15 June 2004
Earthwatch Institute looks for volunteer researchers to gather scientific data to determine the true effects of climate change on diverse ecosystems around the globe.
The expedition will be led by Canadian ecologist Dr. Peter Kershaw of the University of Alberta to the edge of the arctic in Churchill, Manitoba, where the world’s peatlands run in a broad strip around the globe.
Dr. Kershaw and his Earthwatch teams are monitoring the changes in carbon held by the peat permafrost ecosystems because what happens to the peat there may have huge consequences for the ecology of the entire planet.
Earthwatch Institute gives members of the public a chance to go into the field to actually help do something about the critical issues facing our planet. These projects examining the effects of climate change are only five of the over 140 expeditions being offered by Earthwatch in 2004.
Founded in 1971, Earthwatch Institute is an international nonprofit organization that engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. The organization has affiliate offices in Europe, Australia and Japan.
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