'An Eye on Katrina: Geoscience Perspectives on a Catastrophic Hurricane' at GSA Next Week

October 10, 2005

Boulder, Colo. - The latest geoscience perspectives on Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of the Gulf Coast will be presented at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. A special two-hour session takes place Tuesday, 18 October, 3:30-5:30 p.m. MDT, in Room 250D/E of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Media representatives are encouraged to attend "An Eye on Katrina: Geoscience Perspectives on a Catastrophic Hurricane" or call the GSA Newsroom onsite to arrange for telephone interviews. Details on both options follow the session description below.

Four scientists from the US Geological Survey, all of whom were on the ground before, during, or after the storm, will open the session: Speakers in the second hour of the session are: The session will be chaired by David M. Bush, Professor of Geology, University of West Georgia, and editor of the journal, Southeastern Geology. Bush is a nationally recognized expert in coastal geoscience.

View abstracts at http://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2005AM/finalprogram/session_16680.htm

Additional resource for reporting on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina: II. Newsroom and Post-Meeting Contact Information

During the meeting, GSA will staff a fully equipped newsroom in Room 254C of the Salt Palace Convention Center. Hours of operation are:

Saturday, 15 October, 1-6 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, 16-18 October, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, 19 October, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The telephone number for incoming calls is +1-801-534-4770. Media representatives unable to attend are encouraged to call in and arrange for telephone interviews.

* Contact Information for USGS Speakers:

USGS speakers will be on-site Tuesday, 18 October, only. On Tuesday, interested journalists may call the Newsroom telephone number above or call Carolyn Bell, USGS Public Affairs Specialist (cell: 703-472-3935) to arrange for interviews. Requests for interviews after Tuesday should be directed to Heidi Koontz, USGS Public Affairs Specialist, at 303-202-4763 (office) or 720-320-1246 (cell).

* Other Post-Meeting Contact Information

Mark A. Kulp University of New Orleans mkulp@uno.edu

Frank T. Manheim George Mason University fmanhei1@gmu.edu

Grant Heiden Freeland, WA eiken@whidbey.com

Beth McMillan University of Arkansas at Little Rock memcmillan@ualr.edu

III. Onsite Media Registration Information

Eligibility for media registration is as follows:Journalists and PIOs must pay for any short courses or field trips in which they wish to participate.

Representatives of the business side of news media, publishing houses, and for-profit corporations must register at the main registration desk and pay the appropriate fees.

Eligible media may register onsite at the GSA Newsroom. Contact Ann Cairns, GSA Director of Communications, for information and assistance (acairns@geosociety.org or +1-303-357-1056).

For additional information on the GSA Annual Meeting, visit http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2005/

Geological Society of America

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