Thacher Environmental Research Contest

SEEK Updated
10/12/2015
Resource Types: 
Grant/Funding
Abstract: 

From the massive Gulf oil spill to the continued decline of Arctic sea ice, satellites and other observing instruments have proved crucial in monitoring the many environmental changes -- both natural and human-induced -- occurring on global, regional and local scales.

The Thacher Environmental Research Contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges high school students (grades 9-12) to conduct innovative research on our changing planet using the latest geospatial tools and data, which in recent years have become increasingly accessible to the public.

Eligible geospatial tools and data include satellite remote sensing, aerial photography, geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). The main focus of the project must be on the application of the geospatial tool(s) or data to study a problem related to Earth's environment.

Geospatial tools and data have numerous uses in science research, ranging from climate prediction to archaeology. They can be used to improve our understanding of Earth systems, including interactions within and among the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere. They also can be used to improve the quality of our lives by supporting weather prediction, natural hazards monitoring, agriculture, land-use planning, coastal management, transportation, public health, emergency response and other fields.

The Thacher Environmental Research Contest was founded in honor of former IGES board member Peter Thacher, who was a leader in promoting the use of satellite remote sensing. Thacher was former deputy executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, NASA advisor and, at the time of his death, president of the Earth Council Foundation/U.S.

Cash awards will be given to the top three projects: $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. Teachers of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place students/teams will receive a $200 Amazon.com gift card.

Entries due at the beginning of May.

For more information visit http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Attention: Thacher Contest
1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22209
703-312-0823
ThacherContest@strategies.org
http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/

Author: 
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Topic Areas: 
Research
Earth
Target Audience: 
Grades 7-9
Grades 10-12
Geographic Location: 
All Minnesota
Outside Minnesota
Fee: 
No
Library loan: 
No
Is training required?: 
No
Seasonal: 
No
Contact(s) or order information.: 

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Attention: Thacher Contest
1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22209
703-312-0823
ThacherContest@strategies.org
http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/thacher-contest/