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JANUARY 2000

 LOOKING FORWARD: TREATY IMPLICATIONS
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs (APC) are co-hosting a conference entitled Looking Forward: Treaty Implications in St. John's, Newfoundland on 1-3 February 2000. For information, telephone the APC office in Amherst, Nova Scotia at 902-667-4006.

 HIGH RESOLUTION COASTAL MAPPING PROJECT
A meeting of collaborants concerned with the development of a High Resolution Coastal Mapping Project proposal was held on 17 December at the Nova Scotia Geomatics Centre in Amherst, Nova Scotia. For details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ACZISC Secretariat.

 COASTAL ZONE CANADA 2000 CONFERENCE
The 1st Call for Posters, Case Studies, and Workshops (deadline - 31 January) and Papers (deadline - 30 April) has been issued for the Coastal Zone Canada 2000 Conference scheduled for 17-22 September 2000 in Saint John, New Brunswick. For information, access the CZC2000 website or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE SABLE GULLY
The Oceans Act Coordination Office of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region has announced the release of the educational CD-ROM entitled Virtual Tour of the Sable Gully. The CD was created through a partnership between DFO and Environment Canada; it introduces the user to the many unique physical and biological properties of the Sable Gully through virtual flights, video clips, sound bytes, biological descriptions, maps and graphics. For information or to obtain a copy, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 GEORGES BANK MORATORIUM EXTENDED
The 1988 Canadian moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the Georges Bank area was scheduled to expire on 1 January 2000. Federal and provincial natural resources ministers announced on 22 December that the ban was being extended to 2012. The US moratorium has also been extended to 2012. A press release is available.

 ACAP SAINT JOHN HAS MOVED
After seven years in Market Square, ACAPSJ has relocated to 76 Germain Street, Saint John, New Brunswick. For information on the non-profit community based environmental management and research organization, access http://user.fundy.net/acapsj.

 GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE ESTUARINE RESEARCH SOCIETY
The GSLERS was recently formed at a meeting in Prince Edward Island. It is a non-profit organization established to promote research of estuarine and coastal waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. For information, email the interim President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 GULF OF MAINE
The Gulf of Maine Environmental Information Exchange is actively engaged in discussing the needs for information exchange around the Gulf of Maine and ways of meeting these needs. GOMINFOEX has requested input on a draft vision for the Information Exchange for year 2020. To provide input, accesshttp://www.gulfofmaine.org/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?action=show&file=48.

 COMMUNITY FUNDING APPLICATION DEADLINE
1 February 2000 is the deadline for applications to Environment Canada's EcoAction 2000 Community Funding Program. EcoAction 2000 provides financial support to community groups for projects that have measurable positive impacts on the environment. For information, access http://www.ns.ec.gc.ca/community/funding.html or phone 1-800-663-5755.

 DISASTER MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
An Open Consultation Workshop will be held on 17 January 2000 in Ottawa, Ontario to develop recommendations for research and operational direction to agencies applying geospatial technologies to support Disaster Management. The Workshop is hosted by the National Remote Sensing Advisory Group on Disaster Management. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 INTERNATIONAL OCEAN INSTITUTE VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY
Plans are under way to establish the IOI Virtual University. Its first mandate would be to grant an internationally recognized, interdisciplinary Master's Degree in Ocean Affairs to students anywhere in the world. Based at Dalhousie University and built on the twelve worldwide IOI Operational Centres and their host institutions, the Virtual University would be open to the participation of other universities. For information on proposed courses, etc., email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 PROPOSED INDEX OF ICM TOPICS
Jens Sorensen, Harbor and Coastal Center, University of Massachusetts is seeking comments on a proposed index of Integrated Coastal Management topics. The index will have several uses, including providing words and topics in searches of databases; it currently contains 263 topics.

 COASTAL MONITORING IN THE U.K.
The Environment Agency of England and Wales has developed a holistic approach to marine monitoring utilizing remote sensing techniques in association with in situ sensors. It provides a comprehesive picture of the temporal and spatial variability in water quality in the dynamic coastal environment. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOURS TO MAP THE WORLD
An 11-day Shuttle Radar Topography Mission in late January or early February will employ imaging radar to bounce signals off the surface of Earth. The signals will be used to produce three-dimensional images, which are expected to provide the most complete high-resolution database of the Earth's surface. The maps will be used to study several science issues, ranging from flooding to earthquake hazards to climate change.

 COASTAL ENGINEERING AND OCEANOGRAPHY
The website located at http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Launchpad/9631/ocean.html is a portal to coastal engineering and oceanography resources, including software, numerical models (hydrodynamic, wave, sediment transport, etc), data sources (waves, tides, bathymetry, etc.), educational resources (breakwater design, shore protection, books, courses, on-line tutorials, glossaries, etc.) and much more.

 PUBLIC SURVEY ON OCEAN HEALTH AND PROTECTION
The Ocean Project, a major collaboration in North America involving aquariums, zoos, and science, technology, and natural history museums, recently completed anational survey of the U.S. public on the connections, values, attitudes, and knowledge related to the oceans. The Survey will be used in part to help move the public toward an ocean ethic. Highlights of the Survey and an Analysis of the Research are available at http://www.theoceanproject.org under Current Activities.

 HALF THE WORLD'S MAJOR RIVERS ARE GOING DRY OR ARE POLLUTED
According to a report prepared by the World Commission on Water for the 21st Century, backed by the World Bank and the U.N., more than half the world's major rivers are going dry or are polluted. Not only are the rivers in jeopardy, but also their surrounding ecosystems and those who live in them. An action plan is being developed. For information, access http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_538000/538457.stm.

 DEADLINES
29 January 2000 for submitting abstracts to the 4th International Conference on Integrating Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Modelling (GIS/EM4), scheduled for 2-8 September 2000 in Banff, Alberta. For information, email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

31 January 2000 for submitting abstracts to the Canadian Cartographic Association Conference, scheduled for 31 May - 3 June 2000 in Edmonton, Alberta. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

1 February 2000 for articles to be submitted to the upcoming issue of the InterCoast Newsletter. This issue will focus on the impacts of land-based activities on the coastal zone and in particular activities far from the coast, but within the watershed, which can significantly impact the coastal region. For information, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
- 18 January 2000: RADARSAT Imagery Workshop, Fredericton, New Brunswick. For information or to register for this free workshop, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- 18-22 January 2000: 6th Annual National Science Meeting of the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN), Toronto, Ontario. For information, emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- 24-28 January 2000: 10th Biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting, San Antonio, Texas.

- 2-5 February 2000: Aquaculture America Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

- 2-3 March 2000: Understanding the Environmental Effects of Offshore Hydrocarbon Development, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. For information or to register for this free workshop, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- 8-10 March 2000: Geomatics 2000, Montréal, Québec.

- For a more complete list of conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.

 

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