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January 30, 2012

Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs: Part 2- A Learning Moment

We really did have a learning moment. This is needed regarding the flooding and the impact of the flooding. We had two kinds of floods. We had the flash flooding that occurred up the Lockyer, and we had the riverine flooding that occurred in Ipswich and in Brisbane. The flash flooding, which is water coming […]

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January 27, 2012

Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs: Part 1- Introduction

A seminar entitled ‘Brisbane 2011: Living with Floods and Dancing with Dugongs’ was presented on 8 July 2011. The seminar was sponsored by the University of Queensland Global Change Institute, and delivered at the historic Customs House in downtown Brisbane, situated along the shore of the Brisbane River. The following fifteen part blog series captures […]

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January 26, 2012

Coastal Louisiana Master Plan released

Coastal Louisiana has experienced considerable land loss over the past century due to relative sea level rise. This land loss has led to increased vulnerability to storm surges, as dramatically illustrated when storm surges from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita wrecked havoc on Louisiana in 2005. Immediately following the devastating 2005 hurricanes, the Integration and Application […]

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January 25, 2012

Australia reflections

The most striking thing I noticed about Australia was the booming economy due to mineral resources. This included coal mining in Queensland and offshore gas and oil in Western Australia and Northern Territories. In addition, the live cattle and sheep trade with the Middle East and Indonesia was large. Flying into Mackay and seeing two […]

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January 24, 2012

Nutrient trading in Chesapeake Bay

A recently released policy statement by a group of Senior Scientists and Policymakers provides a review of nutrient trading as a management tool to be used in Chesapeake Bay.  Nutrient trading, the buying and selling of nutrient reduction credits, is a relatively new approach that is being applied to achieve nutrient reductions. There is a […]

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January 23, 2012

Sabbatical reflections

Spending six months away from home and away from the normal work environment was a privilege that not many people have the opportunity to experience. It is one of the substantive ‘perks’ of academia for those who choose to avail themselves of this opportunity. While it does take considerable energy to move house and office […]

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January 20, 2012

Savai’i Island, Samoa; lava, blowholes, pigs, churches

The trip around Savai’i Island passed through dozens of small villages that intercept the single road that largely follows the coastline. Each village had one to several large churches with immaculately kept grounds and a painted empty propane tank hanging out front. The propane tanks serve as the church bells to call people to the […]

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January 19, 2012

Chesapeake citizens are well informed: New poll results of Maryland public perception of Chesapeake Bay restoration

A group called “Clean water, Healthy families” released the results of a poll of Maryland voters regarding Chesapeake Bay restoration. This poll provided some interesting findings. It was particularly gratifying to see that the public perception of the health of the Bay (average C-) matches EXACTLY with the EcoCheck report card (2010 score = C-). […]

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January 18, 2012

Samoa; tsunamis, coral reefs, fishing, dredging

Samoa is broken up into American Samoa and Samoa (formally known as Western Samoa). The islands are volcanic in origin, formed by a ‘hot spot’ of tectonic activity below the Pacific tectonic plate which is moving from east to west. The last volcanic outburst was on Savai’i, the largest island in the archipelago, in the […]

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January 16, 2012

A visit to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Samoa

At the invitation of Drs. David Haynes and Tim Carruthers, I visited the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) offices in Apia, Samoa. I had previously met David Sheppard, the Director of SPREP, when he visited Washington, D.C., but David was away on travel when I visited Samoa. The SPREP offices formed a […]

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