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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, February 9, 2012  

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  • USGS NWRC Partners with USFWS to Map Texas Coastal Wetlands: A team under the direction of USGS National Wetlands Research Center Geographer William R. Jones has started mapping 2010 Texas Wetlands from Galveston Bay to Louisiana. These wetlands provide habitat for a variety of migratory and shorebirds species as well as abundant fishery resources. This mapping effort will assist with spatial data needs for the Gulf Coast and Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative (GCPLCC) and the Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV). (William R. Jones; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8581)

  • Papers Published on Remote Sensing Mapping of Macro-algae: Papers recently published in the International Journal of Remote Sensing by USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Elijah Ramsey III, contractor Amina Rangoonwala (Five Rivers Services LLC), and others entitled “Spectral definition of the macro-algae Ulva curvata in the back-barrier bays of the Eastern Shore of Virginia, USA,” and “Flat-plate techniques for measuring reflectance of macro-algae (Ulva curvata)” describe new developments that can be used to determine the intrinsic spectral properties of macro-algae and corrects field methods that are widely used for determining macro-algae spectral reflectance. The new method developments provide (1) pigment compositions of the epiphytes and their influence on spectral properties, (2) detection estimates of layered macro-algae in lagoon waters with remote sensing with respect to (a) turbidity, (b) depth, (c) layer structure, and (d) epiphyte presence, and (3) theoretical and measured spectra illustrating errors commonly used in flat-plate techniques. (Elijah Ramsey III; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8575)

  • NWRC Scientists Assist with Determinations for Wild and Scenic Rivers Program: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientists Beth Middleton and Hardin Waddle participated in a workshop at Big Thicket National Preserve in Kountze, Texas, on February 7-8, 2012, to assist the Preserve in determining the eligibility of several segments of the rivers in the Preserve for the National Wild and Scenic Rivers program. They were invited to participate by the National Park Service. (Hardin Waddle; Lafayette, La., 337-266-8671)

  • Students to Visit NWRC: Staff from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center will host 12 students from Carencro High School on February 10, 2012. The students will learn about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and research being performed at the Center. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS NWRC Participates in Southeast Climate Science Center Planning Workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida:  On February 14-16, 2012, USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed and John Tirpak (Science Coordinator for the Gulf Coastal Plains and Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) and NWRC Scientist) will participate in a Science Capabilities meeting of the Southeast Climate Science Center (SECSC) at USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Gerard McMahon, Director of the SECSC, is hosting a sampling of interdisciplinary Federal, State, and Academic scientists to discuss SECSC science themes, with presentations from the LCCs, USGS science centers and North Carolina State University scientists and follow-up discussion by the group. The objectives of the technical exchange are to summarize current SECSC theme-related research, assess the key niches/opportunities/research questions, identify key science partners, and project what science the SECSC should be working on related to this theme in 5-10 years. Turnipseed and Tirpak will represent the NWRC and GCPO LCC, respectively at the workshop and present current science thrusts and future plans with respect to the SECSC. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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