SOC14 is right around the corner. Register now to join us for three full days of presentations, discussions, and networking opportunities on March 18, 2014 – March 20, 2014 in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The deadline to register for SOC14 at the Regular Registration Rate of $360 is Monday, March 10, 2014. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2014-state-of-the-coast-conference-tickets-8398033745 or print a copy of the registration form and mail it with either check or money order to the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana. Registration forms and payment sent by mail must be postmarked by March 10, 2014 to qualify for the Regular Registration Rate.

Exciting Program Additions for SOC14!
New for SOC14, in addition to the traditional sessions with oral presentations, conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in three training workshops. The interactive workshops will take place each day of the conference concurrently with the traditional sessions in the Workshop and WIFI room and will allow conference attendees to understand and practice using several online coastal planning and restoration tools on their own laptops.


The What, Where, and How of the Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) Website
Louisiana’s Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS) is a single comprehensive wetland monitoring program that facilitates ecological comparisons at site, project, hydrologic basin, and coastwide scales. With a wide audience of data users, the CRMS program strives to maintain a web interface that is user friendly, efficiently delivers relevant information and is capable of evolving as the CRMS program evolves. This workshop will introduce the CRMS program, explain report card indices, identify available data, provide instructor-led navigation of the website, will highlight key visualizations and datasets, and will illustrate how CRMS data can be used for project planning, monitoring, design, and evaluation throughout coastal Louisiana.

The What, Where, and How of the EverVIEW NetCDF Data Visualization Platform
The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Priority Ecosystems Science program have developed a standards-compliant data visualization platform due to deal with the data size and complexity issues that have limited coastal resource managers and planners from incorporating ecological modeling outputs into their decision process. This workshop will introduce the USGS’ standards-compliant EverVIEW Data Viewer (EverVIEW) visualization platform and will provide several use cases illustrating how EverVIEW has been used by scientific teams to assist in modeling decision rule development, and how CPRA utilized EverVIEW to assess numerous scenario outputs during the 2012 Master Plan modeling efforts.

Gulf of Mexico Coastal Resilience: Using Decision Support to Advance Resilience and Restoration Planning
The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in partnership with the University of Southern Mississippi and NOAA, has developed a web-based mapping application to advance previous efforts towards large-scale conservation and restoration planning in the Gulf of Mexico. This workshop will provide a live-demo for the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Resilience Decision Support Tool, will focus on how communities can incorporate the tool into planning and restoration scenarios, and will provide success stories from communities where the tool has been used successfully.

SOC14 will depend on a large team of Student Workers from across the state to help the conference run smoothly. This year, 22 students will take time out of their busy schedules to lend a helping hand at SOC14. If you spot a student wearing a blue CRCL Volunteer t-shirt during SOC14, please thank them for volunteering their time to help make SOC14 a success!


Getnet Agegnehu, Louisiana State University Kaci Jones, Louisiana State University
Kenzie Bozeman, Southeastern Louisiana University Kimberly Landry, University of New Orleans
Megan Calvit, Louisiana State University Adam Oler, McNeese State University
Kristin DeMarco, Louisiana State University Noble Opusunju, Xavier University
Glenn E Dobson Jr., Southeastern Louisiana University Angela New, Louisiana State University
Wangjia Dong, Louisiana State University April Newman, Louisiana State University
Idorenyin A. Etuk, Xavier University Amanda Normand, Southeastern Louisiana University
Tangban Favour, Southern University at New Orleans Soroush Sorourian, Louisiana State University
Benjamin Hartman, Louisiana State University Eric Strickland, Southeastern Louisiana University
Sonya Shorty Hill, Southern University at New Orleans Marzia Tamanna, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Cody Johnson, Louisiana State University Tara Yocum, University of New Orleans

ConocoPhillips – Conference Lanyard Sponsor
Meet New Friends and Remember their Names at SOC14-Thanks to ConcoPhillips for their generous Sponsorship of SOC14 nametag lanyards!

Please contact Chuck Simmons at 225-767-4181 for more information or at chucks@crcl.org.