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Satellite Phone Press Conference with U.S. and Canadian Scientists at Sea in the Arctic Ocean to Discuss Extended Continental Shelf Mapping Mission


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Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 9, 2009

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U.S. and Canadian scientists at sea on a joint Extended Continental Shelf survey in the Arctic Ocean and officials on shore will hold a satellite press teleconference on September 10, 2009, at
1 p.m. EDT to discuss their findings during a 41-day mission in the Arctic Ocean. U.S. officials participating in the press conference from shore include Ambassador David Balton and U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Task Force Chair Maggie Hayes, both from the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, while those calling in from sea include Co-Chief Scientists Dr. Larry Mayer, Director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and Co-Director of the Joint Hydrographic Center; Captain Andy Armstrong from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Co-Director of the Joint Hydrographic Center; and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy Captain Frederick J. Sommer. Canadian officials participating in the press conference from shore include Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt and Natural Resources Canada Program Director Dr. Jacob Verhoef, while those calling in from sea include Canadian Chief Scientist Dr. David Mosher and Capt. Marc Rothwell of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent.

Christine Hedge, a teacher from Indiana onboard the U.S. CGC Healy also will participate as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Teacher at Sea Program.

Scientists onboard the U.S. CGC Healy have been collaborating with their Canadian counterparts aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent since August 7 as part of a joint effort to delimit the outer edge of the North American continental shelf (beyond 200 miles from shore) in the Arctic Ocean. The joint 2009 Continental Shelf Survey mission initially intended to gather data in the region north of Alaska onto Alpha-Mendeleev Ridge and eastwards toward the Canada Archipelago, but surpassed its mapping goals by surveying 250 kilometers farther north than expected.

The joint U.S.-Canada Extended Continental Shelf survey will conclude its 2009 Arctic mission on September 16. This is the second year the two nations have worked together and plans for 2010 include another joint mission. Additional information on the Extended Continental Shelf Project as well as blogs from the crew during the mission is available at: continentalshelf.gov and international.gc.ca/continental/

To participate in the press teleconference, call: 1-888-265-0464 (if calling from North America) or 1-613-954-4096 (for international and Ottawa callers). Conference ID #: 29297232.

NOTE: For those aboard the ships, participation in conference call depends on the availability of reliable satellite communications.



PRN: 2009/888



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