[Coral-List] Coral-List Digest, Vol 16, Issue 21 Coral Diving Award (Jim Hendee)

Sherry Frazier p.eques at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 24 14:44:03 EST 2009

I have been reading the posts about the Diving Award- So is it an award for exactly what?....or is it for the longest dive log? .....or like a world record? its difficult to tell what direction this is going-  I vote for me- Sherry Frazier, Tx A&M graduate and AAUS scientific diver, with many specialty certifications- I have actually not made a dent in the scientific world (yet!)- but hold great potential and have overcome great odds to attain these credentials- accomplishing this late-in-life (48 yr old) education and dive certifications while being a single mom of 4 relying on scholarships and grants, and taking care of aging parents- and there is no one more passionate about diving dedicated to conservation, preservation, and restoration of marine life. So maybe not a candidate for an award (although I feel like a winner)- at the very least a good story.

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   1. Re: The essential guide to Copenhagen (anne sheppard)
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Message: 1
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 21:34:58 +0000
From: anne sheppard <a.sheppard at hotmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] The essential guide to Copenhagen
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Dear Coral Listers
For some reason I can't fathom, the link to 'the essential guide to Copenhagen' that I posted earlier does not seem to work.If you go to youtube and search for Dr Seuss COP15 you will get it (the now show link).I was going to say it is not actually a serious report, but in a way it really is!  It is a satirical poem, probably very accurate but also very funny (I think so anyway!).best wishesAnne

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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 06:51:37 -0500
From: Jim Hendee <jim.hendee at noaa.gov>
Subject: [Coral-List] From Dr Goreau at Copenhagen
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Greetings...I originally rejected the post below because the Subject
line was not descriptive as to content, and because Dr. Goreau was not
the author of the post.  I got responses from both colleagues, which I
gather were complaints since the Subject heading was "Bah Humbug" (my
apologies if I'm wrong).  Thus, because it's Christmas and I don't want
to be Scrooge (maybe I'm too late), I'm reversing that decision,
herewith, including the original Subject heading.  Dr. Goreau, as usual,
has some exceptional points.

Aside to the attached message content:  Whether or not Dr. Goreau has
"dived longer and in more places than any coral scientist" is an
interesting question which would be illuminating to determine.  Whoever
the King or Queen of Coral Diving is, that person should get an award at
the 12th ICRS.  I know people in NOAA, FWS and Australia who would
likely be good contenders.  Anybody keeping hours and dive sites for the
archives?   The name for the award should be an interesting one!  Maybe
the Go Soak Your Head award?


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From: "James Cervino PhD." <jcervino at whoi.edu <mailto:jcervino at whoi..edu>>
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Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 15:57:55 -0500
Subject: From Dr Goreau at Copenhagen
Dear Listers, I thought some of you may find this holds truth!

December 18 2009
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Conference of Parties 15
Copenhagen, Denmark


Any agreement that might be reached in Copenhagen today will condemn coral
reefs, low lying island nations, and all low lying coastlines to extinction,
because none of the targets being discussed here are adequate to protect

All targets proposed are based on models that intrinsically miss more
than 90%
of the long term climate response to CO2 that are shown in the real climate
data. The sensitivity of global sea level and temperature to CO2 shown
in the
climate record are many times greater than IPCC models suggest. IPCC
projections only show the first small initial fraction of the long-term
climatic response. The heat is now building up in the deep sea, and only
the deep ocean and ice caps warm up will we feel the full effect of warming...
This takes thousands of years.

Coral reefs can take no further warming. We have already lost most of the
corals in the world to heat stroke, and it is only a question of when
the next
record hot year will happen for us to lose most of what is left.
speaking, that will happen in 2010. Therefore proposed targets to let
temperature rise by 1.5 or 2 degrees are a death sentence for coral
reefs and
the marine biodiversity, fisheries, sand supplies, tourism, and shore
protection of over 100 countries.

