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Gretchen Cook-Anderson/Etta Pagani
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-0836/1034)

Herma Percy-McDaniel
GLOBE Program, Washington
(Phone: 202/501-5069)

June 24, 2003
RELEASE : 03-211
GLOBE Expedition Sets Sail To Inspire Next Generation Of Explorers
Students from around the world will present their research findings at the GLOBE Learning Expedition in Sibenik, Croatia, from June 29 through July 4, 2003. The Expedition is partially funded by NASA.

The international conference is a forum for student teams to present the results of Earth science research projects about atmosphere, climate, hydrology, soil, land cover/biology, and phenology. The Expedition also gives students an opportunity to experience and take measurements in a new environment, meet other international participants, learn from each other and GLOBE scientists.

Features of the conference include plenary and parallel sessions of student research presentations that showcase their use of Earth Science data. In addition, students will have a day of fieldwork with scientists at Krka National Park and on the island of Obonjan. An exhibit hall will showcase displays from countries and schools worldwide.

Participants include approximately 400 students and teachers from 23 countries. The United States held a Student Investigation Reports Competition and selected 14 student reports to represent America at the Expedition. Student papers cover a range of scientific measurements and represent the diverse regions and communities of the United States.

The Expedition is co-sponsored by the Croatian Ministry of Education and Sports and the GLOBE Program. The GLOBE Program, an international Earth science research and hands-on education program, has reached more than one million primary and secondary school students, in more than 13,000 schools, in more than 100 countries.

NASA's Earth Science Enterprise is dedicated to understanding the Earth as an integrated system and applying Earth System Science to improve prediction of climate, weather, and natural hazards using the unique vantage point of space.

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