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USGS-WHFC Exhibit at the National Weather Service Open House

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Courtney Harris explains the seafloor video
Courtney Harris explains the seafloor video to three interested youngsters.
Five WHFC employees (Brad Butman, Jessica Cote, Benjamin Gutierrez, Courtney Harris, and David Walsh) put together and staffed an information display at the National Weather Service Open House in Taunton, Massachusetts, on the weekend of May 21st and 22nd. Storms were the theme of this year's Open House. The family-oriented weekend featured weather balloon launches, lectures on storms and other weather-related hazards, and tours of the National Weather Service facility. Approximately 3000 people attended. True to the theme, the weather threatened to storm both days!

Other State and Federal agencies that participated were: the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, Skywatch, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the USGS Water Resources Division, Northborough, MA.

Jessica Cote prepares a demo
Jessica Cote prepares to run the digital-photo time series while Courtney Harris helps visitors with the microscopes.
  Ben Gutierrez answers a question
Ben Gutierrez answers a question about the microscope display.

The WHFC exhibit, designed by Jessica Cote, concentrated on USGS work from Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. A time-series sediment trap and a poster explaining the WHFC work provided the backdrop for the exhibit. A digital-photo time series of the Massachusetts Bay sea floor highlighted the effects that storms have on seafloor sediment transport. A computer simulation of effluent discharge from the new ocean outfall was also featured. One of the big hits was a video constructed from seafloor video surveys acquired in the summer of 1999 using the SEABOSS (Seabed Observation Sampling System). The video displayed the range of bottom types and sea life that can be found in Massachusetts Bay. Two microscopes with slides containing sediment samples and foraminifera from the seafloor were especially interesting to the youngsters. The visitors eagerly took USGS souvenirs as mementos (pencils and newly designed post cards of the Massachusetts Bay Project).

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