RSVP: GPAC MEETING
CANADIAN PARKS AND WILDERNESS SOCIETY AGM
The Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is hosting the national AGM of the Society beginning at 1830 hrs on Thursday, 23 September 2004 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The guest speaker Dr. Jon Lien chairs the Minister’s Advisory Council on Oceans for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He will be discussing how ocean conservation is linked with community survival. The general public is invited. For information, access http://www.cpawsns.org/.
POSITIONS WITH THE GULF OF MAINE COUNCIL
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (GOMC) will be contracting with an individual to serve as the Policy and Development Coordinator (PDC) for one year. 1 October 2004 is the deadline to apply for the PDC position. The Council is also seeking a qualified individual to serve as an assistant editor and staff writer for the Gulf of Maine Times, the Council’s quarterly outreach newspaper. 15 October 2004 is the deadline to apply for the assistant editor position. For information, access http://gulfofmaine.org/council/opportunities/default.asp.
SABLE ISLAND: UNCERTAIN FUTURE?
A public meeting to review the issues related to the future of the Station on Sable Island will be held from 1900-2100 hrs on 5 October 2004 in the Sobey Building, Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Zoe Lucas, biologist, will give a slide presentation on Sable Island and the role that the Island's Station and staff play in the conservation of this unique place. This will be followed by a panel discussion focusing on the uncertain future of the Station. For information, access http://www.greenhorsesociety.com.
GIS DATA LAYERS IN PEI
The Government of Prince Edward Island is building a GIS Data Layers website for PEI, available at http://www.gov.pe.ca/gis/, that provides access to GIS data, both free and priced, and other geospatial services. The website was designed to simplify the ability of all levels of government and citizens to find geographical data related to the administration and management of property, infrastructure and natural resources.
ECOSYSTEMS, PROTECTED AREAS AND ECOTOURISM WORKSHOP
C-CIARN Atlantic's 4th Regional Workshop entitled Climate Change Adaptation in Atlantic Canada: Ecosystems, Protected Areas, Ecotourism is scheduled for 27-28 September 2004 in Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia. The Workshop will focus on adapting to the potential impacts of climate change on wildlife, biodiversity, ecosystems, parks, protected areas, and ecotourism in Atlantic Canada. For information, including a Workshop backgrounder, access http://www.dal.ca/~cciarn/workshops/4/index.html.
GULF OF MAINE SUMMIT
The Gulf of Maine Summit is scheduled for 26-29 October 2004 in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. The goal of the Summit is to produce a State of the Gulf Report. This will involve assessing the health of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem and resources, taking full advantage of and integrating all the initiatives (e.g., watershed monitoring, research, coordinated regional planning, habitat restoration, etc.) currently underway by many agencies, organizations and institutions in the Gulf. For information, access http://www.gulfofmainesummit.org/.
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS
Nominations are being sought for the Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour 2004 Bay of Fundy Awards and for the 2004 Gulf of Maine Visionary Award and the Longard Volunteer Award. Winners will be presented their award at at the Gulf of Maine Council Awards Ceremony in January or February in 2005 (location to be announced). All nominations must be received by close of the business day on Friday, 8 October 2004. For information on the Bay of Fundy Awards, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/bof.doc and for information on the Gulf of Maine awards, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/gom.doc.
OCEAN INNOVATION 2004
Ocean Innovation 2004 is scheduled for 25-26 October 2004 in Victoria, British Columbia. The theme for this year's event is Achieving a Balance: Ocean Development and Environmental Health. The Conference will focus on various aspects of innovation in the ocean environment, among them, issues related to technology, investments, partnerships and human resource requirements. Two concurrent Workshops are scheduled offsite on 27 October: Maritime Simulation and Marine Remote Sensing. For information, access http://www.oceaninnovation.ca/.
A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE
The report entitled Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation: A Canadian Perspective, prepared by the Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Directorate of Natural Resources Canada, provides an overview of key climate change concerns within several major Canadian sectors, including coastal zones, based on studies published over the past five years. The report is available at http://adaptation.nrcan.gc.ca/perspective_e.asp.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre provides information on storms of tropical origin that affect Canada or its territorial waters. The Centre's website located at http://www.hurricanecentre.ca provides the latest hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings, hurricane track information, hurricane storm summaries, satellite photos, radar images, along with a wide range of information related to the science of hurricanes. The US National Hurricane Center website at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov provides similar information for the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the Eastern Pacific.
SEABIRDS AND ATLANTIC CANADA'S SHIP-SOURCE OIL POLLUTION
This WWF-Canada report highlights the extent of the problem in Atlantic Canada and lists measures to help stop illegal dumping. The report contains several recommendations, including: stronger legal deterrence; improved surveillance and evidence-gathering technologies; strict waste accounting; implementation of a ship accreditation system; and the protection and monitoring of sensitive areas. For information and to download the report, access the WWF-Canada website.
CASE STUDIES: ECOLOGICAL FISCAL REFORM AND ENERGY
The Ecological Fiscal Reform and Energy program of Canada's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) has completed three case studies in an effort to demonstrate how fiscal policy could shift Canadian energy production and consumption away from carbon-intensive fuels, processes and technologies. The case studies examined renewable power, hydrogen and energy efficiency. The executive summaries and the lessons learned are available at http://www.nrtee-trnee.ca/e-brief/200408-efr-energy-fcn-e.htm.
LAND USE - COASTAL ECOSYSTEM STUDY
This US Study is a five-year project to develop scientifically based models that can be used by natural resource agencies and policy makers to identify and develop minimal impact scenarios for development within the coastal plain of South Carolina and Georgia. The research will focus on biological processes in critical tidal creek ecosystems in the region's salt marsh estuaries. The approach includes technical development that will allow the models generated from the field research to be extrapolated. For information, access http://www.lu-ces.org/overview.htm.
INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP ON 18 SEPTEMBER
The International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, is the world's largest one-day volunteer effort on behalf of the marine environment. In 2003 more than 450,000 people from over 90 countries around the world participated in the cleanup collecting over 7.55 million pounds of marine debris. Volunteers also found 237 entangled animals last year, emphasizing the dangers that marine debris plays in the coastal environment. For information, access http://www.coastalcleanup.org/index.cfm.
GIS FOR COASTAL MANAGEMENT
This publication, based on edited papers from the 2001 CoastGIS conference (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and supplemented by additional chapters, features coastal applications of GIS-based decision support tools, spatial data infrastructures, remote sensing technology including LiDAR and CASI, and more. The publication is available for purchase from CRC Press.
- 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
- 1 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the International Marine Biotechnology Conference, scheduled for 7-12 June 2005 in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
- 4 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Coastal Zone 05, scheduled for 18-21 July 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana
- 22 October is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Coastal GeoTools '05, scheduled for 7-10 March 2005 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND OTHER EVENTS
For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 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
- 17-20 October 2004: Aquaculture Canada 2004, the 21st Annual Meeting of the Aquaculture Association of Canada, Québec City, Québec
- 19-21 October 2004: 7th International Marine Environmental Modeling Seminar, Washington, DC
- 20-22 October 2004: Civil Engineering in the Oceans VI (CEO6), Baltimore, Maryland
- 20-23 October 2004: 1st International Conference on the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources, Valletta, Malta
- 24-27 October 2004: 31st Annual Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- 25-26 October 2004: Ocean Innovation 2004, Victoria, British Columbia
- 26-29 October 2004: Gulf of Maine Summit, St. Andrews, New Brunswick