Along with our current CloudSat and CALIPSO Missions, 2014 will be an exciting year for NASA Missions and GLOBE! Here are four opportunities to take part in GLOBE Campaigns related to NASA Missions: Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission (SMAP), Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM), CloudSat and CALIPSO.
The NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive or SMAP Mission is scheduled to launch in January 2015. Once in orbit and checked out, SMAP will provide measurements of soil moisture and freeze/thaw state. The SMAP Mission will produce daily maps of soil moisture with global coverage every three days.
The SMAP team is looking for GLOBE Program students to take measurements at their schools after the satellite mission is launched. Once the satellite is launched, it will be several months until the satellite sends soil moisture data back to Earth. Once satellite data are available, students will be able to compare these remotely sensed data to the actual soil moisture data that they collect at their school locations. Schools will be able to see how frequently their location will be viewed by SMAP within its 1000-km wide swath every 8 days (SMAP is in an exact 8-day repeat orbit). To see when the satellite will pass over/near your school, you can use this SMAP Orbit Overpass Calculator Tool.
You will have the chance to provide real science data that will help NASA scientists validate real SMAP satellite data. Those schools that participate frequently will interact with actual NASA scientists.
THE GLOBE COMMUNITY, THE SMAP TEAM AND NASA NEED YOUR DATA! YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THE SMAP-GLOBE PROGRAM PARTNERSHIP IS VITAL TO UNDERSTANDING OUR PLANET'S SOIL MOISTURE!
JOIN US TODAY! Get started HERE.
Clouds influence Earth's weather and climate. They bringing water from the air to the ground and from one region of the globe to another. Clouds also have a large impact on Earth's radiation budget; even small changes in cloud abundance or distribution could affect climate.
GLOBE students and teachers can collect and enter data that will be compared to CloudSat measurements. CloudSat, in turn, contributes Earth science learning opportunities to lifelong learners and shares the results of CloudSats scientific research mission to improve our understanding of clouds and global climate change.
CALIPSO, a joint mission between NASA and the French Space Agency, CNES, provides new insight into the role that clouds and atmospheric aerosols (airborne particulates) play in regulating Earth's weather, climate, and air quality.
CALIPSO combines an active lidar instrument with passive infrared and visible imagers to probe the vertical structure and properties of thin clouds and aerosols over the globe.