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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 6, 2009      

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • USGS Scientist To Participate in Joint Meeting on Climate Change Modeling: On August 17, 2009, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Virginia Burkett will participate in a roundtable on “Applying Models of Global Climate Change to Natural Resources Management,” which will be held on the campus of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J. It will be hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The objective of the meeting is to have a two-way exchange about modeling requirements, data availability, applications, limitations, and land and water resource management needs ahead of the upcoming “Advanced Climate Modeling and Decision-making in Support of Climate Services” meeting to be held during the week of September 21-25. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Environmental Defense Fund Visitors:  A group with the Environmental Defense Fund visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center August 3, 2009 to learn about the center’s work on carbon sequestration and coastal loss and restoration. Viewing presentations and taking part in discussions were Lynn Scarlett, Jason Funk, Angelina Freeman, and Sarah Mack. After a welcome by Center Director Gregory Smith, presentations were made by Scott Wilson, Brady Couvillion, Karen McKee, Ken Krauss, and Stephen Faulkner. The group was also interested in the Delta Research and Global Observation Network partnership and the Forecast Mekong visualization framework. (Gregory Smith, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

  • USGS Scientist Provides Conservation Inspiration to Students: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Virginia Burkett gave a presentation about climate change and wildlife impacts to the Student Climate and Conservation Congress (SC3) held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va. on June 29, 2009. This annual event is designed to inspire our Nation’s youth, and the theme of the day was “Conservation in a Complex World.”  Burkett provided copies of the USGS sponsored booklet produced by the National Academies in 2009 entitled "Ecological Impacts of Climate Change" to all participants. She answered questions from the students and staff at the SC3 meeting and was subsequently asked to serve on the Board of the Green Schools Alliance, which is sponsored by the USFWS. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628) 

  • USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Participates in IPCC Scoping Meeting: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Virginia Burkett participated in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Scoping Meeting for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) in Venice, Italy, on July 12-17, 2009. Burkett was one of 40 scientists invited by the IPCC Working Group 2 to participate in the meeting. Forty scientists were also invited from Working Groups 2 and 3.  Participants at the scoping meeting produced an annotated outline for IPCC AR5 along with the process and timeline for the preparation of AR5. The draft scoping paper will be circulated for comments to United Nations-member 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 in Bali, Indonesia, in October. Burkett was appointed to a Special Task Group on sea-level rise which met twice during the scoping meeting. She was responsible for conveying the needs of the impacts and adaptation science community (WG2) to the Working Group 1 scientists who are working on the projections of sea-level rise and ice-sheet decline.  The work of the IPCC is of keen interest to the U.S. Government and all Department of the Interior bureaus.  IPCC assessment reports underpin U.S. climate change policy and adaptation strategies. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • USGS Scientist Participates in Annual Energy Modeling Forum: On July 27-28, 2009, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Virginia Burkett participated in the annual Energy Modeling Forum (EMF) at Snowmass, Colo. Sponsors were Stanford University, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Environmental Studies of Japan, the Australian Bureau of Agriculture and Resource Economics, Electric Power Research Institute, and Exxon Mobil Corporation.  The focus of the EMF meeting this year was climate change vulnerability, impacts, and adaptation in urban areas. Burkett gave an invited presentation on the climate change impacts on coastal urban areas. She also served on a panel of scientists who discussed impacts on urban transportation, water supply, and coastal infrastructure.  (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • USGS Scientist Presents Information About Climate Change in Louisiana: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Virginia Burkett addressed a group of 85 pastors, priests, and lay persons at a conference at the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, La., entitled "Building is a Moral Act: Saving Money and the Common Good” on July 29, 2009. Her talk was entitled "Climate change: how can it affect Louisiana?" (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

  • NWRC Contractor Contributes in Coastal Restoration Activity: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Patrick Boland joined with America's Wetland Conservation Corps in a voluntary restorative marsh planting at historic Avery Island in Iberia Parish, La., on Friday, July 31, 2009. (Patrick Boland, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8615)

  • NWRC Staff Provides Food for Families in Need: Employees of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center donated 245 pounds of nonperishable food as part of FedsFeedFamilies, a government-wide food drive. The food was delivered August 3, 2009 to FoodNet of Acadiana in Lafayette, La. For more information on the food drive, visit (Debbie Norling, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8654)

  • NWRC Contractor Provides Seminar on Sustainable Home Design: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Evelyn R. Anemaet provided a lunchtime seminar on August 4, 2009, as part of the USGS NWRC Seminar Series. Her presentation, “The Earthship Nest: Our Journey Towards Living Sustainably,” took audience members through the concept behind the Earthship design, showed how one biologist achieved her dream, and discussed the properties of  recycled building materials and sustainable construction. (Evelyn R. Anemaet, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8630) 

  • USGS Scientist Provides Keynote Address at USFWS Meeting: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Virginia Burkett gave the keynote presentation at a meeting of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Austin, Texas, on August 11, 2009.  Her presentation included results published in a 2009 report that she co-authored entitled “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” with the focus of this presentation on coastal systems and the Southwest. The meeting of roughly 275 USFWS employees was hosted by USFWS Region 2, which is based in Albuquerque, N. Mex. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)   

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