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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, January 19, 2012  

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  • La CPRA Releases Draft 2012 Coastal Master Plan: A ground breaking planning effort by Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority shows that while the future of Louisiana’s coastline is imperiled, the state has the opportunity to take bold action to save the coast and secure south Louisiana’s future. The CPRA’s Draft 2012 Coastal Master Plan is based on a two-year analysis involving some of the state’s best scientists as well as national and international specialists. The state used this analysis to select 145 high performing projects that could deliver measurable benefits to communities and coastal ecosystem over the coming decades. The plan concludes, based on available evidence, that if these projects were fully funded at a price tag of $50 billion, they could substantially increase flood protection for communities and create a sustainable coast.  USGS Chief Scientist for Global Change Virginia Burkett participated in the effort as part of the Science and Engineering Board and USGS Louisiana Water Science Center scientist Chris Swarzenski participated on the Framework Development Team. USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists Greg Steyer, Brady Couvillion, Hongqing Wang and contractors Holly Beck and Bill Sleavin participated as part of the Wetland Morphology Team. NWRC scientist Craig Conzelmann and contractors Sumani Chimmula, Mark McKelvy, and Kevin Suir participated as the Data Integration Team. NWRC scientist Jacoby Carter participated as part of the Vegetation Team. NWRC scientist Karen McKee participated as a member of the Marsh Collapse Advisory Panel. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Scientist Participates in Indonesian Mangrove Workshop: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Karen McKee will participate in an invited workshop sponsored by The Nature Conservancy, Mangroves and Natural Coastal Protection, to be convened in Bogor, Indonesia, January 19-22, 2012. The purpose of the workshop is to establish a common baseline of best available knowledge on the role of mangroves in coastal protection and to develop plans for disseminating this information to scientists, engineers, decision-makers, and the general public. Along with seventeen other expert panelists, McKee will help develop a series of information products that will cover topics such as the role of mangroves in reducing impacts of sea-level rise, wave and storm surges, shoreline erosion, and coastal disasters (tsunamis, hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons). She will deliver a presentation entitled “Elevation Change in Mangrove Ecosystems in Different Sedimentary Settings,” which will set the stage for discussions of sea-level rise. After the formal workshop, the group will visit a mangrove plantation established by Wetlands International in Pulau Dua to view and discuss issues related to managed mangrove forests. The archipelago of Indonesia contains the largest area of mangroves in the world (about 3.5 million hectares or 25% of the world’s total) and was also the area most affected by the 2004 Asian Tsunami (170,000 deaths). (Karen McKee; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8662)

  • NWRC Staff To Meet with USGS Leaders to Discuss Future Gulf of Mexico Work: On January 25-27, 2012, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed, NWRC Branch Chief Greg Steyer, and USGS Southeast Area Hydrologist Alyssa Dausman will travel to Reston, Va., to meet with USGS Associate Director for Ecosystems Anne Kinsinger, USGS Associate Director for Water Bill Werkheiser, USGS Associate Director of Climate and Land Use Change Matt Larsen, and Program Coordinator for the Coastal and Marine Geology Program John Haines to discuss the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force (GCERTF) effort and the new Draft USGS Science Strategy for the Gulf of Mexico. The GCERTF is a Presidential initiative formed to build on the ongoing spill response and natural resource damage assessment effort, as well as achieve overall recovery for the gulf, and is comprised of Federal and state leaders and informed by stakeholders in the region. On January 27, Turnipseed, Steyer, and Dausman will meet with USGS Deputy Director Suzette Kimball. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Homeschool Group to Visit NWRC: Approximately 50 students from the group “Adventures in Homeschooling” will view a presentation about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and tour the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on January 20, 2012. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Staff To Educate Students About Careers in Science: USGS National Wetlands Research Center staff and contractors will participate in Career Connections on January 25, 2012, in Lafayette, La. The career fair is designed to educate approximately 4,000 tenth graders from Lafayette, Iberia, St. Martin, and Vermilion parishes about career options. NWRC Deputy Director Matthew Andersen, scientists Hardin Waddle, Brad “Bones” Glorioso, Steve Hartley, William "Ches" Vervaeke, and Information Specialist Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin will encourage students and answer their questions about careers in biology, ecology and geography. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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