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MARCH 2004

  CANADIAN OGC INTEROPERABILITY DAY
GeoConnections, PCI Geomatics, and the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) is inviting organizations to exhibit at the Canadian Interoperability Day scheduled for 23 April 2004 in Ottawa, Ontario. The objective of the day is to inform and engage federal stakeholders regarding the use of the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI) with Open GIS Consortium interoperable specifications. The showcase will allow exhibitors to demonstrate the use of OGC standards and specifications. There is no charge for exhibiting in the showcase; however, the deadline for registering is 29 March 2004. To register or to obtain further information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  WORKSHOP: WATERSHED MANAGEMENT ON PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
A workshop entitled Watershed Management on PEI: It's Where We Live will be held on 27 March 2004 in Charlottetown. Speakers will discuss the elements of a watershed plan, the process by which a plan is implemented and managed and the means by which watershed communities are engaged into the process. The registration deadline is 23 March. For information or to register, access http://www.upei.ca/avcinc/peiwatersheds.html.

  GEOMATICS ATLANTIC 2004
Geomatics Atlantic 2004 is scheduled for 7-9 June 2004 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The program will include pre-conference workshops, exhibitions, keynote speakers, technical presentations, poster presentations, and social events. The Conference is aimed at personnel from government agencies, the private sector, the post-secondary education sector, large municipalities and utility companies. The Geomatics Atlantic conference has been held annually since the mid 80s. For information, access http://www.geomaticsatlantic.com/.

  23RD ANNUAL SUBMERGED LANDS MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE
The SLM Conference is scheduled for 19-24 September 2004 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Conference themes include: jurisdiction and ownership of submerged lands; surveying, mapping and legal issues; public trust doctrine; commercial and recreational uses; fish habitat and aquaculture issues; navigation and shipwrecks; marine protected areas; hazard mitigation and coastal planning. For information, access http://www.gov.ns.ca/natr/land/slmc.

  USING TOPOGRAPHIC LIDAR TO MAP FLOOD RISK FROM STORM-SURGE EVENTS
Storm-surge flood risk mapping was a major objective of a recent Climate Change Action Fund project to evaluate coastal impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on Prince Edward Island. A paper published recently in the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing documents critical issues in lidar data acquisition and processing, including the need for ground validation. It also demonstrates the utility of high resolution digital elevation models (DEMs) derived from lidar data for flood risk mapping. The paper is available at http://pubs.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/cjrs/cjrs30/m03-053.pdf.

  C-CIARN WORKSHOP REPORTS
- The 3rd regional Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network - Atlantic Workshop was held in June 2003 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The aim of the Workshop was to explore adaptation strategies for communities, municipalities, infrastructure and transportation systems in the Atlantic Region. The Workshop report is available at http://www.dal.ca/~cciarn/resources/workshop3/index.html.

- The Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network - Coastal Zone Sector held a workshop entitled in February 2003 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Workshop focused on the implications of climate induced water level changes to coastal communities. The Workshop report is available at http://c-ciarn.bio.ns.ca/reports_e.php.

  MARINE CADASTRE ISSUES: WORKSHOP REPORT
The Report on the Outcomes of the UNB-FIG Meeting on Marine Cadastre Issues, held at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick on 15-16 September 2003 is available at http://gge.unb.ca/Research/LandStudies/MarineCadastre/UNB-FIG-Report.pdf. The aim of the meeting was to highlight conceptual, technical and institutional issues relating to marine cadastres.

  ADDRESSING THE DEPLETION OF THE ATLANTIC SALMON IN MAINE
A new report from the National Academies' National Research Council states that urgent actions are needed if the once-abundant Atlantic salmon in Maine are to be replenished. Rehabilitation efforts are needed statewide to preserve Maine's population of the fish, which constitutes most of the Atlantic salmon population in the United States. For information, access http://www4.nationalacademies.org/news.nsf/isbn/0309091357?OpenDocument.

