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At the heart of good decision-making is access to relevant information. In the field of environmental resource management, having complete access to up-to-date research is the best way to make informed decisions. Thus was born CoastLive.org, an interactive webcast allowing viewers to participate in a research project while it happens.
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P.O. Box 1040
Beaufort , NC 28516
Contact Person: Gregory Janicke
Phone: (252) 728-2170
Fax: (252) 728-6273
E-Mail: gregory_janicke@ncnerr.org
Website: http://www.coastlive.org

Detailed Information:
The National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) has made the effective transfer of information from the scientific research communities to those involved in the resource decision-making process one of its priorities. To that end, the North Carolina NERR, working in conjunction with the Jacques Cousteau-Mullica River NERR (NJ), the Chesapeake Bay–Virginia NERR, the North Inlet/Winyah Bay NERR (SC) and the Padilla Bay NERR (WA), has developed the CoastLive.org Project. This website, www.coastlive.org, will serve as an informational portal for research projects taking place in the NERR system. Currently scheduled are two research teams that will participate in a series of workshops around the country utilizing streaming video technology. At each of the participating reserves, these researchers’ presentations will be part of an overall workshop that will address similar research themes. On December 8, the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCNERR) will broadcast a live presentation on the Internet focusing on microbial activity in the saltmarsh habitat. The researchers themselves will present this cutting edge program: "Microbial Metabolism as a Measure of Saltmarsh Function" by Dr. Paul del Giorgio and Dr. Roger I.E. Newell, Horn Point Laboratory, Center for Environmental Science,University of Maryland. Drs. del Giorgio and Newell will present their research live over the Internet from their field location and laboratory at the Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland. Their presentation will reach five separate but simultaneous workshops of coastal managers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington. The general public is welcome to participate. Log in to www.coastlive.org and follow the instructions to join this live and interactive presentation from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST) on December 8, 2000. After the Internet presentations, there will be an opportunity to ask the rsearchers questions via the Internet.

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