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Coastal Protection Conference Set in Virgin Islands

Feb. 16, 2005 – St. Thomas will be the site of a March conference designed to bring the latest technology to bear on protecting people and buildings on coastlines.
Lt. Gov. Vargrave Richards, in a press release Tuesday, said his office, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Geodetic Survey, will host the conference, "Coastal Protection, Infrastructure Development and Height Modernization throughout the Caribbean," March 2 and 3, at the Marriott Frenchman's Reef Resort on St. Thomas.
Experts from the Federal Emergency Management Authority, National Geodetic Survey, and the University of the Virgin Islands will focus on GIS coordination, height modernization, global positioning systems, and remote sensing.
Richards said these technical areas are "relevant to implementing proactive mapping and sensory strategies to address natural disasters and other environmental concerns." He called the conference timely "in light of the recent tsunami disaster." The height modernization topic addresses changing water levels in the ocean or in water tables.
Charlie Challstrom, of the National Geodetic Survey, said, "This conference will foster a partnership in mapping and surveying Caribbean shorelines for improved safety and development."
Information regarding the conference can be viewed at www.ltg.gov.vi.. Click on the GIS Conference link or call 774-2991.
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