GLOBE Program History

Announced in 1994, GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) began operations on Earth Day 1995. Today, the international GLOBE network has grown to include representatives from over 110 participating countries coordinating GLOBE activities that are integrated into their local and regional communities.

Key dates in the history of The GLOBE Program

  • 1994: Earth Day, The GLOBE Program announced by the U.S. Government as a multi-agency effort
  • 1995: GLOBE launches on Earth Day; 33 countries joined the Program, 11 protocols in the Program
  • 1997: GLOBE Teacher Conference held in the U.S.
  • 1998: 1st GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) held in Finland
  • 2000: 2nd GLE held in the USA
  • 2003: 53 protocols across the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil (pedosphere)
  • 2003: 3rd GLE held in Croatia
  • 2003: NASA selected the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), to operate The GLOBE Program Office
  • 2005: Earth Day; GLOBE celebrates its 10th birthday with 15,000 schools in 106 countries
  • 2008: 4th GLE held in South Africa
  • 2009: 20 million data in the global database
  • 2011: Concept of Student Research Campaigns launched with the first topic on climate
  • 2014: 1st regional student aerosols research campaign led by Europe and Eurasia; Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) and Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP), student research campaigns with NASA launched
  • 2014: 5th GLE held in India
  • 2014: NASA selected the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) to operate The GLOBE Implementation Office
  • 2015: Earth Day, GLOBE celebrates its 20th birthday; GLOBE launches new data entry app for schools, an enhanced website, and an updated teacher's guide; 51 protocols in the Program; 128 million data entries in the international database
  • 2016: GLOBE provides online eTraining; hosts International Virtual Science Fair and six regional U.S. science fairs, and various student scientific campaigns 
  • 2017: Data reaches over 140 million measurements; International Virtual Science Symposium increases in the number of submitted projects and worldwide representation, and a new mosquito protocol
  • 2018: 6th GLE held in Ireland