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Ever wonder what it might be like to work for NASA? This year at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Meeting (kind of like a huge IVSS as it is virtual this year), NASA shared a wealth of resources to help anyone interested in working with or for NASA to "find their place"! Take a look at this site and explore the myriad of amazing opportunities and programs that exist for a wide variety of different audiences. These programs range from research and learning opportunities to  being engaged by being a part of The GLOBE Program! So check out the "Find Your Place" website here...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology STEM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Field Campaigns: FLEXE SCRC SCUBAnauts Seasons and Biomes Watersheds Carbon Cycle GGIC SCRC - Phase 1 SCRC - Phase 2 SMAP El Niño Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change Data Included General Science General Science @es Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group DEI Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Earth as a System Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil News Topics: Meetings SCRC Research Training Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: Standard Research Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Investigation Area Documents

The newest satellite to monitor global sea level is ready for its journey into space. Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the latest in a series of spacecraft designed to monitor the global ocean, is scheduled to launch on Saturday, Nov. 21. Will you be watching?  Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the latest in a series of spacecraft designed to monitor our oceans, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The satellite will be followed in 2025 by its twin, Sentinel-6B. Together, the pair is tasked with extending our nearly...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Technology STEM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes Watersheds El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change Data Included General Science Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group DEI Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Water Vapor Earth As a System Atmosphere » Precipitation Hydrosphere » Water Temperature Biosphere » Green-Up / Green-Down Biosphere » Land Cover Classification Learning Activities: Earth as a System » S2: What Are Some Factors That Affect Seasonal Patterns? Earth as a System » S4: Modeling the Reasons for Seasonal Change Earth as a System » S5: Seasonal Change on Land and Water Earth as a System » LC2: Representing the study site in a diagram Earth as a System » LC3: Using graphs to show connections Earth as a System » We're All Connected: Earth System Interactions Earth as a System » S3: How Do Seasonal Temp Patterns Vary Among Different World Regions? Hydrology » Water Walk Hydrology » Model a Catchment Basin Hydrology » Practicing Your Protocols Hydrology » Water Detectives Hydrology » Model Your Water Balance Hydrology » Measure Up Hydrology » Water Wonders Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: Standard Research Report U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report Mission Mosquito Report

Did you know that very soon, a new Earth-observing satellite will join the fleet of satellites that are monitoring the health of our home planet? The launch of the joint U.S.- European Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is set for November 10! Right now it is undergoing final testing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and will be sent aloft on a Falcon 9 rocket. Once it is in orbit, about 1,336 km/830 miles above Earth's surface, its task will be to collect sea level measurements with an accuracy of a few centimeters (for a single measurement) for more than 90%...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System News Topics: Calendar Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Trainers Country Coordinators Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report

Did you know that NASA satellite data is being used to predict,monitor, and respond to vector-borne and water-related disease around the world? Imagine the value of using both GLOBE ground-based data; such as precipitation, vegetation, soil moisture, surface temperature, and humidity; to help us better understand disease! As you think about what you might like to research for the next school year, consider using NASA satellite data along with your GLOBE data to investigate various aspects of water-related and vector-borne disease. You can learn about the research conducted by...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: GLOBE Learning Expeditions Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Webinars Workshops Competitions Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GGIC SMAP GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Meetings/Conferences Scientist Skills Earth as a System GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs SCRC Research Community Letters Competitions Meetings Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Standard Research Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

I bet you would be surprised to learn that since we began to collect "Mosquito Habitat Mapper" data (5/29/2017), we have had over 20,915 observations submitted! Think about how significant that number is for a tool that has only been available for less than three years!  As many of us who live in the northern hemisphere begin to see signs of spring arriving- robins, crocuses, leaf buds on the trees, and warmer weather- we know that we will also see adult mosquitoes before too long. While there are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes, only about 100 of those species are actually dangerous...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Meetings Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Land Cover/Biology Atmosphere and Climate Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs Regions SCRC Research Meetings Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

Did you know that the mosquito is the world's most dangerous animal? What could be a better topic for students to research than this common insect that can cause so much damage?  We are looking for teachers and students who are interested in using the GLOBE Mosquito Habitat Mapper as a part of their IVSS science project investigation. You do not need to have active mosquitoes to do this research. There are so many ways that this can be done!  Students can collect data using the Mosquito Habitat Mapper and find out:  - Where in their community they find potential...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Competitions Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño SMAP GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Meetings/Conferences Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Regions SCRC Research Competitions Meetings Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Standard Research Report Mission Mosquito Report

  Water- the world's most precious resource. All around the world, NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission is collected data on how much precipitation is falling to Earth. NASA has just released its newest and most comprehensive estimate of rain and snow covering nearly 20 years. Version 6 of NASA's IMERG -- the Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) -- combines information from a constellation of satellites are operating in Earth orbit, at a given time, to estimate precipitation over the majority of the Earth's surface. This...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Assessment and Evaluation Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Technology Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair SCRC Research Competitions Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report Mission Mosquito Report Standard Research Report

