Earth Observing System Education Project has joined an alliance of institutions and
agencies hoping to become leading providers of information about the coming 2003-06 Lewis
and Clark bicentennial.
The UM project members have signed a memorandum of
understanding to create a Lewis and Clark Data Consortium with the National Park
Services Midwest Regional Office, United States Geological Surveys
Mid-continent Mapping Center and the University of Idaho in Moscow.
Alex Philp, EOS Education Project assistant director, said the purpose of the
consortium is to create geographic information system data sets, multimedia, imagery and
more for study of Lewis and Clark. Information generated by the consortium will support a
variety of national public and private projects about the Corps of Discovery.
The group will support the study of the geographical, historical, cultural and
environmental change that has occurred since Lewis and Clarks epic trek. The EOS
Education Project will use spatial images gathered by NASAs recently launched Terra
satellite, a flagship of the space agencys Earth Observing System, to give an
in-depth analysis of this aspect of U.S. history.
Philp says joining the consortium should help his department in its efforts to educate
teachers and students about using advanced Earth science data.