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09/06/02

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Mary Tobin
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World-Renowned Earth Sciences Research Institution Invites the Public Behind the Scenes

The 2002 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House Explores Indicators of an El Niño and its Global Influence on Weather and Society

On Saturday, October 5, the public is invited to explore the work of 200 Columbia earth scientists and researchers working to understand earthquakes, climate, oceans, arctic volcanoes, and other mysteries of the Earth. Columbia researchers have forecasted with a high degree of certainty that an El Niño will occur this season. This year's Open House examines the science and consequences behind this powerful phenomenon, from predicting to preparing. In addition, visitors can explore exhibits on dinosaurs, volcanoes, Hudson River research, wild species in urban environments, and other ongoing Columbia University research projects.

Open House at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is a science exposition, featuring state-of-the-art technology as well as the latest scientific advances. In a tranquil estate setting, a trip to the fair offers an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and to explore cutting-edge discoveries in the earth sciences. Demonstrations, exhibits, interactive programs, and lectures are designed for viewers of all ages, and many of the laboratories will be open.

WHAT: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House 2002

THEME: El Niño: Predicting and Preparing

WHEN: Saturday, October 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is located on the Hudson River at 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY (exit 4 on the Palisades Parkway). Free parking and shuttle service is available at the IBM Conference Center, one mile north on 9W.

PUBLIC: For more information, the public should call 845-359-2900

INFO: http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/OH2002/

Founded in 1949, the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is among the world's leading research centers examining the planet from its core to its atmosphere, across every continent and every ocean. Observatory scientists work to provide the basic knowledge of Earth systems that must inform the difficult decisions that will determine the future health and habitability of our planet.

For more information, visit www.ldeo.columbia.edu