The GLOBE Mission Mosquito campaign was delighted to have 23 IVSS projects submitted that used the Mosquito Habitat Mapper tool in their research. These projects came from students in elementary school through graduate students in college and were submitted from 15 different countries.  You can view an interactive map of these projects here.  During the GLOBE Mission Mosquito Education webinar, we invited three of these students and their teachers to share their projects and some "Best Practices" with us. You can view the archived webinar here. Ines...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño SMAP GPM GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Technology Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Regions Calendar SCRC Research Competitions Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Standard Research Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Standards Requirement Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Time Requirement Language Investigation Area Documents

GLOBE teacher Vicky Gorman and her middle school students have been working hard to help reduce the threat of mosquito-transmitted disease in their region. Before they began to use the Mosquito Habitat Mapper, they did some research to find out which mosquito-transmitted diseases are found in their location. They live in Burlington County, New Jersey, outlined in red below.  Based on a brochure produced by the NJ government about mosquitoes in their state, the students found out that the two most prevalent diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are West Nile virus and Eastern Equine...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Workshops Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño Surface Temperature GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Meetings/Conferences Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair SCRC Research Competitions Meetings Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report Standard Research Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

  Patchara Pongmanawut, a GLOBE teacher at the Princess Chulabhorn Science High School in the Trang Province in Thailand, has been doing fantastic work with her students.  These students have been at the top of the Mosquito Habitat Mapper Honor Roll for the past month, and show no sign of slowing down!     "In Thailand, there are many mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile fever, St. Louis encephalitis, filariasis and Zika", Pongmanawut says. This has really inspired her and her students to go out...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Other Science Symposia and Fairs Competitions Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño SMAP Surface Temperature GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Backyard Science Meetings/Conferences Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Technology Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair SCRC Research Competitions Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: International Virtual Science Symposium Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

This month, the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team is shining our "Spotlight" on the work that Diouf Birane and his students are doing in Senegal.   Birane Diouf and his students at the Lycee Seydina Limamoulaye are proud members of GLOBE’s “Zika Education and Prevention Project.”  In some areas in West Africa, certain insects carry and spread diseases like African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), chikungunya, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, onchocerciasis, Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus, yellow fever and Zika...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño SMAP GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere News Topics: Virtual Science Fair SCRC Research Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Mission Mosquito Report

It is the middle of winter here in Maryland, and it is cold!  We had a lot of snow last week, and are expecting more precipitation later this week.  Even though I know we have no active mosquitoes outside, I am still using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper.  If you are also living somewhere where mosquitoes aren't currently active, we hope you will consider collecting data as well, so you will be prepared when active mosquito season arrives.   Wondering what kind of data you can collect when there are no active mosquitoes?  Great question!  There...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño SMAP Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

I just updated HoloGLOBE to v1.0.2. For those of you new to this app, HoloGLOBE brings NASA and NOAA visualizations of the Earth to the palm of your hand through augmented reality (AR). You can read more about the app here: http://www.palmyracove.org/InstituteforEarthObservations/HoloGLOBE.aspx In this latest release, I have added play/pause functionality to the MyNASAData module. The MyNASAData is essentially an augmented reality version of GLOBE's Earth System Poster. In addition the new ICESat-2 module has been added. The ICESat-2 module was built by Emme Wiederhold, a student at...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Assessment and Evaluation Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Other Science Symposia and Fairs Meetings Workshops Competitions Field Campaigns: SCRC - Phase 2 SCRC FLEXE Carbon Cycle Watersheds Seasons and Biomes SCUBAnauts El Niño GGIC SCRC - Phase 1 SMAP Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Meetings/Conferences Climate Scientist Skills Earth as a System GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs Regions Calendar SCRC Research Training Competitions Meetings Video Web Maintenance / Enhancements Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Time Requirement Language Standards Requirement Investigation Area Documents

As spring begins here in the northern hemisphere, we often see seasonal changes in our precipitation patterns. As most of you know, heavy rains can result in the mass movement of land- known as "landslides".  These natural hazards occur all over the world, and often result in destruction of property and even death. Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are in the process of building an open worldwide database for landslide research- and we need you to help us out! Learn about the "Landslide Reporter" citizen science program in this blog.  Learn more about NASA's...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Other Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Training Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Teachers Trainers Students Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

Water- essential to life and capable also of causing so many natural disasters.. The ENSO Phase III "Water in our Environment" field campaign will be hosting a webinar this Thursday at 18:00 UTC/1 pm EST which will focus on "Connection and Communication" as we listen to students from Texas and Nigeria share ways they use The GLOBE Program protocols to learn about water in their environment. Feel free to join us as your schedule permits- this will be a great webinar to share with your students! 


