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July: we made the news!

The month of July was busy with fieldwork where we were downloading data from our coastal monitoring sites: Cape John and Hirtles Beach. We were mainly downloading information from our weather stations and tide gauges. We still have to visit Mavellette in the Bay of Fundy. I managed to squeeze in a weeks’ worth of holiday in mid-July. We have started a new project for the main section of the LaHave River with the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) where we will extend our hydrodynamic and flood risk work from the town of Bridgewater upstream to new Germany and downstream to the mouth of the LaHave River. As a result of this new project we installed another pressure sensor in the LaHave River downstream of New Germany and took flow measurements. The research on flood-risk mapping of coastal and estuarine areas was in the news in July. I was interviewed by Brigitte Noel of the CBC Fredericton television about the vintage of flood-risk maps in the Maritimes and the need to update such maps. Obviously the past experience of AGRG with lidar and flood risk mapping was the foundation of the interview related to “New Mapping Tools” and the improvements in science and our understanding of things like sea-level rise and crustal subsidence. The CBC pulled some video footage from past interviews and produced a fairly comprehensive piece for the story which can be seen at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/story/2013/07/08/nb-flood-risk-maps-1151.html. The Town of Bridgewater council meetings where we presented our research project results are televised and covered by the media who reported the story of the presentation in the South Shore Now newspaper. The online version of the article can be seen at http://www.southshorenow.ca/en/20130710/News/13307/Scientist-says-rising-water-a-risk-to-Bridgewater-infrastructure.htm.

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