NOVA SCOTIA INTRODUCES THE GEONOVA PORTAL
The GeoNOVA Portal is the Province of Nova Scotia's gateway to geographic information about Nova Scotia. The portal links collections of information held by federal, provincial and municipal offices and groups them into easy to search categories. The offerings are a mix of free information and web-based subscription services, for example, Property Online. GeoNOVA encourages the creation, collection, maintenance and distribution of information to support decision making and to reduce duplication of effort.
BAY OF FUNDY ECOSYSTEM WORKSHOP
The 6th Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Workshop is scheduled for 29 September - 2 October 2004 in Cornwallis Park, Nova Scotia. Sessions include: Contaminants and ecosystem health; Ecology of seabirds and shorebirds; Coastal development and sediment flux; Sustainable use and management of the Bay of Fundy; Science, mapping and information management; Fish, fisheries and aquaculture; Protecting special places; Monitoring environmental impacts in coastal areas; Coastal habitat - eelgrass and salt marsh; and Ecosystem modeling in a macrotidal estuary.
GULF OF MAINE MARINE ECOSYSTEM MAY HAVE ENTERED NEW PHASE
For most of the past 4,500 years, cod was abundant in the Gulf of Maine's coastal waters. Today, cod have given way to the Jonah crab with potential long-term consequences for coastal fisheries, according to a University of Maine research report published in the journal 'Ecosystems'. These findings could signal the likelihood of significant biological changes in other heavily fished parts of the world's oceans as well. According to the article, it is an overturning of the established order brought on by fishing pressure, which leads to major changes in the coastal marine ecosystem. For information, access a news release at http://www.umaine.edu/news/080904/EcosystemNewPhase.htm.
RESEARCH IN COASTAL MANAGEMENT: REQUEST FOR LETTERS OF INTEREST
The Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Program is soliciting Letters of Interest (LOI) for research in the area of climate change and coastal management. The due date is 17 September 2004. Topics of research that may be addressed include: Bay of Fundy, the Arctic, and Québec marine coasts; Comparative case studies of coastal management approaches or strategies currently in use in Canada and their capacity to address issues raised by climate change; and The implications of maladaptation for coastal management. For information, access http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/proposal_e.asp.
IMPROVING ACCESS TO DFO DATA
The DFO GeoPortal, recently upgraded, provides access to the publicly available data of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. GeoPortal comprises numerous tools and services to address the requirements of a broad audience, both internal and external to DFO. Tools available on this site provide pre-defined dynamic views that are made up of DFO data combined with data from other government and private organizations. GeoPortal is compliant with the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) specifications.
CANADA'S INVASIVE ALIEN SPECIES STRATEGY
CSA EARTH OBSERVATION APPLICATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The Canadian Space Agency issued a Request for Proposals on 13 July to conduct pilot projects addressing markets for Earth Observation (EO) satellite data. The closing date is 17 September. The EOADP aims to boost EO information accessibility and utilization by developing applications that use data generated by CSA supported missions, and to promote the increased operational use of data from RADARSAT and other earth observation satellites. For information, access R&D Services at http://www.merx.com.
ARCTIC CORING EXPEDITION 2004
The six-week Arctic Coring Expedition (ACEX) is an inaugural effort of the international Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). An expedition at the North Pole will study the geological history of the Arctic Ocean. By examining sediments recovered from beneath the seafloor, itself a technological and engineering feat, scientists will uncover and reconstruct the evolution of climate and environmental conditions of the past 50 million years. For information, access http://www.rcom-bremen.de/English/IODP.html.
CHANGES TO THE REPORT OF THE US COMMISSION ON OCEAN POLICY
At its 16th public meeting in July, the US Commission on Ocean Policy unanimously approved its Draft Final Report. The Report includes a number of modifications to recommendations and text in the Commission's Preliminary Report, released in April, e.g., many sections of the report have been revised to address the issue of climate change and its impacts on the oceans and coasts. Summaries of the Governors' and public comments and the complete text of Governors' comments are available on the Commission's website at http://www.oceancommission.gov.
SHIP-SINKING MONSTER WAVES
The European Space Agency ERS satellites have helped to confirm the widespread existence and relative frequency of 'rogue' waves of up to 30 metres. This has major safety, economic and environmental implications since current ships and offshore platforms are designed to withstand maximum wave heights of only 15 metres. The European Union-sponsored MaxWave programme which concluded in 2003 has now been superceded by the WaveAtlas programme which will create a worldwide atlas of rogue wave events and carry out statistical analyses. For details, access http://www.esa.int/export/esaCP/SEMOKQL26WD_Protecting_0.html.
SCORE CARD FOR MPAs
The World Bank has just released a revised version of the Score Card to Assess Progress in Achieving Management Effectiveness Goals for Marine Protected Areas. It is intended to help MPA managers and local stakeholders determine their progress along the management continuum and identify where they are succeeding and where they need to address gaps. Because it is intended to be completed by the MPA staff and other stakeholders, it can be a useful team building exercise. It is available online at http://www.icriforum.org/mpa/mpa_doc.html.
