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Robert Hamilton, Jr. attended the WINDPOWER 2007 Conference and Exhibition, hosted by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The theme of this year's conference was Growing the Windpower 2007WindEnergy Business and Mr. Hamilton presented a paper titled, Met-ocean Measurements and Seasonal Variability ofthe Wind Profile in Nantucket Sound.  Check out the WINDPOWER 2007 conference website for more details.

Dr. Lee Weishar presented at the Coastal Sediments 07 conference, the theme of which was Coastal Engineering and Science in Cascading Spatial and Temporal Scales. As part of the Marshes and Wetlands technical session, Dr. Weishar presented Effects of Large Scale Morphological Changes to a Back-Bay System.  Hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), this conference was held at the Intercontinental New Orleans from May 13-17, 2007. For more information about the conference, visit the Coastal Sediments 07 conference website.

Kirk Bosma, Leslie Fields and Dr. Lee Weishar presented at The Future of Massachusetts Beaches: Relocate, Nourish or Lose Them – A Workshop on Beach Nourishment, held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on May 4, 2007. In addition to presenting, Dr. Weishar also served on the Workshop Planning Committee. Proceedings for this workshop, sponsored by Woods Hole Sea Grant and Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, will be available by late summer. View the full agenda for more information.

David Szabo attended The 100 Year Party on May 1, 2007 at Bistro Vino in Houston as part of OTC week. This event, co-sponsored by Woods Hole Group, brings together representatives from the oil and gas industry in an open forum for social discussion.

Woods Hole Group recently participated in a public forum titled: Natural and Enhanced Attenuation of Nitrogen Contaminated Groundwater and Storm Water – Benefits and Detriments as a  Cleanup Strategy for Nitrogen Impaired Estuaries. Dr. Lee Weishar and Dr. Heidi Clark of Woods Hole Group along with Dr. John Teal and Dr. Susan Peterson of Teal Partners presented the findings of this MassDEP/EPA Region 1 funded research study. The forums took place on April 24-25, 2007 in New Bedford, MA and Harwich, MA. View the public forum announcement for additional information.

Medomak Valley Land TrustGeorge Hampson spoke at The Nature of our Watersheds, a conservation seminar hosted by the Medomak Valley Land Trust in Waldoboro, Maine on April 7, 2007. Mr. Hampson's presentation highlighted the importance of marine animals to our environment. To learn more about the conservation seminar, visit the Medomak Valley Land Trust website.

Look for us in the fall at the following conferences...

ASBPA/GLO Fall Coastal Conference
Caring for the Coast: Protecting, Enhancing, Preserving
October 22-24, Galveston, TX

ERF 2007: Estuarine Research Federation
Science and Management: Observations / Syntheses / Solutions
November 4-8, Providence, RI

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Woods Hole Group, Inc. of Massachusetts, USA has teamed with Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. of Connecticut to perform an engineering feasibility study, comprehensive management plan, and environmental impact assessment of Hammonasset Beach for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Hammonasset Beach State Park is home to Connecticut’s largest swimming beach and campground.  In 2006, 1.8 million people visited the 2.5 mile stretch of beach, which in places is now nearly non-existent during high tide.  Due to severe ongoing erosion and storm damage, this beach has required constant attention and the addition of sand.

Woods Hole Group will recommend the most technically feasible and cost-effective solution with the least amount of environmental impact.  Short- and long-term recommendations will be based on an engineering feasibility study of alternatives to mitigate erosion, including coastal structures, such as groins and revetments, and soft solutions, such as dune reconstruction and beach nourishment.  Historical shoreline change data, newly collected shoreline and wave data, and wave and sediment numerical modeling will be used to assess the design options.  There also is a proactive public outreach component to involve stakeholders in the design process.

Woods Hole Group has been contracted by BP Trinidad and Tobago, LLC (bpTT) to design, build and install a meteorological and oceanographic measurement system on the bpTT Cassia oil and gas production complex, offshore eastern Trinidad.   Woods Hole Group will provide system design, integration, installation, and real time data display along with monthly data monitoring and archiving during the 24-month project. 

The bpTT Cassia Metocean system will consist of two Nortek AWAC Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers arranged to generate a continuous profile of currents through the 90 M water column and measure wave height and direction at the installed location, along with wind, barometric pressure, and temperature/relative humidity sensors.  The systems will be integrated into the Woods Hole Group proprietary Integrated Real Time System (IRMS) to acquire and store all raw data and to display the processed data on the Cassia production complex for operational use in real time.  Through a web based data server application, bpTT and their affiliate offices of BP in Houston will be able to see the real time processed data through any BP web enabled access port.

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WOODS HOLE GROUP'S CORPORATE ORGANIZATION KEEPS ON GROWING and we would like to announce developments within our corporate organization:

Peter Markunas and Beth Hays have joined the company as Coastal Engineer and EnvironmentalPete Markunas and Beth Hays Permitting Specialist, respectively. 

Mr. Markunas brings over 35 years of experience in engineering and environmental design, planning, and construction.  For the past twenty years, Mr. Markunas has been a presence in New England, with specific focus on the lower Cape Cod region of Massachusetts.  He has been heavily involved in the protection of shoreline properties, marina design and dredging of piers, boathouses, and boat ramps for municipalities and private interests.

While working with Mr. Markunas for the past 6 years on environmental permitting and client communications, Ms. Hays has cultivated close working relationships with various regulatory agencies and program regulators throughout New England.

Mr. Markunas holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Ms. Hays holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Paul Smith’s College.

Ned Burger has joined our Delaware field office in the role of Field Engineer. Ned has worked on design, integration, fabrication, set-up, calibration, deployment and maintenance of water quality sensors, current meters, meteorological sensors and remote platforms deployed in Chesapeake Bay and tributaries, including both moored buoys and fixed platforms. He performed this work as a contractual employee for Maryland Department of Natural Resources, NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) and Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) for several continuous monitoring programs in Maryland and Virginia.

Ned brings 11 years experience in development of field program design, grant proposal writing, budget management, field sampling, data analyses and reporting. He also has over 30 years of small boat ownership, operation and navigation experience.  Ned holds a B.S. in Biology (estuarine ecology) from St. Mary's College of Maryland and a M.A. in Marine Science (physical oceanography and environmental engineering) from College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. 

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George HampsonAt a ceremony on May 2, 2007, Woods Hole Group marine biologist, George R. Hampson, was awarded the 8th Annual Heritage Award by the Falmouth Historical Society for his perseverance, energy and passionate belief in the importance and value of Falmouth's coastal waters and the need to protect them.

Read the Historical Society Newsletter article here.


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