GLOBE Community: Join the First Lake Victoria Learning Expedition in Africa this September (18-24)!


Map of Lake Victoria, Africa

The GLOBE Program, YLACES (Youth Learning As Citizen Environmental Scientists), GLOBE Africa Regional Coordinating Office (RCO), and GLOBE Kenya invite you to attend the first Lake Victorial Learning Expedition. The event will take place from 18 September through 24 September 2016.

Lake Victoria is Africa's largest lake, by area, covering more than 68,800 square kilometers. It is the second largest fresh water lake in the world, by surface area, after Lake Superior in North America. Lake Victoria is the lifeblood for the people of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda who rely on its waters for its huge fishing industry. But water pollution, over fishing and ecological destruction (through invasive species) have many worried about its future. GLOBE students and other citizen scientists in the region will be able to contribute scientifically through data collection and research on the Lake, which is sure to evolve during the course of the expeditions in years to come.

The GLOBE Africa RCO will train, equip, support, and evaluate schools on the shores of Lake Victoria in water monitoring and will engage schools around the world in learning about the lake and in comparing measurements with data from other lakes.

Community Members at Work at Lake Victoria

In terms of location, participants will travel around Kenya en route to Homa Bay, Kenya, including: Hell Gate, Lake Naivasha, Kericho, and the Maasai Mara Game Park. Participants will conduct GLOBE protocols (hydrology, atmosphere, among others), GLOBE teacher trainings, and school visits.

For more information, please contact Mark Brettenny (mark@globe-africa.org) or Kristin Wegner (kwegner@ucar.edu). 

Put your knowledge and wisdom to work! Join the Lake Victoria Learning Expedition today!



News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office


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