UPCOMING ACZISC MEETINGS
- 31 May - 1 June 2006: ACZISC Meeting #48, Dartmouth, 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)
COASTAL ACTIVITIES IN ATLANTIC CANADA
A report of current coastal activities in Atlantic Canada is available at http://aczisc.dal.ca/docs.htm#ACZISC. The report is the Roundtable portion of the ACZISC Meeting held in January 2006 in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
THE OCEAN TECHNOLOGY SECTOR IN ATLANTIC CANADA
The study, prepared with the financial support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), has two components. Volume 1, prepared by Canmac Economics Ltd, deals with the economic importance of the industry in the region and its principal markets. Volume 2, prepared by the ACZISC Secretariat, focuses on potential business opportunities with the Canadian federal government and procurements by individual departments and agencies. Both volumes are available in English and in French at http://aczisc.dal.ca/docs.htm#ECON.
SIGNIFICANT HABITATS: ATLANTIC COAST INITIATIVE (SHACI)
The SHACI initiative is identifying, mapping, and documenting significant coastal habitats along the Atlantic Coast of Nova Scotia. Fisheries and Oceans Canada is undertaking this project primarily to contribute to programs and initiatives being developed under Canada's Oceans Act for the nearshore Atlantic coast region. A document which summarizes what is known about the coastal life and environments within coastal waters extending from Lunenburg County to Guysborough County (Halifax Regional Municipality) is available in PDF format (521 pages - 42 MB) at http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/Library/317772.pdf.
EIS: WHITES POINT QUARRY AND MARINE TERMINAL PROJECT
The Joint Panel reviewing the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal project in Digby County, Nova Scotia has announced the beginning of the comment period on the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared for the project. This stage of the review is intended to assist the Panel in determining whether the proponent must provide any additional information. 4 August is the deadline for comment. For information and to download the EIS, access http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/010/0001/0001/0023/nr060427_e.htm.
CANADIAN HYDROGRAPHIC CONFERENCE 2006
The Conference is scheduled for 5-9 June 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The theme is 'Bridging Disciplines - The Power of a Shared Approach'. The Conference will feature the latest advances in hydrographic and oceans research applications and technologies. For information, access http://www.chc2006.ca. During the Conference, on 8 June, World Oceans Day will be honoured with a special celebration. Created in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Oceans Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the ocean and personal connections to the sea, as well as to promote action and advocacy on behalf of ocean conservation and protection.
GEOMATICS ATLANTIC 2006 CONFERENCE
The Conference is scheduled for 5-8 June 2006 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The theme of the Conference is 'Protection, Privacy and Public GIS'. Presentations will focus on recent developments associated with disaster preparedness, terrorism, peace keeping, policing, privacy legislation, risk management and public access to data and spatially defined data. For information, access http://www.geomaticsatlantic.com.
VALUING NATURE: STEWARDSHIP AND CONSERVATION IN CANADA 2006
The Conference is scheduled for 5-8 July 2006 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. The themes are: Stewardship Economics and Sustainability; Headwaters to Oceans; Stewardship Web of Conservation Lands in Canada; Funding Strategies and Financial Instruments for Stewardship; and Community-based Monitoring for Stewardship. The program includes a Youth Program. For information, access http://www.stewardship2006.ca.
COMMENTS SOUGHT ON THE GULF OF MAINE COUNCIL ACTION PLAN
The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment (http://gulfofmaine.org) is updating its five-year Action Plan to guide the Council's policy and funding initiatives for the period 2006 to 2011. Three goals are being considered: Protect and Restore Habitat, Reduce the Release of Contaminants, and Support Vibrant Communities. The Council is seeking advice on these draft goals and long-term outcomes. A brief survey is available at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=832102057531. 26 May is the deadline for comment.
TIDAL POWER POTENTIAL IN THE BAY OF FUNDY/GULF OF MAINE REGION
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a California-based energy firm, is carrying out a study to identify potential tidal power projects sites in the Bay of Fundy / Gulf of Maine region. The site survey reports for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Massachusetts and Maine are available at http://www.epri.com/oceanenergy/streamenergy.html. The NB and NS press releases are available at http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/news/ene/2006e0549en.htm and at http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20060515001.
