SOURCE: OhioView

December 18, 2008 16:18 ET

Local Students Join Worldwide Research Project to Study Earth's Climate

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - December 18, 2008) - Students in Ohio are participating in a worldwide research project that will focus on the effects that snow and ice have on the Earth's temperature.

December 1-19 students and teachers from 38 Ohio schools will be taking measurements of the Earth's surface temperature, snow depth and cloud type and coverage to help scientists understand how humans are affecting the Earth's climate.

Studying the Earth's surface temperature is vital to comprehending if an altered landscape, with such variables as the construction of new buildings, roads or parking lots, warms the planet and inherently changes the environment.

The GLOBE Surface Temperature Research Project involves thousands of students and teachers from Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Alaska -- in addition to Estonia, Poland, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago.

The project is led by the University of Toledo and grassroots satellite technology education organization, OhioView. It is funded by the Ohio Board of Regents, NASA, and part of the SATELLITES (Students and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth from Space) program.

About GLOBE

The GLOBE Surface Temperature Research Project is an international, hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education program to study the Earth's surface temperature and how humans are affecting Earth's climate. Started in1995 as a joint educational program between NASA, NOAA and NSF the program is now in 111 countries around the world with the participation of 20,000 teachers. For more information visit www.globe.gov.

About SATELLITES

The SATELLITES (Students and Teachers Exploring Local Landscapes to Interpret the Earth from Space) program instructs teachers how to apply remote sensing technology and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to the study of such subjects as weather and climate. For more information visit http://remotesensing.utoledo.edu/edu/SATEL.html.

About OhioView

OhioView is a grassroots organization founded in 1996 dedicated to publicizing remote sensing technology to potential users and to create awareness about the uses of satellite imagery. The consortium is made up of 12 member universities, supporting state and federal agencies and not-for-profit organizations.

Editor's Note:

Participating schools include:

Cleveland/Akron/Northeast Ohio

-- Barberton High        -- John Marshall High   -- South Suburban
   School                   School                  Montessori School
-- Birchwood School      -- Orroville High       -- Sunbeam Junior High
-- Boy's Village School     School                  School
-- Dalton High School    -- Padua Franciscan     -- Warrensville Heights
-- Glenville High           High School             High School
   School                -- Roswell Kent Middle  -- Waterloo High School
-- Gross Schechter Day      School, Akron
   School                -- Shore Junior High
                            School


Toledo/Northwest Ohio

-- Anna Elementary       -- Gateway Middle       -- Penta Career Center
-- Bellefontaine High    -- Keyser Elementary    -- Rossford Junior High
   School                -- Maumee High School   -- St. Joseph School
-- Blessed Sacrament     -- Nardonia Middle      -- The Bryan Center
   School                   School               -- The Maritime Academy
-- Bowsher High School   -- Notre Dame Academy      of Toledo
-- Central Catholic      -- Old Fort
-- Elgin Junior High


Central Ohio

-- Canaan Middle School  -- Linworth Alternative -- Russia Local School
-- Lebanon High School       Program             -- Shanahan Middle School
                         -- Madeira Middle
                            School

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