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CONFERENCES

WOODS HOLE GROUP SCIENTISTS & ENGINEERS ON THE CONFERENCE CIRCUIT
Dr. Lee Weishar and Robert Hamilton, Jr. attended and hosted a booth at The 3rd National RAE ConferenceConference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration hosted by Restore America's Estuaries (RAE). The conference was held in New Orleans, LA, December 9-13, 2006. Dr. Weishar, a Senior Coastal Engineer and Professional Wetland Scientist at Woods Hole Group, made a presentation, The Engineering Approach and Challenges to the Delaware Bay Restorations, and chaired a session entitled The Effects of Wetland Restoration Within the Mississippi River Basin on the Lower Mississippi and Mississippi River Delta: A Landscape Approach
In addition, Dr. Weishar organized three sessions:

  • Where Is the Beneficial Use of Dredged Material (BUDM) for Estuarine Habitat Restoration Going?  Successes, Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Future Needs
  • Tidal Wetland Restoration on the West Coast of the United States - Learning from the Bolsa Chica Wetland Restoration Project
  • Expert Panel - Lessons Learned in Designing and Constructing Large-scale Wetlands Restoration Projects. 

Dr. David Aubrey and Safi Taher attended the Offshore Arabia Conference & Exhibition at the Dubai International Exhibition & Convention Centre on December 17-19, 2006 where Woods Hole Group Middle East hosted a booth.  This conference promotes sustainable growth in energy, environment and advanced technologies.  Visit the conference website for more information. 

Dave Szabo attended the annual meeting of the HYCOM Consortium in Tallahassee, FL in November.  The HYCOM consortium is a multi-institutional effort funded by the National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP), as part of the U. S. Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment (GODAE), to develop and evaluate a data-assimilative hybrid isopycnal-sigma-pressure (generalized) coordinate ocean model (called HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model or HYCOM).  Details are available at the HYCOM Consortium website.

Bruce Magnell and Dave Szabo attended a workshop on deep ocean current measurement programs in Mexico City, Mexico.  They were invited by IMP (Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo) who organized and hosted the meeting on behalf of PEMEX (Petróleos Mexicanos) the national oil company of Mexico.

Ocean Innovation ConferenceRobert Hamilton, speakerRobert Hamilton, Jr. recently participated in the Ocean Innovation Conference in St. John’s Newfoundland as an invited speaker.  Ocean Innovation brings together industry, government and academic representatives to develop new business and collaborative activities.  Mr. Hamilton’s presentation, Using Real-Time Environmental Measurements for Maritime Emergency Management, discussed using environmental data for the prevention of maritime emergency situations. For more information, please visit the Ocean Innovation conference website.

Kirk Bosma, Stephen O’Malley and Dr. Lee Weishar presented papers titled Implementation of Advanced Modeling Techniques for Coastal Engineering Alternatives Assessment, Elements of Effective Operational Coastal Observing Systems, and The Development of Creek Bank Morphology within a Restored Marsh, as well as hosted a booth, at The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Fall Conference in Long Branch, NJ.  

Robert Hamilton, Jr and Dave Szabo attended a meeting of the Metocean Committee of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (OGP) in Camden, Maine in October.  Mr. Hamilton made a presentation entitled Applications of modern coastal engineering models to oil industry projects in the near shore environment.

Ron Williams, Sr. Scientist with Woods Hole Group Middle East, was invited to participate in a Marine Conservation Forum of the World Wildlife Fund, held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from September 11-14. The focus of the working group was to make recommendations for protection and monitoring of the regions coral reefs and sea turtles.  Over 100 participants from the 6 Gulf countries, Iran,Yemen and several Red Sea countries were in attendance. Recent satellite and ground truthing has shown a recovery of coral reefs in the Gulf since the 1998 coral bleaching low temperatures and extreme low tides.

Oceans 06 ConferenceDr. Bruce Magnell, Dr. Leonid Ivanov, and Robert Catalano of Woods Hole Group along with Len Fagan of Cape Wind Associates, LLC completed a paper titled Characteristics of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer in Nantucket Sound which was presented during Oceans ’06 MTS/IEEE-Boston Conference Proceedings at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA in September 2006. In addition, Dr. Bruce Magnell and Bruce Andrews of Woods Hole Group presented a tutorial of an adapted version of the USGS ADCPTools software package, which adds new deep-water data processing tools to the original software and is designed to be a work-in-process, so that other users may join with Woods Hole Group to use, maintain, and improve the software.  Email us to request copies of the presentations.

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