ELISABETH MANN BORGESE OCEAN LECTURE
COASTGIS 2006 SYMPOSIUM
CoastGIS 2006, the 7th International Symposium on GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management, is scheduled for 12-16 July 2006 in Wollongong and Sydney, Australia. The themes are: Spatial Infrastructure for the Coast; Spatial Research for the Coast; Management Issues for the Coast; and the CoastGIS Community: Future Directions. For information, access http://www.uow.edu.au/science/eesc/conferences/coastgis06.html.
ADAPTING TO CLIMATE CHANGE: AN INTRODUCTION FOR CANADIAN MUNICIPALITIES
The publication represents a first step in addressing these needs by providing decision makers from all levels of government with information on climate change adaptation. It looks at how to reduce vulnerability to climate impacts. It also addresses decision-making processes for adaptation, and showcases successful municipal and community adaptation measures. It is available on the C-CIARN website at http://www.c-ciarn.ca/primer_website/download.html.
PROTECTION AND SUSTAINABLE USE OF OCEANS AND COASTS
The US Ocean Studies Board project entitled International Capacity Building for the Protection and Sustainable Use of Oceans and Coasts will identify barriers to effective management of coastal and marine resources encountered in coastal nations, particularly in the developing world. A committee will examine current and past efforts to build the scientific, technological and institutional capacities required for countries to develop and implement effective coastal and marine resource policies. For information, access http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48661.
ANALYZING CLEAN ENERGY PROJECTS
RETScreen International helps to promote the implementation of clean energy projects. Its primary focus is to develop and disseminate tools to better analyse the technical and financial viability of possible projects. RETScreen Software now has 83,205 users in 213 countries around the world. RETScreen tools, including data and software, training material, an e-textbook and case studies, are available free-of-charge in several languages at http://www.retscreen.net.
OTHER DOCUMENTS, NEWSLETTERS AND WEB RESOURCES
- The annual Atlantic Zone Monitoring Programme Bulletin presents an annual review of the general oceanographic conditions in the Northwest Atlantic region, including the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as well as AZMP-related information concerning particular events, studies, or activities that took place during the previous year. The 2006 issue of the AZMP Bulletin is available at http://www.meds-sdmm.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/zmp/main_zmp_e.html.
- A Retrospective of the Ocean Management Research Network 2005 National Conference held last fall in Ottawa, Ontario features a review and synthesis of the papers, posters, plenary discussions and workshops, with particular reference to Canada's Oceans Action Plan. The theme of the Conference was 'Canada's Oceans: Research, Management and the Human Dimension'. The document is available at http://www.omrn.ca/conf2005/index.html.
- The Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation based in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia has recently published the Maritime Clean Boating Guide. The 30 page booklet covers a variety of topics including maintenance and repair, managing sewage wastes, proper fuelling techniques, winterizing, and special considerations for small craft. The Guide and other clean boating information are available at http://www.coastalaction.org/pages/pro_ongoing/cleanboat/cleanboat.html.
- The Cape Wind Energy Project is a proposed 130 turbine wind farm to be located in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts on the East Coast of the United States. The US Army Corps of Engineers project information website contains several related documents including the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) - http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/projects/ma/ccwf/windfarm.htm
- The May 2006 issue of MPA News includes a special feature entitled Measurement of Management Effectiveness - The Next Major Stage in MPAs?. MPA News is available at http://depts.washington.edu/mpanews/issues.html.
- Australia's Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs Marine National Nature Reserve was declared on 23 December 1987 by proclamation under the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975. The 2nd Management Plan for the Reserve has been drafted in consultation with interested groups and individuals - http://www.deh.gov.au/coasts/mpa/elizabeth/
- 15 May is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the Annual Conference of the American Water Resources Association, 6-9 November 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland - http://www.awra.org/meetings/Baltimore2006/index.html
- 16 May is the deadline for submitting abstracts to Coastal Sediments 07, the 6th International Symposium on Coastal Engineering and Science of Coastal Sediment Processes, 13-17 May 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana - http://www.asce.org/conferences/cs07/
- The NOAA Climate Program Office Sector Application Research Program (SARP) is soliciting letters of intent for coastal resource management and water resource projects that will provide enhanced tools for managers to better plan for and address climate change. Letters of intent are due by 30 May and applications by 25 July 2006. For information, access http://www.climate.noaa.gov/opportunities/.
