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FEBRUARY 2006

  RFP FOR ESIP PROGRAM MANAGER
15 March 2006 is the deadline to apply for the position of Program Manager for the Gulf of Maine Ecosystem Indicator Partnership (ESIP) Program. The Program Manager will enable ESIP to be successful; assist Work Groups to develop indicators; and organize a web presence for ESIP. The Gulf of Maine (GOM) Council on the Marine Environment and other regional partners formed ESIP and have completed an Indicators and Environmental Reporting Strategy. Activities are summarized at http://gulfofmaine.org/knowledgebase/indicators/. For information on the RFP, access http://gulfofmaine.org/council/opportunities/.

  UPCOMING ACZISC MEETINGS
- 31 May - 1 June 2006 (revised dates): ACZISC Meeting #48, Halifax, Nova Scotia
- 27-28 September 2006: ACZISC Meeting #49, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- 24-25 January 2007: ACZISC Meeting #50, St. John's, Newfoundland
- 30-31 May 2007: ACZISC Meeting #51, Fredericton, New Brunswick (revised dates)
For information on the meetings, email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  PRESENTATIONS ON ACZISC WEBSITE
Presentations made at the ACZISC Meeting in January in Fredericton, New Brunswick are available at http://aczisc.dal.ca/docs.htm#ACZISC:
- ESSIM Information and Data Sharing Requirements
- St. Lawrence Global Observatory
- Creating a SmartBay in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland
- COINAtlantic - Technical Approaches for a Sustainable Geospatial Infrastructure
- Canada's National Land and Water Information System
- Quoddy: Protecting an International Treasure
- Serving GIS Data to non-GIS Users with CARIS OpenCite.

  INVENTORY OF PESTICIDE USAGE IN NOVA SCOTIA'S ANNAPOLIS RIVER WATERSHED
The Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP) has recently completed an inventory of pesticide usage in the Annapolis River watershed. The objectives of the study were twofold: to document for the first time all pesticide usage within the watershed, and develop a methodology for this type of inventory at a watershed scale. The full report, as well as fact sheets on the seven sectors examined, are available on the CARP website at http://www.annapolisriver.ca/projects/pesticide.htm.

  ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS IN THE NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT AND THEIR EFFECTS UPON THE FISHERIES
This discussion document was prepared to initiate discussion about issues relevant to the environment and resources of the Northumberland Strait and the catchment areas draining into it. It is accompanied by summary 'Fact Sheets' on aspects of the status of some of the resources and the possible environmental stressors. The document is available at http://www.glf.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/os/northumberland/discussion/table-e.php.

  CONTRACT FOR ECOSYSTEM OVERVIEW AND ASSESSMENT OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT
A Notice of Proposed Procurement has been issued for an Ecosystem Overview and Assessment of the Northumberland Strait, the body of water between Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The successful bidder on this contract will be responsible for the overall management of the process leading to the production of the Ecosystem Overview and Assessment Report (EOAR). The closing date is 17 February 2006. For details, search for 'Northumberland' in the 'Free Search to Public Tenders' box at http://www.merx.com.

  SUSTAINABLE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY WORKSHOP
The Sustainable and Renewable Energy Workshop is scheduled for 11-13 May 2006 in Miramichi, New Brunswick. It will focus on environmental and sustainability issues and challenges of providing affordable energy for Atlantic Canadians and will explore the engineering and technology of sustainable energy. For information on the Workshop, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The AGM of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability will be held in conjunction with the Workshop. For information on the AGM, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  ATLANTIC CANADA COASTAL AND ESTUARINE SOCIETY WORKSHOP AND AGM
A call has been issued for ACCESS 2006, the Atlantic Canada Coastal and Estuarine Science Society Workshop and AGM, scheduled for 16-17 May 2006 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The deadlines are 30 March for titles and 21 April for abstracts. Topics include: the trials and tribulations of estuary and lagoon living; beyond the barrier islands (the coastal zone to the edge of the shelf); and aquaculture: the good, the bad, and the ugly. For information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  ACAP DATA SHARING SURVEY
The 14 Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) groups were surveyed to: determine the use of electronic data sharing; determine the need for tools to assist electronic data sharing; and to examine the knowledge and use of web-based data sources such as the GeoConnections Discovery Portal. Web-based mapping was identified as the most desirable data access/sharing format. The ACAP Data Sharing Survey results are available at http://www.seapei.ca/modules/ACAPDataSharingSurvey/.

  CANADIAN HYDROGRAPHIC CONFERENCE 2006
19 February 2006 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Canadian Hydrographic Conference 2006, hosted by the Canadian Hydrographic Service and the Canadian Hydrographic Association and scheduled for 5-9 June 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The event will feature the latest advances in hydrographic and oceans research applications and technologies. For information, access http://www.chc2006.ca.

