Western Region CMG Scientists Host Science Journalists at Marine Facility
Last month, CMG scientists held a miniature open house at the USGS
Marine Facility (Marfac) in Redwood City, California, for 30-plus
right, shows journalists a sidescan-sonar fish. Computer equipment
behind the fish was used to display sidescan images from Lake
Washington and Glacier Bay.
The journalists had come from all over the country
to cover the Annual Fall Meeting of AGU (December 13-17) in San Francisco.
During an AGU-sponsored field trip to the USGS on Sunday, December 12,
the journalists were treated to:
a trip on San Francisco Bay aboard WRD's 96-ft R/V Polaris, and
a behind-the-scenes look at marine research equipment housed at Marfac.
Original plans for the eventconceived and organized by Western
Region Public Affairs Officer Pat Jorgensoncalled only for the trip
aboard the Polaris. But so many journalists signed up that Pat had
to plan two boat trips, with half the journalists on the Polaris and
half waiting their turn at Marfac.
The ready-made audience was more
than CMG could resist, and so began a scramble to pull together a
mini-open house on short notice. Helen Gibbons and Terry Bruns drew
up plans; Helen, Carolyn Degnan, Carol Reiss, Chris Gutmacher, and
Sue Hunt set up display areas at Marfac; and half a dozen CMG
scientists gathered equipment, records, cores, and posters to
display. The result was highly successful.
left, and a visiting journalist discuss CMG's sediment studies in the
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Mike Boyle displayed a Klein 2000 sidescan-sonar system, showing the
journalists the sidescan fish and digital sidescan records collected
from Lake Washington (Seattle) and Glacier Bay (Alaska). The
journalistsand Bob Hirsch, USGS Chief Hydrologist in town for AGU and
on hand for the Polaris tripwere particularly impressed with images
of plane and boat wrecks in Lake Washington, and Mike filled numerous
requests for printed images of the wrecks. Paul Carlson exhibited a
multibeam bathymetric map of central San Francisco Bay, complete with a
large stereo image and 3-D glasses to help visitors view it.
showed results from coring Monterey Bay sediment and also interested
journalists in his work on saltwater intrusion in Southern California
aquifers. Larry Phillips displayed cores from the Arctic Ocean and
pointed out evidence they contain for climate cycles. Hank Chezar
commented on a variety of camera sleds and ran underwater video footage.
Chris Sherwood showed journalists a tripod with attached instruments
(current meter, turbidity sensors, cameras) that is being rigged at
Marfac for upcoming field work. The tripods will be deployed
from the Scripps R/V Sproul to gather data for CMG studies of sediment
and pollutant transport on the continental shelf off Los
Angeles. Terry Bruns and Sue Hunt were on hand
to answer general questions about the CMG Program and the Marine Facility.
Handouts for the journalists included fact sheets, postcards, educational
posters and booklets, and small samples of rocks dredged from Gorda Ridge
off northern California.
center, shows visiting journalists where tripods will be placed off
Southern California in January 2000.
The mini-open house gave CMG scientists an opportunity for one-on-one
interactions with some of the best science writers in the nation, who
later offered Pat Jorgenson many glowing comments about the event.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
in this issue:
Hudson Valley Shelf
Marine Facility Hosts Science Journalists
Co-op Research Open House
GIS Day '99
GD Managers Visit St. Pete
January Publications List