Low lying islands and low lying coastal areas, where billions of people
can?t take further sea level rise. The long-term equilibrium sea level for
TODAY?S atmospheric CO2 concentration is 23 metres (75 feet) above today?s
level. The equilibrium sea level for only 280 ppm of CO2 is 7 metres (23
above today?s level. That is the level shown by the flashing red lights
on the
light poles outside the Bella Center, or around the height of the ceiling of
the first floor. At that time Copenhagen was submerged, and crocodiles and
hippopotamuses roamed the tropical swamps of London, England. The safe
level of
CO2 to avert this inevitable ultimate consequence is about 260 ppm.
proposed targets of 350 or 450 ppm amount to a suicide pact for low lying
island nations, and billions of people who live near low lying coasts..

Not only are the world?s policy makers failing to grasp the magnitude
of the
crisis future generations face, and irresponsibly failing to act in
time, they
are also ignoring known solutions. These are proven and available now,
but we
are just not using them because policy makers and funding agencies are not
using new technologies to adapt to climate change and to reverse CO2
and global warming. The United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development
Small Island Developing States Partnership In New Sustainable
Technologies has
issued a 40 chapter multimedia DVD at COP-15 showing cost-effective
that could be rapidly implemented to prevent the looming disaster, if there
were policies and funding to promote effective action. Many of these new
technologies have already been implemented in SIDS on pilot scales, so
this is
not a technology transfer issue but one of endogenous capacity development.

The world?s leaders have known for more than two years exactly when
their final
exam was scheduled, but they refused to study for it. Now that they have
the exam, they are basically claiming the dog ate the assignment. Our
people need much higher seriousness, less talk, and immediate action.

For more information contact Dr. Thomas Goreau at goreau at bestweb.net
<mailto:goreau at bestweb.net>

Dr. Goreau is President of the Global Coral Reef Alliance and founder and
Coordinator of the UNCSD SIDS Partnership In New Sustainable
Technologies.. He
was previously Senior Scientific Affairs Officer for global climate
change and
Biodiversity at the United Nations Centre for Science and Technology for
Development. Educated in Jamaican schools, he holds degrees in atmospheric
physics, astronomy, chemistry, and microbiology from MIT, Caltech, and
He developed the HotSpot method to accurately predict the location,
timing, and
intensity of coral bleaching from satellite data, and made the first
measurements of the effects of Amazon deforestation on greenhouse gas
emissions. He has dived longer and in more places than any coral scientist.

Dr. James M. Cervino
Pace University &
Visiting Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst.
NYC Address: 9-22 119st
College Point NY NY 11356
Cell: 917-620*5287


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Date: Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:44:04 -0500
From: Jim Hendee <jim.hendee at noaa.gov>
Subject: [Coral-List] Coral Diving Award
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Greeting again...

    As the subject of a good story and for purposes of a follow-up
award, Dave Fuzzo has asked if he could query Coral-List subscribers to
determine who has dived longer and in more places than any coral
scientist.  He will follow-up in January, but for the time being, I
guess some of the qualifiers we can think of are:

    * Does "any coral scientist" include deceased divers?  Like, does
      Jacques Cousteau pass muster? 
    * Which leads to the next question:  How do we define "scientist?" 
      Peer-reviewed publications?  What about those folks who dive
      thousands of hours on, say, the GBR for the benefit of the
      science, but themselves don't publish?  I know guys who dive every
      single week of the year, and they have an education in marine
      biology or oceanography, but they don't publish.
    * When considering places dived, does that include repeat dives, or
      unique sites, and if so, what about spatial separation of said
      sites?  (Like, does a dive 100 m down the beach count?)
    * What constitutes the proof for purposes of the Award?  Logged
      dives in an official log for, say, PADI?
    * Should there be an official end date for the tally (say, June, 2010)?
    * What should the name of the Award be?

    Whoever "wins" almost doesn't matter, because the stories that will
come out of this would be accounts of some great adventures and some
nice chronicles in coral reef research.  The top head-soakers, whoever
they may be, certainly deserve recognition, that's for sure, and I hope
they get international recognition beyond what they might already have. 
After all, it's a significant risk with every dive, as TG could
certainly attest.

    Just some thoughts for the coming weeks...



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