  EELGRASS RESTORATION SITE SELECTION MODEL
A spatial model to assist in determining optimal locations for restoration of eelgrass (Zostera marina) habitat has been developed at the University of New Hampshire. The model prioritizes locations for transplant or seeding through an estuary-wide scientific assessment. The end products are maps showing ranked areas with the most potential for eelgrass restoration. The model will run on PCs equipped with PERL as well as Macintosh computers using Virtual PC. To obtain a copy of the CD at no cost, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  LIVING WITH CLIMATE CHANGE: SHARING ADAPTATION EXPERIENCES
The meeting was held on 2 December 2005 in Montréal in conjunction with the UN Climate Change Conference. It was organized by Natural Resources Canada and C-CIARN, the Canadian Climate Impacts and Adaptation Research Network. The event consisted of four panels: Food Security; Water Resources; Coastal Zones; and Communities/Infrastructure. The presentations are available at http://www.c-ciarn.ca/index_e.asp?CaID=40&PgID=133.

  RFP: INTERNATIONAL POLAR YEAR PROJECTS
The Government of Canada has issued its first Call for Proposals for International Polar Year 2007-2008, IPY Science and Research Projects. 10 March 2006 is the deadline for submitting proposals focused on: (1) science for climate change impacts and adaptation, and (2) health and well-being of Northern communities. For information on funding and to download the Call for Proposal documents, access http://www.api-ipy.gc.ca.

  WETLANDS AND WATERSHEDS WEBSITE
The Wetlands website launched by the US-based Center for Watershed Protection features a Wetlands & Watersheds Article Series that will be released over the course of 2006 and 2007. The article currently available is entitled Article 3: Adapting Watershed Tools to Protect Wetlands. The website is available at http://www.cwp.org/wetlands/index.htm.

  US OCEAN POLICY REPORT CARD
A report card has been issued by the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Commissioners of the US Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission to catalyze ocean policy reform. The report card is intended to provide an assessment of progress and to highlight where additional efforts are necessary and where opportunities for improvements exist. For information and to download the report card, access http://jointoceancommission.org/press/press/release0203.html.

  MARINE ENVIRONMENTAL HIGH RISK AREAS IN THE UK
Thirty-two locations around the UK coast have been identified as Marine Environmental High Risk Areas (MEHRAs). The primary purpose of the MEHRAs will be to inform mariners of areas of high environmental sensitivity where there is a realistic risk of pollution from merchant shipping. The locations of MEHRAs have been identified after taking into account shipping risk, environmental sensitivity and other environmental protection measures already in place at each location. For information, access http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_shipping/documents/page/dft_shipping_611167.hcsp.

  MOVING THE GLOBAL OCEANS AGENDA FORWARD
The 3rd Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands was held at UNESCO in Paris on 23-28 January 2006 - see http://www.globaloceans.org/paris3/. The theme was 'Moving the Global Oceans Agenda Forward'. The Conference was convened to assess progress in achieving the objectives adopted by the international community at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and the Millennium Development Goals. A summary of the Conference, prepared by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, is available at http://www.iisd.ca/ymb/globaloceans3/.

  MILLENNIUM ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT 'FOUNDATION' REPORTS
The four 'foundation' reports of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment were released on 19 January 2006. The reports examine Current State and Trends; Scenarios; Policy Responses; and Multi-Scale Assessments. A summary report, containing the Summaries for Decision-makers of the four technical assessment volumes, was also released. The reports contain the detailed scientific assessment (including literature citations) on which the MA synthesis reports are based. The reports are available at http://www.millenniumassessment.org/en/products.aspx.

  OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- Ocean Yearbook is a collaborative initiative of the International Ocean Institute and the Marine and Environmental Law Institute at Dalhousie Law School, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. For details on Volume 20, including ordering information, access http://law.dal.ca/files/Ocean_Yearbook_Vol20_Flyer.pdf.

- The New Zealand Marine Protected Areas Policy and Implementation Plan has been released by the Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Fisheries. For information, access http://www.biodiversity.govt.nz/seas/biodiversity/protected/mpa_policy.html.

- The February 2006 issue of MPA News includes an article entitled Protecting the Least-Protected Places on Earth: The Open Oceans. MPA News is available at http://depts.washington.edu/mpanews/issues.html.

- The Pew Center on Global Climate Change has released the first comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the US. The "Agenda for Climate Action" identifies both broad and specific policies, combining recommendations on economy-wide mandatory emissions cuts, technology development, scientific research, energy supply, and adaptation with critical steps that can be taken in key sectors. For information, access http://www.pewclimate.org/press_room/sub_press_room/2006_releases/agenda_release.cfm.

- The website for the Poole Bay and Swanage Beach Replenishment Project - http://www.poolebay.net - includes links to the EIA, other studies and coastal process monitoring data for the project at the beaches on the UK's south coast. It also includes details of harbour dredging with a diary and photographs that describe daily progress.

