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The University of New Orleans Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences (PIES) and Center for Hazard Assessment and Response Technology (CHART), funded by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, have been working with TEK Experts from the Barataria Basin and CWPPRA resource agency staff over the past 2 years to create a methodology to incorporate local resource users’ knowledge into the coastal restoration decision-making process, utilizing mapping and modeling. We are nearing the end of the project and would like to invite you to attend a presentation on the results of the project. The presentations will include information on the completed method; priorities identified through the process; potential uses of the data and other products; and potential applications of the technique to inform planning, implementation, and operations decisions. Each presentation will be followed by time for questions, answers and discussion. The New Orleans meeting will include an informal reception to meet the study participants. The Baton Rouge presentation will include an informal workshop for those interested in learning more details about the technique and how they may apply it to their own issues.

April 10, 2013 – New Orleans:
1:00-3:30pm
Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center
The University of New Orleans
2045 Lakeshore Drive, Room 257
New Orleans, LA 70122

April 11, 2013 – Baton Rouge:
1:00-3:30pm
State Library of Louisiana, Seminar Room
701 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Please RSVP to Joyce Douglas via e-mail (jbdougla@uno.edu) or telephone (504-280-5760) if you will be attending either presentation.

We hope you will be able to join us, as your support and feedback will help to refine this exciting new technique and its potential applications.

The Sci-TEK Team:
Matthew Bethel – UNO Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences (PIES)
Shirley Laska – UNO Center for Hazard Assessment and Response Technology (CHART)
Carol Parsons Richards – Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)
Honora Buras – Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)
Michelle Gremillion Esposito – UNO Center for Hazard Assessment and Response (CHART)
Lynn Brien – Kansas State University
Corey Miller – Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL)
Kristina Peterson – UNO Center for Hazard Assessment and Response Technology (CHART)
Rosina Phillipe – Grand Bayou Village

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