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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, June 3, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: The staff of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center is assisting with response to the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Science Response Vehicle has been deployed and is operational at the Venice, La., Operations Center. NWRC continues to produce maps to support the oil response effort, including delineated land/water information to the LA SCAT team/La Oil Spill Office. NWRC Director Janine Powell is a member of the Department of the Interior Oil Spill Science Team and will attend a meeting in Reston, Va., the week of June 7 to finalize the science plan. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

    Other oil spill-related activities include:

    • A seagrass team led by NWRC scientist Jacoby Carter and geographer Chris Wells has established baseline sampling monitoring locations in Louisiana and Mississippi State waters.  Data will be used to measure the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on seagrass and submerged aquatic vegetation beds in the northern Gulf of Mexico. (Jacoby Carter; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8620)

    • USGS Geographer Chris Wells (National Wetlands Research Center) and AMD pilot Bill James flew an aerial observation and videography mission in support of Mid Continental Geographic Science Center, which is updating Environmental Sensitivity Index maps of southwestern coastal Louisiana as a response to the Deep Horizon Oil Spill. (Chris Wells; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8651)

    • USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Clint Jeske will lead a multi-agency team to conduct Natural Resource Damage Assessment marsh bird call surveys. Sampling is scheduled to begin June 8. (Clint Jeske, Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

    • USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff will participate in upcoming trustee-sponsored helicopter bird surveys. (Clint Jeske, Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

  • NWRC Observes Asian Pacific Heritage Month: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff observed 2010 Asian Pacific Heritage Month with presentations and exhibits during the month of May. NWRC scientist Richard Day presented a program on May 14, “All the Tea in China,” based on experiences from his travels there. NWRC contractor Hongqing Wang gave a presentation, “Wetland Research in China,” on May 21 describing the current state of wetland research in China and about the journey of his career from China to the United States. An exhibit of items and pictures from the Pacific Islands, generously loaned by NWRC scientists Nicole Cormier and Ken Krauss, as well as a book display by the center’s library, were also part of the programming. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS Participation in CNREP: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractors Susan Testroet-Bergeron and Andre Williams attended the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy National Forum (CNREP) 2010, a national forum on socioeconomic research in coastal systems. The conference, which focused this year on challenges of natural resource economics and policy, was held in New Orleans, La., May 26 – 28. (Andre Williams, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8542)

  • NWRC Contractors Present Hurricane-related Remote Sensing Capabilities: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractors Amina Rangoonwala (IAP) and Yukihiro Suzuoki (ASci) gave a presentation titled "Application of SAR data for Emergency Response and Management" at the 2010 Louisiana Hurricane Season Data Mining Workshop held on June 1, 2010, at the NASA/University of Louisiana at Lafayette Regional Application Center. Representatives from 20 agencies were in attendance.  (Amina Rangoonwala, Lafayette, La., 337-266-8558)

  • NWRC Scientist To Participate in USGS Modeling Conference: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief, Tom Doyle, will moderate a session on Climate Change during the 3rd USGS Modeling Conference.  The conference, which focuses this year on understanding and predicting the responses of ecological systems, will be held in Denver, Colorado June 7 – 11, 2010. Doyle is also a member of the conference steering committee. (Tom Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

  • Students To Visit NWRC To Learn About Geospatial Technology: Approximately 100 eighth through twelfth grade students participating in Nicholls State University’s Geospatial Technology Workshop will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on June 11, 2010. The students will view presentations and tour NWRC to learn more about geospatial work being conducted by the center. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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