- The Marine Metadata Interoperability Workshop was held on 9-11 August 2005 at the University Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. The focus of the Workshop was on coordinating the mapping of science domain vocabularies. The Workshop report is available at http://marinemetadata.org/workshop05/results/report/workshopreportreleased.

- EarthBrowser - http://www.earthbrowser.com - is a constantly updating model of the earth. A few of the many features are: global weather forecasts; live hurricane and tropical storm tracking; weekly sea surface temperature animations; and Antarctic iceberg tracking. A free demo is available.

  OTHER DEADLINES
- 15 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2006 Annual Conference of the Canadian Network for Environment Education and Communication, Interpretation Canada and the Nova Scotia Environmental Network, 19-22 October 2006 in White Point, Nova Scotia - http://www.earthed.ns.ca/saltoftheearth/

- 15 February is the deadline for submitting proposals for dedicated sessions for the 3rd Conference and Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration, 9-13 December 2006 in New Orleans, Louisiana - http://www.estuaries.org

- 15 February is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Littoral 2006, 18-20 September 2006 in Gdansk, Poland - http://www.littoral2006.gda.pl

- 15 February is the deadline to apply for the Training Workshop on Integrated Environmental Impact Assessment for Coastal and Marine Areas, 4-9 June 2006 in Hong Kong. Limited fellowships are available. For details, access http://pemsea.org/opportevents/training.htm.

- 25 February is the deadline for public comment on the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) Screening Report and other records included in the Public Registry for the proposed Modifications to the Petitcodiac River Causeway project. For information, access http://www.petitcodiac.com.

- 28 February is the deadline for nominations for the Timothy R. Parsons Medal. Fisheries and Oceans Canada established the award to recognize excellence in Canadian ocean sciences - http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/science/Awards/Persons_e.htm

- 28 February is the revised deadline for submitting abstracts to CoastGIS 2006, the 7th International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management, 12-16 July 2006 in Wollongong and Sydney, New South Wales, Australia - http://www.uow.edu.au/science/eesc/conferences/coastgis06.html

- 15 March is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2nd International Conference on the Management of Coastal Recreational Resources, 25-27 October 2006 in Gozo, Malta - http://mcrr2.icod.org.mt

- 15 March is the deadline for submitting manuscripts to the 5th special issue on Marine and Coastal Geographic Information Systems (M&CGIS) of the Marine Geodesy Journal (Vol. 30, No. 1, 2007). Topics include: High resolution satellite coastal imaging; LIDAR mapping; Multisensor remote sensing of land, water, and interaction areas; Shoreline modeling and coastal changes; Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging for ecosystem management; M&CGIS data uncertainty and quality analysis; and Application systems and case studies. For information, email the editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

- 16-20 February 2006: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri - http://www.aaas.org/meetings/Annual_Meeting/

- 20-24 February 2006: Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii - http://www.agu.org/meetings/os06/

- 22-23 February 2006: Workshop on Innovative Shore Protection Technology, Tallahassee, Florida - http://www.dep.state.fl.us/beaches/workshop.htm

- 24-25 February 2006: 13th Annual Conference of the Fishermen and Scientists Research Society, Truro, Nova Scotia - http://www.fsrs.ns.ca/events/ac2006.html

- 1 March 2006: Training Course: Orientation to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/014/index_e.htm

- 3 March 2006: Workshop on Geomatics and GIS Applications in Maritime Research, Halifax, Nova Scotia. 25 February is the deadline to register - http://www.marin-research.ca/english/news/mgw.html

- 6-10 March 2006: WMTC 2006, the 2nd World Maritime Technology Conference, London, UK - http://www.wmtc2006.com

- 6 March to 16 June 2006: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education online ICZM course featuring an Introduction to the ICZM process; the ICZM framework; Tools and techniques supporting the ICZM process; Policy, planning and governance in ICZM; Coastal ecosystems; Indicators for assessing ICZM projects; and ICZM case studies - http://www.unesco-ihe.org/education/ilearning.htm

- 8-12 March 2006: Benthic Ecology Meeting 2006, Québec City, Québec - http://www.bem2006.org

- 21-23 March 2006: Oceanology International 2006, London, UK - http://www.oi06.com

- 21-23 March 2006: Interspill 2006 Conference, London, UK - http://www.spill06.com

- 22 March 2006: Marine and Coastal Zone GIS Conference, London, UK - http://www.oi06.com/conference/GIS.aspx

- 23 March 2006: Emerging Technologies for Monitoring the Coastal Zone Conference, London, UK - http://www.oi06.com/conference/ICE.aspx

- 19-21 April 2006: Training Course: Screenings under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/014/index_e.htm

 

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