Alaska Science Center
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Weekly Highlights for 3-20-2008
I. Departmental/Bureau News
A. Upcoming Events
The U.S. Senate Learns How Volcano Science Helps Build Safer Communities - Alaska Volcano Observatory Turns 20
On April 2, 2008, members of the U.S. Senate, the public and the media will converge in the Russell Senate Office in Washington D.C. to learn how scientists at the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), which turns 20 in April, help prevent volcanic hazards from becoming volcanic disasters. USGS Alaska Science Center scientist and AVO Scientist-in-Charge Tom Murray will be present at the event and has coordinated participation and input from the AVO Alaska-based offices. This event will demonstrate the potential threat to international aviation and local communities posed by active volcanoes in the North Pacific and how AVO works with interagency cooperators to help the public become prepared to handle the sometimes life-threatening and catastrophic impacts of volcano eruptions. Hands-on demonstrations, displays and opportunities to interview AVO and affiliated scientists will be available.
Contact: Thomas Murray Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7443
USGS Alaska Science Center Unveils New Facility
USGS Meets with NOAA to Discuss Strategic Planning
Satellite-tagged Bar-tailed Godwits on the Move
USGS Alaska Science Center biologists traveled to New Zealand and Western Australia in February to implant satellite transmitters into Bar-tailed Godwits as part of an effort to better understand the potential transmission of Avian Influenza by migratory birds throughout the Australasian Flyway -- of which Alaska is a terminus. The work is part of two larger international projects (Pacific Shorebird Migration Project and the Global Flyway Network) that are assessing population declines and conservation issues among shorebirds. On 15 March the first of the 25 marked godwits, two females from New Zealand, departed on their northward migration. The birds marked in Western Australia, representing a different subspecies population, are expected to depart in late March. The flights of all marked godwits can be followed at: http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/shorebirds/barg_updates.html
Contact: Robert Gill Jr. Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7184
New release of the 2001 National Land Cover Database for the state of Alaska
USGS Participates in IPY Circumpolar Geologic Map Project
II. Press Inquiries/Media
USGS scientists Robert Gill, Lee Tibbitts, and Dan Mulcahy were interviewed by Television New Zealand and BBC Natural History Unit Radio (www.bbc.co.uk/worldonthemove/) for programs that will track the movements of the tagged godwits throughout their annual cycle.
USGS geologist Peter Haeussler spoke with a producer of an upcoming Discovery Channel television show about the snowball earth hypothesis, active tectonics, and glaciers.