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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, November 4, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Upcoming

  • NWRC Scientist to Teach Workshop on Causal Networks at Duke University: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Jim Grace will teach an invited workshop at Duke University in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy the week of November 15, 2010. The workshop will be entitled, “An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling.” In addition to the workshop, Grace will collaborate with several researchers on the multivariate analyses of environmental data. (Jim Grace; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8632)

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • Workshops in Wetland Photointerpretation Held: USGS National Wetlands Research Center geographer Chris Wells and USGS Emeritus Volunteer Calvin P. "Pat" O'Neil taught a two-part workshop, "Introduction to Wetland Photointerpretation" and "Advanced Wetland Photointerpretation," October 27 through November 3, 2010.  Students were from private consulting and engineering firms and also state and federal agencies. Students learned how to orient themselves using maps and aerial imagery, wetland habitat signature development, habitat delineation, and developed skills in wetland classification. In the future, O'Neil and Wells will offer the workshops annually and as requested for other times. (Chris Wells; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8651)

  • Keynote Presentation to Focus on Impacts of Climate Change in Coastal Zone of Southeastern United States: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett will present a keynote talk at a NASA workshop in New Orleans on November 3, 2010.  The workshop is being hosted for NASA partners and grantees involved in NASA's Applied Sciences Program Gulf of Mexico Initiative. Burkett's talk will focus on the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise in low-lying coastal zones of the southeastern United States. (Virginia Burkett; Many, La.; 318-256-5628)

  • NWRC Scientist To Present Seminar at LSU On Recent Coastal Wetlands Research: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen McKee will give a seminar in the School of the Coast and Environment at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on November 5, 2010.  The title of her presentation is “Coastal Wetland Responses to Elevated CO2, Climate Change, and Sea-Level Rise.” McKee will present recent results of her research program, which focuses on global change ecology and biocomplexity of wetland ecosystems, and meet with faculty and students for lunch and further discussion. The seminar will synthesize findings of research published recently in the journals Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Journal of Ecology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662).

  • Students from Holy Family Home Educators To Visit NWRC: Approximately 25 students of varying ages from Holy Family Home Educators in Lafayette, La., will view a presentation on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and tour the USGS National Wetlands Research Center to view scientists at work on November 10, 2010. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS To Participate in Interagency Climate Change Project: USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research Virginia Burkett and National Wetlands Research Center Branch Chief Thomas Doyle will participate in a coordination meeting at College Park, Md., November 11 – 12, 2010, as part of a new Interagency Climate Change Project spearheaded by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. One of the main objectives of the proposed work is to develop and apply a regional integrated assessment modeling framework for the Gulf Coast region of the United States for aiding decision-making on mitigation and adaption strategies related to climate change. (Thomas Doyle; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8647)

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

  • Justin Gillis with the New York Times interviewed Virginia Burkett, USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Research, on October 22, 2010. Gillis was interested in factors that might amplify or mitigate the effects of sea level rise on Gulf coast ecosystems and communities. They discussed many other climate-related "drivers" that influence the nature of impacts in low-lying coastal systems, such as slope, geology, sediment and fresh water delivery, subsidence/uplift, the intensity of storms, and wave height. Burkett provided him with some highlights of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change coastal chapter and the rates of sea level rise projected in the more recent literature. (Virginia Burkett; Many, La.; 318-256-5628)

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