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GLIN==> NOAA and Shedd Aquarium Host Great Lakes Day


Contact: Jana Goldman                                  

           (301) 734-1123                                

Sept. 5, 2007
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago are sponsoring an outdoor family day Saturday, Sept. 8 at the aquarium with the theme It's a Great Day in the Great Lakes.
This free event includes tours of the Laurentian, one of NOAA?s completely petroleum-free research vessels, along with the Discovery Tent, with numerous exhibits and activities for all ages. It will showcase topics such as weather, climate, fisheries, food webs, invasive species, satellites and more.
    NOAA is participating in this event as part of the agency?s year-long celebration to commemorate 200 years of science, service and stewardship to the nation.
?It all started in 1807 with President Thomas Jefferson?s vision to support his fledgling nation?s economy by ensuring safe maritime commerce.  He accomplished this by creating the Survey of the Coast, the first federal science agency and precursor to NOAA?s navigation services,? said Stephen B. Brandt, director of NOAA?s Great Lakes Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Mich. ?We take pride in our scientific heritage and I invite you attend this event to learn more about the wide range of research, services and products that NOAA provides to the Great Lakes.?
The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m. It will take place at the south side of the aquarium on 1200 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.
The Discovery Tent will showcase NOAA products and services available to the public in the Great Lakes region. Booths will also feature activities, free handout materials, and educational items. NOAA scientists and program managers will be available to answer questions.  
The Laurentian will be docked near the Shedd Aquarium all day and available for tours. This ?green? Great Lakes research vessel was one of the first in the federal fleet to run petroleum-free. NOAA vessels operate throughout the Great Lakes for ecosystem research and addressing other NOAA priorities in the region.
NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and information service delivery for transportation, and by providing environmental stewardship of our nation's coastal and marine resources. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners, more than 70 countries and the European Commission to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes, predicts, and protects.
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On the Web:
NOAA: http://www.noaa.gov/
NOAA 200th Celebration: http://celebrating200years.noaa.gov

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