- 31 May is the deadline for submitting summaries to MWWD 2006, the 4th International Conference on Marine Wastewater Discharges and Coastal Environment, 6-10 November 2006 in Antalya, Turkey - http://www.mwwd.org
- 1 June 2006 is the deadline for submitting abstracts to OceanSAR 2006, 23-25 October 2006 in St. John's, Newfoundland. OceanSAR 2006 is the 3rd in the series of workshops on coastal and marine applications of SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) - http://www.oceansar2006.com
- 30 June is the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 2006 EMAN National Science Meeting, 20-25 November 2006 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The theme is 'Data to Outcomes: What have we learned? Who did we tell? What difference did it make?' - http://www.eman-rese.ca/eman/reports/meetings/invitation.html
- 1 July is the deadline for submitting abstracts to ICS2007, the 9th International Coastal Symposium, 16-20 April 2007 on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - http://www.griffith.edu.au/school/eng/ics2007/
OTHER UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
- For a more complete list of upcoming conferences and workshops, access http://aczisc.dal.ca/conf.htm.
- 22-25 May 2006: Coast to Coast 2006, Australia's biennial national coastal conference, Melbourne, Australia - http://www.iceaustralia.com/coasttocoast2006/index.html
- 24-25 May 2006: Energy Research and Development Forum, Antigonish, Nova Scotia - http://ns.energyresearch.ca/index.cfm?ID=2901
- 29 May - 2 June 2006: Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, Thunder Bay, Ontario - http://geography.lakeheadu.ca/CAG2006/
- 29 May - 16 June 2006: Summer Institute in Coastal Management, University of Rhode Island in Narragansett, Rhode Island - http://www.crc.uri.edu
- 31 May - 2 June 2006: 8th GEOIDE Annual Scientific Conference, Banff, Alberta - http://www.geoide.ulaval.ca/banff_EN.html
- 4-7 June 2006: 59th Annual Conference of the Canadian Water Resources Association, Toronto, Ontario - http://www.fromthesource.ca/
- 5-7 June 2006: Coastal Environment 2006, the 6th International Conference on Environmental Problems in Coastal Regions including Oil and Chemical Spill Studies, Rhodes, Greece - http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2006/coast06/index.html
- 7 June 2006: Workshop on Fostering Sustainable Behavior, Portland, Maine - http://aczisc.dal.ca/PEP-wksp.pdf
- 9-11 June 2006: People and the Planet Conference, Ottawa, Ontario - http://www.peopleandtheplanet.ca
- 11-16 June 2006: 30th Annual Conference of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Albuquerque, New Mexico - http://www.floods.org/Conferences,%20Calendar/albuquerque.asp
- 13-14 June 2006: Using Metadata Standards to Achieve Data Interoperability, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - http://www.iobis.org/Members/brantonb/biometadata/
- 13-17 June 2006: ECO-IMAGINE Conference Building Coastal Knowledge and GI, Cork, Ireland - http://www.gisig.it/eco%2Dimagine
- 14-15 June 2006: 10th Canadian Pollution Prevention Roundtable, Halifax, Nova Scotia - http://www.c2p2online.com/CPPR
- 18-21 June 2006: GeoTec Event, Ottawa, Ontario - http://www.geoplace.com/uploads/GeoTecEvent/htm/intro.asp
- 18-21 June 2006: 16th World Conference on Disaster Management, Toronto, Ontario - http://www.wcdm.org
- 18-28 June 2006: Summer School on Controls in Marine Ecosystems, Dragerup, Denmark - http://www.eur-oceans.org/eamr/school/
- 20-23 June 2006: Research and Management of Eutrophication in Coastal Ecosystems, Nyborg, Denmark - http://eutro2006.dhi.dk/
- 24-28 June 2006: 20th Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, San Jose, California - http://www.conservationbiology.org/2006/Index.cfm
- 26-29 June 2006: International Conference on Coastal Ecosystems: Towards an Integrated Knowledge for an Ecosystem Approach for Fisheries, Campeche, Mexico - http://etzna.uacam.mx/epomex/icce/icce.html