MSC COURSE: GEO-INFORMATION SCIENCE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The University of Southampton (UK), Lund University (Sweden) and the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation ITC (the Netherlands) are offering an 18-month Master of Science Course on Geo-information Science for Environmental Modelling and Management. The course will begin in September 2004. For information, access http://www.itc.nl/education/erasmus_mundus.
PROCEEDINGS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
- The Canadian Hydrographic Conference was held in May 2004 in Ottawa, Ontario. The Conference papers and presentations are available at http://www.chc2004.com/chc2004/index.php?page=531.
- The report entitled Adapting to Climate Change / S'adapter aux changements climatiques is now available at http://www.ouranos.ca/cc/table_e.html (English) and http://www.ouranos.ca/cc/table_f.html (French). The document is an overview of the state of knowledge in terms of climate change affecting Québec and surrounding regions. Topics include the evolution of the climate and the expected sectoral impacts. It was produced by Ouranos, the Consortium on Regional Climatology and Adaptation to Climate Change.
- The latest issue of Envirozine, Environment Canada's online magazine, is available at http://www.ec.gc.ca/envirozine/english/home_e.cfm. Articles include: "Researchers at Environment Canada's National Water Research Institute are developing forensic methods to 'fingerprint' the chemicals adversely affecting fish populations" and "Canadian scientists are taking part in a major international study this summer on how air pollutants are transported and transformed in the atmosphere".
- Indicators for Waterborne Pathogens, a report by a US National Research Council Committee, is available at http://www.nap.edu/catalog/11010.html. It deals with candidate indicators and/or indicator approaches for microbial pathogen contamination in US recreational waters (including coastal marine water and marine/estuarine water) and source water (including groundwater).
- The August 2004 issue of MPA NEWS (Vol. 6, No. 2), available at http://depts.washington.edu/mpanews/MPA55.htm, includes an article on the carrying capacity of MPAs. The article examines two management methods: general capacity limits for particular habitat types, like coral reefs, and estimating the "limits of acceptable change" for protected sites.
- NOAA's website http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/czm/dockpier.html provides links to products and reports of two national dock and pier workshops, Environmental and Aesthetic Impacts of Small Docks and Piers (January 2003) and Management Tools to Minimize the Impacts of Residential Docks and Piers (November 2003). It also provides access to a web-based, searchable database that provides a brief summary of how US States manage small docks and piers.
- 1 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2nd Annual Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Workshop, scheduled for 2-3 November 2004 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
- 10 September is the deadline for submitting paper and poster abstracts to the 10th National Science Meeting of the Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN), scheduled for 1-3 December 2004 in Québec City, Québec.
- 17 September is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 5th International Conference on Coastal Dynamics, scheduled for 11-15 April 2005 in Barcelona, Spain.
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 24-26 August 2004: 16th Annual World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Victoria, British Columbia.
- 25-27 August 2004: Canadian Society of Landscape Ecology and Management Meeting 2004, Waterloo, Ontario
- 30 August - 30 September 2004: International Course in Wetland Management, Wetlands Advisory and Training Centre (WATC) in Lelystad, The Netherlands
- 5-9 September 2004: Coastal Zone Asia Pacific Conference 2004, Brisbane, Australia
- 8-10 September 2004: Symposium on the Ecosystem of the Flemish Cap, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
- 9-11 September 2004: Marine Law Symposium to analyze ocean commission reports, Law School in Bristol and Newport, Rhode Island
- 12-15 September 2004: 2nd National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, Seattle, Washington
- 13-15 September 2004: American Shore and Beach Preservation Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA
- 13-15 September 2004: MIS 2004, the 4th International Conference on Management Information Systems, incorporating GIS and Remote Sensing, Malaga, Spain
- 13-17 September 2004: 38th Symposium of the Estuarine Coastal and Science Association, Rouen, France
- 13-17 September 2004: Challenger Conference for Marine Science, Liverpool, UK
- 14 September - 1 October 2004: Certificate Program in Community-based Resource Management, St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia
- 19-22 September 2004: Littoral 2004, Aberdeen, Scotland
- 19-23 September 2004: 13th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, Ennis, County Clare, Ireland
-19-24 September 2004: 23rd Annual International Submerged Lands Management Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 20-22 September 2004: 3rd Annual Atlantic Risk Based Corrective Action (RBCA) Conference, St. John's, Newfoundland
- 27-29 September 2004: 7th Annual Society for Conservation GIS (SCGIS) Conference, Shepherdstown, West Virginia
- 29-30 September 2004: Managing the Marine Cultural Heritage, Portsmouth, UK
- 27 September - 2 October 2004: 3rd International Conference on Marine Waste Water Discharges and Marine Environment, Catania, Sicily
- 29 September - 2 October 2004: 6th Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Workshop, Cornwallis Park, Nova Scotia
- 9-13 October 2004: AGU Chapman Conference on Salt Marsh Geomorphology: Physical and Ecological Effects on Landform, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 13-16 October 2004: SOLAS Open Science Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia