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Media advisory five: AGU 2006 Fall Meeting

MBARI field trip update, New press conference room

American Geophysical Union


  1. Final press conference information
  2. Attention PIOs: Sending press releases to Fall Meeting
  3. MBARI Field trip update
    A. Scientist named to provide geologic commentary
    B. Photo ID needed
    C. Confirmed and wait-listed participants
  4. Reminder: New Press Room!
  5. News Media registration information
  6. News Media Registration Form
  7. Who's coming

Please see Media Advisories 1-4 for information not repeated here:"content=media

1. Final press conference information

Following is the latest available information on press conferences planned for Fall Meeting. As always, it is subject to change prior to, and during, the meeting. Changes may include addition or deletion of press conferences, changes in participants, and changes in the emphasis of a press conference. Any changes occurring subsequent to this message will be announced in the Press Room at Fall Meeting; this is the final pre-meeting media advisory.

All press conferences take place in Room 232 Moscone South, 747 Howard Street.

Dial in to press conferences Reporters who cannot attend the meeting may listen in to the press conferences and even ask questions. All days and times listed below are Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is eight hours earlier than UTC/GMT (0900h in San Francisco = 1700h in London).

From the United States and Canada, call toll-free: 888-481-3032
From rest of the world, call (not toll-free): +1-617-801-9600
When prompted, enter this code: 115139
The code is the same for all press conferences, but you must place a new call for each one, even in consecutive hours.

  • Overview of Fall Meeting

    Monday, 11 December 0800h

    The largest AGU meeting ever, this year's Fall Meeting is a challenge even for the most experienced reporters. The range of session topics is unprecedented, and many special events also compete for the attention of scientists and reporters alike. The chair of the Fall Meeting Program Committee will present some of his top picks of important and newsworthy sessions, especially those for which there is no press conference.

    Participant: Jeffrey Plescia: Chair, Fall Meeting Program Committee; Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA.

  • Climate Change Affecting Outer Atmosphere

    Monday, 11 December 0900h

    In a sign of the far-reaching impacts of climate change, new research shows that carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels will produce a three percent reduction in the density of the thermosphere, Earth's outermost atmosphere, by 2017. A team of researchers led by Stanley Solomon and Liying Qian produced this estimate using a computer model of the outer atmosphere that incorporates the solar cycle as well as the gradual increase of carbon dioxide. The hypothesis that carbon dioxide emissions would affect the thermosphere was advanced in 1989 by Robert Dickinson and others, and the change in density was recently measured by analyzing changes in satellite orbits. Qian also is modeling the semiannual variations of thermospheric density. Forecasts of outer atmosphere density could help NASA and other agencies plan the fuel needs and timing of satellite launches.

    Participants: Stanley Solomon: Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA;

    Liying Qian: Associate Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA;

    Robert Dickinson: Professor, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

    Session SH22A

  • Arctic warming and its impacts

    Monday, 11 December 1000h

    New research is taking aim at understanding the linkages within the Arctic system as a whole, and of the Arctic's connections with the broader Earth system. Scientists representing the largest group of arctic researchers in the U.S.--ARCUS--will present news of recent and significant findings. Changes in the Arctic are linked to one another, with potentially magnified cumulative effects. As warming continues, impacts will become more apparent and widespread. Among the key changes underway are increasing air temperatures, diminishing sea ice, warming and thawing permafrost, expansion of woody shrubs across the tundra, melting Greenland ice sheet, and increased discharge of freshwater from Arctic rivers into the oceans. While many of these changes have already been documented, it is their recent persistence, interactions, and coherence that underpins an emerging science that considers the Arctic system as a whole.

    Participants: Larry Hinzman: Professor and Deputy Director, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA;

    Mark Serreze: Senior Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA;

    Charles Vörösmarty: Research Professor, Director, Water Systems Analysis Group, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, USA.

    Session U21D/U22A/U23A/U24A

  • Climate effects of a nuclear war

    Monday, 11 December 1100h

    New studies suggest that a nuclear conflict involving a small number of weapons could have a devastating local effect and global climatic consequences. Turco, Toon, and Stenchikov produced the first climate models of nuclear winter in 1983, and Robock modeled nuclear winter and studied the effects of smoke on climate starting in 1984. They have returned to the question of the effects of the use of nuclear weapons on the planet, considering current nuclear arsenals and using modern climate models. This press conference presents new results on direct fatalities, emissions of smoke, climate model simulations of a regional nuclear conflict, ozone depletion, and new full-scale nuclear winter simulations from a modern climate model. The latter finds a decade-long climate response, much longer than previously thought. New observations and detailed simulations of smoke from forest fires lofted into the stratosphere validate the global climate model results.

    Participants: Alan Robock: Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA;

    Owen B. Toon: Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, USA;

    Richard P. Turco: Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, California, USA.

    Georgiy Stenchikov: Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.

    Session U14A

  • Solar wind/magnetospheric coupling

    Monday, 11 December 1300h

    The Sun continually expels ions and electrons (a plasma known as the solar wind) of variable energies and fluxes. During dramatic solar events, such as flares and associated coronal mass ejections traveling through interplanetary space, the largely enhanced particle fluxes and magnetic field strength of the solar wind lead to enhanced geomagnetic activity in the near-Earth environment (the magnetosphere). Recent research has found that the coupling of various physical processes render the magnetospheric response highly complex. On the other hand, a comprehensive search for direct coupling functions between the solar wind properties and the magnetosphere response suggests the existence of apparently simpler than expected predictability of geomagnetic activity. These results shed new light on some fundamental physical questions and provide us with better capability to predict geomagnetic activity, but also bring up new questions, such as why such direct coupling functions are so successful.

    Participants: Patrick Newell: Principal Staff Physicist, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA;

    Joseph E. Borovsky: Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA;

    George Siscoe: Research Professor, Center for Space Physics, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    Session SM22A/SM31A/SM33D/SH33C

  • Improved weather forecasting with Formosat/Cosmic

    Monday, 11 December 1400h

    A suite of microsatellites, launched earlier this year, is already helping to improve weather forecasting and may also improve cyclone forecasting. The mission's new observation technique is based on on-orbit reception of GPS signals that are occulted by Earth's atmosphere. The data are used for weather forecasting, climate monitoring, and space weather monitoring. Ground systems receive and process 1,500 (ultimately 2,500) daily profiles in near-real-time and forward them to operational weather centers. The data have had positive impact on the most sophisticated weather models in Europe and the United States. These are the first space-based datasets in such areas as weather forecasting, the global planetary boundary layer, the global tropopause, and the top and bottom of the ionosphere.

    Participants: Richard A. Anthes: President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA;

    C. Z. Frank Cheng: Chief Scientist, National Space Organization, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan; Director, Plasma and Space Science Center, National Cheng-Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan;

    Christian Rocken: Chief Scientist, Constellation Observing System for Meteorology Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) Program Office, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

    Session A14A/A21B

  • Better predictions of hurricane intensity

    Monday, 11 December 1500h

    The record-setting 2004-2005 hurricane season highlighted the importance and urgency of improving hurricane intensity forecasting, which is lagging far behind the improvement in hurricane track forecasting. During the last few decades, the intensity of hurricanes has increased. The recent field program Hurricane Rainbands and Intensity Change Experiment (RAINEX) involved unprecedented aircraft measurements that targeted smaller scale features closely related to storm intensity. Observations during Katrina and Rita provided important new insights into storm dynamics, damaging rain, and wind structures.

    Participants: Peter Webster: School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA;

    Robert A. Houze: Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA;

    Mark DeMaria: National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

    Session A13E/A21H/A22B

  • Shallow depth gas hydrates and their climate impact

    Monday, 11 December 1600h

    Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 311 off the Pacific coast of Canada discovered gas hydrate at unexpectedly shallow depths below the seafloor, contrary to what models had predicted. This may be significant because the destabilization of gas hydrate is a suspected contributor to past and current increases in atmospheric methane. Methane is an important greenhouse gas, and in return, warming oceans may be a prime cause of disturbing gas hydrate, since concentrations near the seafloor are more vulnerable to ocean-bottom temperature changes than those at greater depth. In other words, there is a potential positive feedback: warming the oceans leads to more methane release, leading to even more warming.

    Participants: Michael Riedel: Associate Professor, T.H. Clark Chair in Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada;

    Mitchell Malone: Research Scientist, Manager of Science Operations, Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA;

    Timothy S. Collett: Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    Session OS11E/OS12C/OS13F/OS33B

  • Water supply shortages and abundances revealed by GRACE

    Tuesday, 12 December 0900h

    The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) is a global gravity mapping mission that is expanding our knowledge in fields ranging from geodesy, oceanography and the solid Earth sciences, to glaciology. Yet another key and crucial focus of Grace is its ability to study Earth's water cycle at our planet's mid latitudes, where it can make vital contributions to global management of Earth's most precious natural resource, fresh water. The hydrological community as a whole has embraced Grace data and the fruits of their labors are now becoming evident, as evidenced by the broad range of recent water storage observations in locations ranging from the tropics to Siberia. In this press conference, researchers present selections from the most recent and important applications, including evidence of sharp water storage decreases in the Congo, Zambezi, Mekong, Parana, and Yukon basins, among others, and significant increases in the Niger, Lena, and Volga basins, among others.

    Participants: Michael Watkins: GRACE Project Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA;

    Matt Rodell: Hydrologist, Hydrological Sciences Branch, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA;

    James Famiglietti, Associate Professor, Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California, USA.

    Session G11B/G12A/G13A/G13B/G13C

  • Seeing the "ups and downs" on Saturn's moon Titan

    Tuesday, 12 December 1000h

    This briefing will include the latest results from a flyby of Titan by the Cassini spacecraft on 25 October. Cassini gazed at Titan in infrared light, giving scientists a look at surface features never before seen, including a ridge of mountain peaks that appears to rise and fall in elevation. Radar observations of the same region have shown its surface geology, and the new observations will help determine its composition. The combination of these data sets is providing more clues to the various geologic processes taking place on Titan.

    Participants: Dennis Matson, Cassini project scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA;

    Robert Brown, Team Leader, Cassini visual and infrared mapping spectrometer, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA;

    Rosaly Lopes, Cassini radar system team, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA.

    Sessions: P11A/P12A/P13A/P21B

  • Dramatically changing coastlines and their human impacts

    Tuesday, 12 December 1100h

    Coastal environments, including sandy shores, rocky coasts, marshes, estuaries and deltas, are extremely dynamic over a variety of time scales. Potentially dramatic changes in these environments occur in response to storms such as hurricanes and, over longer time scales, due to changes in relative sea level and the rate of sediment supply. Researchers will report the latest advances in understanding and predicting the response of coastal systems over a variety of time scales in this session. Panelists will present examples of new research that is directly relevant to human habitation of the coastal zone, with a focus on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina, progress in predicting coastal vulnerability to hurricanes, and the potential effects of sea-level rise on barrier islands. For example, recent measurements of the changes to Louisiana's Chandeleur Islands reveal that these barrier islands approached total failure during Hurricane Katrina, providing a warning of how the world's barrier islands might respond to storm-surge inundation, should predictions of accelerated global sea level rise prove accurate.

    Participants: Asbury (Abby) Sallenger: Oceanographer, U.S. Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;

    H. F. Stockdon: Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies, US Geological Survey, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;

    Laura Moore: Department of Geology, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, USA.

    Session H31I/H32C/H33B

  • Solar cycle 24: Strong or weak--and why it matters

    Tuesday, 12 December 1300h

    National economies around the globe are increasingly vulnerable to space weather, as their basic commercial and military infrastructures have become reliant on electronic equipment, wireless communications, and satellite services. Accurate solar cycle predictions and solar storm forecasts are the first defense against damage to critical equipment. Scientists are currently formulating an official prediction of the upcoming Solar Cycle 24, to be issued by NOAA in April 2007. Over 30 preliminary predictions, differing widely in their forecasts of cycle onset, duration, and intensity, are on the table. This press conference will provide an inside look at two very different predictions (one forecasting a weak cycle, the other an intense cycle) and the science behind the two approaches. Speakers will describe how the panel plans to arrive at a consensus by April and the implications of a strong or weak cycle prediction for specific industries and government agencies.

    Participants: Douglas Biesecker: Physicist, Chair, Solar Cycle 24 Prediction Panel, NOAA Space Environment Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA;

    William Murtagh: Space Weather Forecaster, Customer Focus Representative, NOAA Space Environment Center, Boulder, Colorado, USA;

    David Hathaway: Solar Physics Group Leader, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, USA;

    W. Dean Pesnell: Project Scientist, Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA.

    Session SH21A/SH24A

  • Submarine landslides as tsunami generators

    Tuesday, 12 December 1400h

    Submarine landslides are a common cause of damaging and often deadly tsunamis. Recent studies show that landslide tsunamis are a hazard to many U.S. and Canadian communities and that they even affected ancient peoples. In the great Alaskan earthquake of 1964, which produced more fatalities than any other U.S. earthquake/tsunami in the last 50 years, most of the 131 deaths resulted from tsunamis, most of which were caused by landslides. We are just beginning to learn how to estimate the extent and likelihood of future events.

    Participants: Brian Bornhold: University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

    Elena Suleimani: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska, USA;

    David Mosher: Geological Survey of Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada;

    Stein Bondevik: Department of Geology, University of Tromsoe, Tromsoe, Norway.

    Session OS33E/OS34C/OS43C

  • Comet tail disconnections imaged as never before

    Tuesday, 12 December 1600

    The Solar Mass Ejection Imager Mission (SMEI) observed three bright comets during April-May 2004, two of which experienced several, spectacular plasma tail disconnections, which are common, but are mostly observed from the ground. SMEI imaged faint structures in the tails at three to five times the length scales attainable from the ground. It also provided unprecedented temporal and spatial coverage of these events, and its sensitivity permitted it to track the disconnected tail fragments to extreme distances not possible from the ground. Recent improvements in imaging allowed researchers to discover the probable cause of one of these disconnection events. A coronal mass ejection was observed spatially coincident with a tail disconnect. Although it had been assumed that such disturbances passing a comet could cause disconnections, this is possibly the first direct observation of one occurring.

    Participants Janet C. Johnston: SMEI Principal Investigator/Program Manager, Space Weather Center of Excellence, Air Force Research Laboratory, Hanscom Air Force Base, Bedford, Massachusetts, USA;

    Thomas Kuchar: SMEI astronomer consultant, Institute for Scientific Research, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, USA;

    Bernard Jackson: SMEI Co-Investigator, Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.

    Session SH32A/SH33A

  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

    Wednesday, 13 December 0900h

    Beginning just in October 2006, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter began observing Mars with the highest resolutions yet achieved from orbit. An early emphasis on the polar regions has revealed new features of the layered polar terrains, including thinner surface and subsurface layers than previously observed, as well as new aspects of the composition of nearby dune fields. Measurements elsewhere on the planet also reveal compositional diversity that extends down to the new limit of resolution. Together, the observations provide new clues about how Martian climate has changed in both the ancient and recent geological past.

    Participants: Kenneth E Herkenhoff: Co-Investigator, High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), Astrogeology Team, U. S. Geological Survey, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA;

    John Mustard: Deputy Principal Investigator, Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA;

    Roger Phillips: Deputy Team Leader, Shallow Radar (SHARAD), Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

    Session P23B/P33A

  • Mars rovers: still more discoveries

    Wednesday, 13 December 1000h

    NASA's Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity are still exploring Mars more than 34 months into what was planned as a three-month surface mission. Opportunity has begun examining a crater that was its destination for more than two years, observing rock layers exposed in the crater wall. Spirit recently finished a campaign of experiments from a slope where it parked for more than six months of limited solar energy and has resumed driving to targets such as bright, salty soil. Participants will describe the latest findings, none previously announced, and the rovers' status.

    Participants: Stephen Squyres: Principal Investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA;

    Ray Arvidson: Deputy Principal Investigator, Mars Exploration Rovers, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA;

    John Callas: Project Manager, Mars Exploration Rovers, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA.

    Session P41B/P43A/P44A

  • Assessing and managing the risk of natural catastrophes

    Thursday, 14 December 0900h

    Scientific investigations of natural catastrophes have been undertaken for decades but it is only recently that the interface between science, engineering, and financial issues has been explored, providing a gateway to enhanced risk assessment and, ultimately, risk management. Recent catastrophic events, including the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Hurricane Katrina and the Pakistan earthquake in 2005, demonstrated the relevance of catastrophic risk to daily lives worldwide. This press conference highlights three case studies from the session: (1) In Newcastle, Australia, fatalities and US$3.5 billion in damage was caused by an earthquake triggered by coal mining activities, an example of "geomechanical pollution." (2) The utility of the well known Saffir-Simpson scale for predicting damage and surge risks from hurricanes is called into question. Researchers are applying newly developed indices for evaluating hurricane intensity, damage potential, and surge potential to a twenty year data base of Atlantic hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. (3) Scientists are attempting to quantify the impacts of anticipated precipitation extremes on human activity in South America. Using a combination of data sets, they develop indices of the impact of potential disasters at national and sub-national scales.

    Participants: Christian D. Klose: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, Palisades, New York, USA;

    Mark Jordan: Department of Meteorology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA;

    Auroop R. Ganguly: Geographic Information Science and Technology Group, Computational Sciences and Engineering Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

    Session GC44A

  • The Indian Ocean tsunami two years on

    Thursday, 14 December 1100h

    The disastrous tsunami of December 26, 2004 awakened much of the world to the hazard posed by great subduction earthquakes and tsunamis, and to the destructive potential of the most extreme natural events. Scientists worldwide have been energized to study why some events prove more destructive than others, how the lessons from recent destructive events can give insight into potential future events elsewhere, and how to provide better real-time warnings. These three topics are the focus of the press conference and of many of the 60 presentations in the session. Why is the relationship between earthquake size and tsunami size so variable" What do the recent earthquakes in Indonesia tell us about potential future earthquakes and tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S." Finally, how can real-time measurements of ground displacements from GPS improve the ability to predict tsunami heights and provide accurate and timely warnings"

    Participants Eric Geist: U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USA;

    Chris Goldfinger: College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA;

    Stephan Sobolev: GeoForschungs Zentrum, Potsdam, Germany.

    Session U44A/U51B/U52A/U53A

  • Climate Change: The Role of Science and the Media in Policymaking

    Thursday, 14 December 1230h-1330h

    S.F. Marriott Hotel, 4th and Mission Streets, Salon 8 (downstairs from the lobby level)

    This is a Union lecture, not a press conference, but Mr. Gore will take questions from the audience, including reporters, at the conclusion of his talk. We have requested reserved seats for reporters near the front of the room and a mult (press) box in the rear, near the camera platform.

    Participant: Hon. Al Gore

    Session U42D

  • First results of the Stardust mission

    Thursday, 14 December 1400h

    Researchers will present the first peer-reviewed results of the Stardust Discovery Mission, providing data and analysis of the spacecraft's encounter with Comet Wild 2 in January 2004. Wild 2 is a Jupiter-family comet, believed to have formed in the Kuiper Belt of objects beyond the orbit of Neptune. Stardust has brought to Earth material that is known to have originated in the outer regions of the solar system.

    Participants: Donald Brownlee: Department of Astronomy, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA;

    Scott Sandford: Astrophysics Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA;

    Michael Zolensky: Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, USA.

    Session P52B

2. Attention PIOs: Sending press releases to Fall Meeting

Public information officers of universities, government agencies, and research institutions are encouraged to send press releases and related documentation to Fall Meeting. We recommend around 50 copies of printed materials and three-to-five copies of broadcast quality videotapes (Beta format).

The easiest way to get these materials to the Press Room is to take them yourself, if you are going to Fall Meeting, or to give them to one of your scientists, with instructions to deliver them to Room 238 Moscone South, from Monday, 11 December.

If you prefer, you may send these materials by FedEx, UPS, or DHL to the following address:

Harvey Leifert - AGU Press Room (Room 238 Moscone South)
c/o AGU Fall Meeting
Moscone West
800 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: 415-348-4440

Express shipments to the above address should be timed to arrive on Friday, 8 December, or after. They will be displayed from 11 December or as soon as received.

Remaining materials may be collected from Room 238 on Friday, 15 December, at 1300h, after which they will be scrapped.

3. MBARI field trip update

(Note: The program for the day remains as provided in Media Advisory 4, with one exception: The introduction to MBARI will be presented by Marcia McNutt, President and CEO of MBARI and former president of AGU. The program may be reviewed at and is subject to change.)

A. Scientist named to provide geology commentary
Philip Stoffer, a geologist on the U. S. Geological Survey's Western Earth Surface Processes Team in Menlo Park, California, will provide commentary on the coastal trip from San Francisco to Moss Landing. A former high school teacher in New York City, he has been involved in various Bay Area geology projects. Stoffer has recently compiled several Bay Area field guides including:

"Where's the San Andreas Fault" A Guidebook to Tracing the Fault on Public Lands in the San Francisco Bay Region"
(Stoffer will provide everyone on the field trip a copy of this guidebook.)

"Geology and Natural History of the San Francisco Bay Area: A Field-Trip Guidebook"

"Rocks and Geology of the San Francisco Bay region"

B. Photo ID required
Please take a government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver's license, passport), as it will be needed to issue you a pass to board the Western Flyer.

C. Confirmed and wait-listed participants
Those currently Confirmed and on the Wait List are noted in Who's Coming (linked from Item 7, below). We anticipate clearing several Wait Listed people in the coming days, and they will be so notified. Those still on the Wait List on 10 December are encouraged to arrive at the starting point by 0800h, to be eligible to take the place of any no-shows.

If you are Confirmed and your plans change so that you cannot participate, please inform Harvey Leifert as soon as possible. Between 8 and 10 December, call him at +1 301-785-5977 (cell); leave a message, if necessary.

The trip will take place rain or shine. Check the weather forecast for Moss Landing, California, and take a raincoat or poncho, etc., as well as an umbrella, if there is any chance of rain.

Reminder to all: Eat breakfast and take a snack with you for the bus rides down and back. The bus will carry water and soft drinks only.

4. Reminder: New Press Room!

We are in a new Press Room this year. For details, see Media Advisory 4:

Press conferences will be in Room 232 Moscone South, across the corridor from the Press Room. This is a change from the previous announcement.

5. News Media registration information

News Media registrants receive a badge that provides access to any of the scientific sessions of the meeting, as well as to the Press Room and Briefing Room. No one will be allowed into the Moscone West Exhibition Hall (Level 1) or up the escalators or elevator to Levels 2 and 3 without a badge.

Eligibility for press registration is limited to the following persons:

  • Working press employed by bona fide news media: must present a press card, business card, or letter of introduction from an editor of a recognized publication.

  • Freelance science writers: must present a current membership card from NASW, a regional affiliate of NASW, CSWA, ISWA, or SEJ; or evidence of by-lined work pertaining to science intended for the general public and published in 2005 or 2006; or a letter from the editor of a recognized publication assigning you to cover Fall Meeting.

  • Public information officers of scientific societies, educational institutions, and government agencies: must present a business card.

Note 1: Representatives of publishing houses, for-profit corporations, and the business side of news media must register at the main registration desk at the meeting and pay the appropriate fees, regardless of possession of any of the above documents. They are not accredited as News Media at the meeting.

Note 2: Scientists who are also reporters and who are presenting at this meeting (oral or poster session) may receive News Media credentials if they qualify (see above), but must also register for the meeting and pay the appropriate fee as a presenter.

6. News Media Registration Form

The News Media Registration Form is set up for online submission, but includes a link to a version that can be printed out and faxed or mailed. Go to:"content=media&show=pressReg_online

The last day for advance News Media registration, assuring that your badge will be waiting for you when you arrive, is Friday, 1 December 2006. You may also register onsite in Room 238 Moscone South.

7. Who's coming

This year, we are posting the Who's Coming list online. It is updated daily and may be seen at"content=media (scroll down, if necessary).


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