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September 2009 Announcements

- Call for Abstracts: 2010 Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference

Proposals for oral presentations and posters are now being accepted for the Land Grant and Sea Grant National Water Conference (scheduled for February 21 to 25, 2010 at Hilton Head, SC).  The conference provides opportunities for water scientists, engineers, educators, and managers to share knowledge and ideas, to identify and update emerging issues, and to network with leading researchers, educators, and innovators from academia, government, and the private sector.  The conference is hosted by a team of educators from Land Grant and Sea Grant Institutions around the nation in cooperation with national program leaders from USDA and NOAA.  Proposals are accepted through September 15, 2009.  The five categories include: Rural & Coastal Environmental Protection, Agricultural Best Management Practices, Human Dimensions of Water Resources, Watershed Assessment & Restoration, and Conservation & Resource Management.  http://www.usawaterquality.org/



- Upcoming Conference:  Estuaries and Coasts in a Changing World (CERF)

The Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 2009 Program Committee invites you to register for CERF 2009 (Portland, Oregon, 1-5 November 2009). The Federation is committed to bringing scientists and students from around the world together to exchange information and ideas about the science and management of coastal ecosystems. Abstract submission is closed but registration for the meeting continues.   Students: for information about travel awards or reduced registration fees for student workers, check under the "Students" tab at the top right of the CERF 2009 page.



- Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (NOAA National Ocean Service)

The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS, http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/) invites customers to participate in an American Customer Satisfaction Index Survey. Your participation would help CO-OPS improve its water level and tidal current products and customer services. For over 200 years, CO-OPS and its predecessors have gathered data along our nation's coasts and turned those data into meaningful information to protect life, property, and the environment. CO-OPS would like to determine user satisfaction and would appreciate your feedback. CFI Group, an independent research and consulting firm, is conducting this survey, which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. The survey is hosted via a secure server and responses will remain strictly confidential and anonymous. Please take a few minutes to rate CO-OPS performance via the Internet by clicking on the link below. Click the following link to start... https://svy.cfigroup.com/cgi-bin/qwebcorporate.dll?idx=9W8NQD&rk=MG6UFW

- Funding Announcement: Environmental Engineering (Nat’l Sci Foundation)

The Environmental Engineering program supports fundamental research and educational activities concerned with understanding the impacts of human activities on the public health, natural environmental quality, and natural resources and with developing the scientific basis for identifying, analyzing, solving, mitigating, or managing environmental problems caused by human activities. The program fosters cutting-edge scientific research based on fundamental science for identifying, evaluating, and developing new methods and technologies for assessing the waste assimilative capacity of the natural environment and for removing or reducing conventional and emerging contaminants from polluted air, water and soils. Submission Window(s): August 15, 2009 - September 17, 2009; February 1, 2010 - March 3, 2010.  http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=501029


- Funding Announcement: Coastal Hypoxia Research Program (NOAA)

NOAA is soliciting proposals for projects of 2 to 5 years in duration that advance understanding, prediction, and management of the causes and ecological and economic impacts of hypoxia in representative coastal ecosystems. Deadline: October 14, 2009. http://www07.grants.gov/search/search.do?oppId=48534&mode=VIEW


- Funding Announcement: Harmful Algal Bloom Program (NOAA)

NOAA is soliciting proposals for the interagency Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms Program (ECOHAB), the NOAA Monitoring and Event Response for Harmful Algal Blooms Program (MERHAB), and the NOAA Prevention, Control, and Mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms Program (PCMHAB). Deadline:October 14, 2009.

  • ECOHAB aims to develop quantitative understanding of HABs and, where applicable, their toxins in relation to the surrounding environment with the intent of providing new information and tools, predictive models and forecasts, and prevention strategies and to develop models of trophic transfer of toxins, knowledge of biosynthesis and metabolism of toxins, and assessment of impacts of toxins on higher trophic levels.
  • The principal objective of MERHAB is to build capacity of local, state, and tribal governments, and the private sector, for less costly and more precise and comprehensive monitoring of HAB cells and toxins, and for responding to HAB events.
  • The PCMHAB program will transition promising technologies and strategies for preventing, controlling, or mitigating HABs and their impacts from development through demonstration and technology transfer for field application by end-users.



- Funding Announcement: National Oceanographic Partnership Program and Interagency Committee on Ocean Science and Resource Management Integration (US Dept of Defense)

The Office of Naval Research solicits research proposals for two topics: 1: Improving Attachments of Electronic Data Loggers to Cetaceans, and 2: Improvements in High-Resolution, Tide-Resolving Global Ocean Predictions. Team efforts are required among at least two of the following three sectors: academia, industry (including Non-Governmental Organizations - NGOs), and government (including state and local). Deadline:  November 23, 2009. http://www.dodtechmatch.com/DOD/Opportunities/FedBizView.aspx?id=09-037


- Workshop Materials Available: Planning for Climate Change (NERRS)

Materials are now available for Planning for Climate Change, a workshop that was developed as a national project for the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). The workshop is geared primarily toward shoreline planners and developed so that Coastal Training Programs (and other agencies) around the country can customize the workshop and use it as part of their educational efforts regarding climate change. It was piloted twice (in Washington State) and, while it lays a foundation in current climate research, it primarily addresses the fundamentals of how to prepare and adapt to the anticipated impacts of climate change. Workshop materials, evaluation results, lessons learned, PowerPoint presentations, and streaming video of the training sessions are all posted on the NERRS website: http://nerrs.noaa.gov/Training/padillabay/project.html.


- Upcoming Workshop: Mapping Georgia Communities: An Introduction to GIS & Community Analysis

There is a GIS mapping workshop being offered in Atlanta.  Participants can choose to attend November 12th or 13th, 2009 (8:30am - 4:30pm). The workshops are geared toward beginners who would like to map demographic information for Georgia communities -- great for Government Agencies, Public Health, Academic Institutions, Non-Profit Organizations, etc.  The focus is hands-on teaching of the fundamentals of using a Geographic Information System (GIS) for community analysis. Participants will learn to create thematic maps with Census data, Geocoding (Address mapping) and Spatial Queries. Other features of the workshop are learning to extract Census data and good map layout and design.  www.urban-research.info


- Resource: Coastal & Estuarine Science News (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation)

CESN provides summaries of selected articles from the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation's journal, Estuaries and Coasts: An International Journal of Coastal Science. The summary articles emphasize management applications of the scientific findings.  These are the most recent CESN summary topics:

  • Genetically Speaking, Mussels Recover Quickly from Sewage Impacts, Study Says
  • Snook Diet Diversity Goes, With the Flow, in Florida Creeks
  • N and P Reductions Necessary to Control Eutrophication in Coastal Waters
  • Satellite Data Provide Critical Information on the Really Big Picture

To read the articles, subscribe or receive them by email, please visit, http://www.erf.org/cesn/vol32n4.html


- Resource: Gulf of Mexico News (NOAA Ocean Service)

There are many Gulf-specific items here, but this comprehensive, monthly resource (from NOAA Ocean Service, Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management) also has lots to offer GCRC website visitors: funding information, scientific entries, government updates, etc.

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