  ICM INDICATORS
A paper published in the Journal Ocean & Coastal Management 2003, Frameworks and indicators for assessing progress in integrated coastal management initiatives, offers two frameworks for assessing progress over the extended time periods involved: the four Orders of Outcomes that group together the sequences of institutional, behavioral and social/environmental changes that can lead to more sustainable forms of coastal development; and a version of the more familiar ICM policy cycle. The paper is available at http://www.crc.uri.edu/comm/download/Olsen_Frameworks.pdf.

  PUBLIC CONSULTATIONS: SPECIES AT RISK ACT
The Species at Risk Act (SARA) was proclaimed in June 2003, and is one of a three-part Government of Canada strategy for the protection of wildlife species at risk. The Act provides the public with a consultation process. The current public consultation documents are: Consultation on Amending the List of Species Under the Species At Risk Act; and Federal Policy Discussion Paper: Critical Habitat. 14 May 2004 is the deadline for commenting. For information and to download the documents, access http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca/public/default_e.cfm.

  CLIMATE CHANGE LEADING TO THE DECLINE OF FISH STOCKS
Overfishing is not the sole cause of dramatically declining fish stocks in the north Atlantic Ocean, or worldwide, according to marine biologists at a recent Royal Society meeting in London. Environmental changes such as climate warming may be just as important. The scientists urged governments to consider these factors when managing fisheries. For information, access an article in the news section of the journal Nature at http://www.nature.com/nsu/040301/040301-8.html.

  LINGERING OIL INJURY FROM THE EXXON VALDEZ
A major reassessment of the status of recovery from the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska (1989) was conducted in the winter of 2001-02. For information, access the 2003 Status Report of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. A recent article in Science entitled Long-Term Ecosystem Response to the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill refers to the unexpected persistence of toxic subsurface oil and its continued effect on wildlife. For information, email the senior author, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of North Carolina.

  COPRANET: THE EU COASTAL PRACTICE NETWORK
Twenty EU partners from eleven countries will be working over the next three years to deliver the CoPraNet project. The objectives of the project are: to help establish a coastal practitioners network and bridge the gap between planners, managers and the research community throughout Europe; and to support interregional exchange of best practice information on sustainable tourism and coastal erosion and beach management through an integrated approach. For more details access http://www.nwcoastalforum.co.uk/activities.php.

  A GEOSPATIAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE US COASTAL ZONE
A recent report from the National Academies' Committee on National Needs for Coastal Mapping and Charting concludes that a national project to collect real-time data on tides, topography and ocean depth along US shorelines should be started to provide more accurate information about the country's coastal zones, including improved maps and charts. The report is available at http://www.nap.edu/books/0309091764/html/.

  DRAFT US NATIONAL COASTAL CONDITION REPORT II
The Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds, Coastal programs, has released the draft National Coastal Condition Report II for public comment. This report is the second in a series and describes the ecological and environmental conditions in U.S. coastal waters. For information and to download the report, access http://www.epa.gov/owow/oceans/nccr2/index.html.

  MARINE PROTECTED AREAS TECHNOLOGY NEEDS ASSESSMENT IN THE USA
The goal of the MPA Technology Needs Assessment was to gather additional information on MPA-related applications of technology, gauge technical capacity within the marine management community, and evaluate associated needs. The results will guide the US National MPA Center and supporting institutes as they design products and services to support a national network of MPAs. Assessment report is available at http://www.csc.noaa.gov/mpa/mpa_needs.html.

  GLOBAL GREENHOUSE GAS REGISTER
In cooperation with leading businesses and environmental organizations, the World Economic Forum has created the Global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Register to promote corporate GHG emission transparency. The Global GHG Register is a tool for corporations to record their GHG emissions on a public website. The GHG is available at http://www.ghgr.org.

