual meeting of the Waterfowl Management, Evaluation, and Research Team (wfMERT) of the Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) on May 19-21, 2009. The meeting was held at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries facility at Alexander State Forest in central Louisiana. The MERT advises the joint venture on issues that deal with waterfowl research and management and helps managers set goals and objectives for region-wide waterfowl populations and habitats. The GCJV is part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, with the lead agency being the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The MERT is composed of some of the top waterfowl biologists in the joint venture, representing State and Federal agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations. Michot has been a member of the MERT since 1997, and results from a number of his studies have been used in models that influence management decisions. (Tommy Michot, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8664)

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

  • The USGS National Wetlands Research Center is mentioned as being an institution of pride for the city of Lafayette, La., in an article from The Advertiser on May 24, 2009.

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center Acting Assistant Center Director Gaye Farris and USGS geographer Michelle Fischer assisted Nicole Buskey of The Houma Courier in obtaining maps showing wetland loss along the Louisiana coast. The Houma Courier plans to feature an article on Louisiana coastal wetland loss sometime during the weekend of May 30-31, 2009.

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