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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, October 1, 2009      

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  • NWRC Scientists Publish Article Illustrating Radar and Optical Satellite Imagery in Emergency Response: The Journal of Coastal Research recently published images on its cover and an accompanying article, “A Case of Timely Satellite Image Acquisitions in Support of Coastal Emergency Environmental Response Management,” by USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists that illustrated the synergistic or enhanced application of their using both radar and optical satellite imagery in an emergency response ( Satellite Envisat Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar data collected during Hurricane Ike (landfall at Galveston, Texas, on September 13, 2008) provided the first unobstructed and regional view of surge flooding in southwest Louisiana. The radar images (via the International Charter) were used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for search and rescue planning. Although cloud cover prevented the use of optical satellite images during the surge event, Landsat Thematic Mapper image data documented the post-surge impacts to the coastal marsh. NWRC scientist Elijah Ramsey, III, NWRC contractor Amina Rangoonwala, Yukihiro Suzuoki (ASci Corporation, Inc.), Zhong Lu (USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center and USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory), and Dirk Werle (AERDE Environmental Research), contributed to the cover illustration and article. (Elijah Ramsey, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8575)

  • NWRC Scientists Collect Data on Nearly Extinct Ecosystem: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Tom Doyle, and biologist Larry Allain accompanied staff from the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on a field tour of a remnant coastal prairie site within Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish, La., on September 29, 2009. This nearly extinct ecosystem was the preferred wintering habitat of the whooping crane and is the central focus of reestablishing migratory routes. The Marceaux Island site (Federal) and the Deer Island site at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (State) are the only two protected prairie remnants in Louisiana. The trip was conducted to collect data on the site extent and floral composition of what remains of this imperiled system. (Tom Doyle, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8647)

  • NWRC Contractor Presents Wetlands Information to ULL Class: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Gabrielle Bodin presented information and materials on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and land loss to a University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Master’s Class in Social Studies Methods on September 29, 2009. The class discussed the presentation on wetlands’ functions and values, loss, and restoration. They also viewed educational CD-ROMs and discussed maps and map production. (Gabrielle B. Bodin, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Director Receives 2009 Eugene M. Shoemaker Communication Award: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Janine Powell received the 2009 Eugene M. Shoemaker Communication Award September 30, 2009, in Denver, Colo., in the “Multiple Products Category” for her work on “USGS Managers Meeting Suite of Communication Products.” (Janine Powell, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientist Receives USGS Central Region Diversity Award: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen L. McKee received the USGS Central Region Diversity Award in the Individual Category at the Central Region Awards Ceremony on September 30, 2009, in Denver, Colo. McKee received the award for her support of women in science. McKee co-founded, and serves as trustee on, a private foundation that supports and mentors young scientists. She also founded a new section in the Society of Wetland Scientists, “Women in Wetlands,” designed to aid the advancement of women in wetland ecology. (Karen McKee, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8662)

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  • NWRC Assists Videographer with Hypoxia Information: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff provided informational assistance on September 24, 2009, to a videographer, David McGowan, preparing b-roll on hypoxia for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (Gaye Farris, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8550)

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