  DEADLINES
- 19 March is the deadline to register for a 2-day Course on Remote Sensing for Spatial Analysts, scheduled for 14-15 April 2004 in Charleston, South Carolina. Students will be presented with management scenarios and will use remote sensing, in combination with spatial data, to investigate issues such as land cover and use, shoreline erosion, and fisheries and benthic habitat assessment.

- 30 March 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 7th International Marine Environmental Modeling Seminar, scheduled for 19-21 October 2004 in Washington, DC. The theme is Environmental Modeling for North American Coastal Waters: Impact Assessment, Resource Management, and Mitigation.

- 1 April 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 16th Annual World Conference on Ecological Restoration, scheduled for 24-26 August 2004 in Victoria, British Columbia.

- 1 April 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference 2004, scheduled for 5-9 September 2004 in Brisbane, Australia. Topics include: Coastal poverty and sustainable livelihoods; Coastal ecosystem management; Community participation; Coastal resource economics; Coastal area planning; Integrated coastal management; and Coastal communities and cultures.

- 2 April 2004 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 6th Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Workshop, scheduled for 29 September - 2 October 2004 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. Topics include: Physical, chemical and biological oceanography; Ecology and natural history of the region; Fisheries; Wildlife biology; Resource use by humans; Ecosystem health or integrity; Marine protected areas, wildlife reserves or parks; and Coastal or watershed issues around the Bay.

  UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
- 22-23 March 2004: 11th Annual Conference of the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society, Halifax, Nova Scotia

- 28-31 March 2004: GeoTec Event, Toronto, Ontario

- 31 March - 3 April 2004: International Symposium on Quantitative Ecosystem Indicators for Fisheries Management, Paris, France

- 1 April 2004: Geomatics IT Showcase 2004, Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS), Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia

- 14-15 April 2004: Workshop on Microbial Source Tracking (MST) Applications, Wolfville, Nova Scotia. For information, email Denise Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

- 19-23 April 2004: Coast to Coast '04, Australia's National Coastal Conference, Hobart, Australia

- 20-22 April 2004: 15th Global Warming International Conference and Expo, San Francisco, California

- 21-22 April 2004: Conference entitled Integrated Coastal Zone Management: Fact or Fiction?, Plymouth, UK

- 26-28 April 2004: CoastWetChange, the International Conference on Lagoons and Coastal Wetlands in the Global Change Context: Impacts and Management Issues, Venice, Italy

- 26-29 April 2004: Forum on Coastal Change, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

- 26-28 April 2004: Coastal Environment 2004, the 5th International Conference on Environmental Problems in Coastal Regions, Alicante, Spain

- 28-29 April 2004: 8th Canadian Pollution Prevention Roundtable (CPPR), Ottawa, Ontario

- 28-30 April 2004: 12th Annual GIS Research UK Conference, Norwich, UK

- 28-30 April 2004: Oil Spill 2004, the 4th International Conference on Hydrocarbon Spills, Modelling, Analysis and Control, Alicante, Spain

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

  POSITION: COORDINATOR, SOUTHERN GULF OF ST. LAWRENCE COALITION ON SUSTAINABILITY
The Coalition is seeking an experienced and dynamic person to fill the role of coordinator. The coordinator works with the public, mainly through the membership of the Coalition; ensures sound financial management; supervises personnel; coordinates working group meetings; writes reports and minutes of meetings; edits the Coalition website and the “Messenger”, the Coalition’s newsletter; and ensures the daily management of the office. 16 March is the deadline for applying. For further information, access http://www.coalition-sgsl.ca/main/en/job.html.

  OIL AND GAS DEVELOPMENT IN THE CANADIAN OFFSHORE: TRI-COASTAL EXPERIENCES
The Maritime Awards Society of Canada (MASC), the Marine Affairs Program (MAP) and the Marine and Environmental Law Programme (MELP) of Dalhousie University will host a discussion of Oil and Gas Development in the Canadian Offshore: Tri-coastal Experiences on Friday, 12 March 2004 at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The registration deadline is 8 March 2004.

 

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