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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, September 3, 2009      

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Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Ecologist Selected for LCA Adaptive Management Team: USGS National Wetlands Research Center ecologist Greg Steyer was selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to participate on an Adaptive Management Strategic Framework Development Team for the Louisiana Coastal Area (LCA) program. On August 25-26, 2009 the team met to kick off the development of the Adaptive Management Framework. The team members are Barb Kleiss (USACE-Vicksburg), Craig Fischenich (USACE-Engineer Research and Development Center), Tomma Barnes (USACE-New Orleans), Greg Steyer (USGS-NWRC), Laura Brandt (U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service) and Steve Bartell (E2 Consulting). (Greg Steyer, Baton Rouge, La., 225-578-7201)

  • NWRC Contractors Present Seminar on Using Radar to Enhance Disaster Response: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractors Amina Rangoonwala and Yukihiro Suzuoki presented a 1- hour WebEx seminar entitled "Introduction to Radar Training Session" on August 27, 2009. Zhong Lu of the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center and Cascades Volcano Observatory started with a 2-hour overview of radar data, processing, and general uses.  Rangoonwala presented a brief introduction describing the logistics of mapping coastal inundations with Synthetic Aperture Radar data. Next, Suzuoki ran a data-processing flow simulation, showing the processing of Envisat Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) real-time. The process example described the detection of Hurricane Ike’s storm surge extent in western coastal Louisiana with Envisat ASAR data and the production of flood-inundation maps. The WebEx provided training to about 50 State emergency operations support personnel who needed help in understanding radar imagery and processing so they could more effectively use assets provided to them by the International Charter during disaster response operations. (Amina Rangoonwala, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8558)

  • NWRC Holds Blood Drive: USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff hosted a blood drive on August 28, 2009. Eighteen members of the staff participated in this blood drive for a total of 74 donors since January. The blood collected by the staff of Our Lady of Lourdes Bloodmobile supports the NWRC Annual Healthfair for employees. Blood drives are held every two months. (Debbie Norling, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8654)

  • TWSC Geographer Visits NWRC: Brian Reece of the Texas Water Science Center (TWSC) met with the USGS National Wetlands Research Center Executive Management Team and the Spatial Analysis Branch on September 1, 2009, to discuss geographic information system activities and partnerships. (Scott Wilson, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8644)

  • USGS Scientist Presents Climate Change Information to American Fisheries Society: On September 3, 2009, Virginia Burkett gave two presentations at the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society in Nashville, Tenn. The presentations were in a symposium on climate change and fisheries and included key findings from the 2009 report Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States. (Virginia Burkett, Many, La., 318-256-5628)

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

  • Green Guru: Advice for the Eco-minded (Audubon Magazine; September/October 2009)
    In this column, USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen McKee answers a question posed by a reader about why swamps sometimes smell like rotten eggs.

  • Friendly Neighbors Are Key to a Great Neighborhood (Village News; Lafayette, La., Fall 2009)
    The USGS National Wetlands Research Center is mentioned in an article about NWRC scientist Ken Krauss and his family.

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