Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Human Pathogens in Lake Pontchartrain
November 16-18, 2006
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Wood Hole, MA 02543
August 29, 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast of
the United States. By late morning of August 29 the storm had
caused several sections of the levee system in New Orleans to
collapse. Subsequent flooding over ~80% of the city, much of
which lies below sea level, resulted in widespread damage. The
volume of the floodwaters has been estimated at billions of
liters. Because of the configuration of the dewatering pumps,
most of the water was discharged to Lake Pontchartrain, directly north
of the city. The conditions resulting from the tragedy in New
Orleans represented a possible “worst case” scenario for contamination
of coastal and estuarine waters. What we learn from the analysis
of samples taken there can help us to understand and predict what could
happen in other coastal areas. This workshop will accomplish the
1) Summarize and discuss research
accomplished in direct response to the flooding following Hurricane
Katrina to determine the short term and long term effects on the
microbial community of Lake Pontchartrain.
2) Define a rapid response plan for sampling and analysis that will be made available to the research community.
Develop public presentations that will be utilized by workshop
participants in public outreach activities, including at the Morss
Colloquim on November 18, 2006.
includes invited talks, posters, and discussion sessions. The
workshop portion is open primarily to invited participants, although
other interested researchers, postdocs and students are welcome to
attend. Participants are requested to register online.
Please register before Nov. 3, 2006.
The summary and discussion
portion of the workshop will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, and Friday
Nov. 17, 2006 in room 2-04 in Redfield Building of Woods Hole
Oceanographic Institution, located in Woods Hole Village.
2nd Annual Morss Colloquium
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Morss Colloquium will take place on November 18, 2006 that includes
presentations summarizing what has been learned, along with a question
and answer session. The colloquium will be in Redfield
Auditorium, in Woods Hole Village. Please contact Bonnie
Cormier (email@example.com) for additional information.
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