Protocol Specific Documents


Atmospheric conditions can have an important impact on the types of plants and animals that can live in a particular area as well as soil formation. The atmospheric measurements collected by GLOBE students are important to scientists studying weather, climate, land cover, phenology, ecology, biology, hydrology and soil.

Students and scientists investigate the atmosphere through the collection of data using measurement protocols and using instruments that meet certain specifications in order to ensure that data are comparable. Learning activities aid in the understanding of important scientific concepts, the understanding of data and data collection methodologies. The investigation appendix contains data sheets for all atmosphere and climate protocols, cloud and contrail images and descriptions and a glossary of terms. Additionally, data sheets (from the Appendix) and field guides (from the individual protocols) are available individually.

The GLOBE Atmosphere Investigation is available in the six United Nations languages (select any of the following links to open the corresponding document): Arabic, Chinese (1997 edition), English, French, Portuguese (1997 edition), Russian (1997 edition), and Spanish.

General Atmosphere Documents

The GPS receiver will be used to determine the latitude, longitude and elevation of your school or of your GLOBE sites
A set of activities to introduce students to latitude, longitude, coordinates and relative and absolute directions. A GPS receiver is not needed.
Through a series of activities, students will learn that there are no right answers to some questions. A GPS receiver is optional