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SCIENTISTS EXPLORE TROPICAL RAINFORESTS
NASA-funded scientists and others from around the world are gathering in Brazil at an international conference to discuss research and discoveries of how the Amazon ecosystem works.

The 2nd International Large Scale Biosphere Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) Scientific Conference, is being held in Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil from July 7 th through the 10th. The LBA experiment is an international research initiative led by Brazil.

Scientists from around the world have been studying how changes in land use and climate in the tropical rainforests and other areas of the Amazon will affect the biological, chemical and physical functioning of the region, including its sustainability and its influence over the global climate.

"The LBA project is studying rainforests and their surrounding ecosystems such as those in Brazil because they have long been considered important to the world?s carbon balance," said Michael Keller of the University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, the LBA project lead.

For reporters interested in attending the conference, it will take place at the Centro de Conven??es Studio 5, Distrito Industrial ? Manaus, Avenida Rodrigo Ot?vio, 3555, Brazil. The press room is # 7.

Journalists should register for the conference on line at: http://lba.cptec.inpe.br/lba-conf-manaus02-en/

On the registration form, any media attending should indicate they are journalists and no fees will be charged. Registration is needed for a badge and comprehensive material.

Contact

Robert Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
(Phone: 301-286-4044)
Rgutro@pop900.gsfc.nasa.gov

Amy Seif
University of New Hampshire
(Phone: 603-862-5369)
Amy.seif@unh.edu

Additional information available at:http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/topstory/20020708carbamazon.html