Posted in: Curriculum: Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Data Included Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Calendar SCRC Research Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Students Teachers Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

The ENSO Phase III Field Measurement Campaign is focusing on “Water in Our Environment” during the 2017-2018 school year. Each month we have a webinar using Zoom, and we like to spotlight a different region each time. Our Feb. 8th spotlight will shine on the Near East and Africa. On February 8th, we would like to shine this spotlight on the wonderful GLOBE scientists, teachers, and students from all 13 GLOBE countries in this region. We would therefore like to reach out and invite anyone within the GLOBE Program to consider participating in this webinar. Everyone is invited to participate...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Technology Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Meetings Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students

Beste mensen, Het effect van de uitzonderlijk zachte winter op de natuur is ook bij de media niet onopgemerkt gebleven. In de uitzending van het KRO programma Brandpunt op zondag 16 maart komt het onderwerp aan bod. Zie http://gemi.st/KN_1656575. Het item begint op 23:20. Verder zat ik op zondag 9 maart in het programma Jinek op Zondag. Dit is terug te zien op http://gemi.st/KN_1656819. Tenslotte zat ik op woensdag 19 maart in het EO-programma 'Melk en Honing'. De uitzending is terug te bekijken op http://gemi.st/EO_101212300 . Vriendelijke groeten, Arnold


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Learning Activities: Land Cover/Biology Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/10/05/xpedition-review-reflections-back-and-looking-ahead/ To say that the journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro was a success would not do justice to the wonderful personal and scientific experiences the team had.  From taking the first steps toward the summit on Sunday 23 September to summiting the following week and boarding flights to return home, each team member gained something that will stay with them forever. Collecting data in the rainforest Collecting hydrology...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Climate

Blog originally posted on the GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/10/04/xpedition-day-ten-mweka-camp-to-park-gate/ Monday, 1 October was the final day of The Xpedition. After an exciting summit day, the team continues on their descent and is picked up to head back to Arusha, where they will enjoy a well-deserved meal. Unloading the equipment after a successful trip  Throughout the entire journey, the team relied on the use of porters, who are local Tanzanians who carry equipment up the mountain. These porters are essential to a successful...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Climate

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/10/03/xpedition-day-nine-special-crater-camp-to-summit-to-mweka-camp/ On Sunday, 30 September, the team made it to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The summit sits at 5,895 m (19,340 ft) above sea level. What a fantastic accomplishment for the team!   Team at the summit Hiking on a glacier near the summit After the team spendt time celebrating their success, they began their descent, stopping at 3,200 m (10,498 ft) at Mweka Camp. To celebrate the summit, the bloggers were...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Climate

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/10/01/xpedition-day-eight-kosovo-camp-to-special-crater-camp/ As you may have noticed, the Scientist Blog was quiet for the past two days.  As is to be expected, things can change rapidly on the mountain and the ability for the team to send us their daily blogs was interrupted.  The team safely continued on their journey, and have sent us their blogs. Day Eight was Saturday, 29 September.  The team journeyed from 4,877 m (16,000 ft) to 5,608 m (18,399 ft).  This portion of...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Climate

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/09/28/xpedition-day-seven-karanga-camp-to-kossovo-camp/ Today the team continues on their journey to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro by traveling from the Karanga Camp, situated at 3,962 m (12,998 ft), to the Kossovo Camp at 4,877 m (16,000 ft). This leg of the journey takes the team back to the alpine desert biome. Part of the team stops for a photo While this biome is found on Mt. Kilimanjaro, it is also found in many other mountain ranges, including but not limited to the Rocky...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Climate

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/09/27/xpedition-day-six-lava-tower-to-karanga-camp/ A morning at camp  The team is now over halfway done with their trek to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.  The journey began on Sunday 23 September as the team left Basecamp and hiked to Forest Camp.  You can read all about their journey starting here. A view of Mt. Kilimanjaro from the trail  Today’s part of the trek up Kilimanjaro takes the team back down in elevation, from 4,632 m to 3,962...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Climate

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/09/26/xpedition-day-five-moir-hut-to-lava-tower/ Today marks another transition between biomes – from heath zone to alpine desert.  An alpine desert is a harsh, dry, windy region that consists of mostly bare rock and ice.  Temperatures during the day can soar to 38°C, while at night can be below freezing.  The air is very thin, which results in labored breathing as well as more intense solar radiation.  The Lava Tower camp sits at approximately 5,029 m (16,499 ft). ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Climate

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/09/25/xpedition-day-four-shira-1-camp-to-moir-hut/ Today the team will hike from Shira 1 Camp to Moir Hut (Shira 2 Camp on the map below).  This part of the journey will take the team further into the heath zone.  As discussed yesterday, the heath zone is a zone of sparse vegetation due to lower rainfall amounts.   The route the team is taking: the western approach route The team stops for a discussion about soils Today’s question focuses on the protocols that...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Climate

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/09/24/xpedition-day-three-forest-camp-to-shira-1-camp/ Today the team heads from 2,438 m to 3,505 m above sea level.  This portion of the journey will take the team from rain forest to heath zone.  A rain forest is characterized by high rainfall, with annual totals ranging from 1750-2000 mm (68-78 in).  A heath zone is above the forest line, where porous soils and lower rainfall result in sparser vegetation. Leaving the rain forest heading to the heath zone ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Climate

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/09/23/xpedition-day-two-basecamp-to-forest-camp/ Packed and ready for the journey   Today, Sunday, 23 September, the team packs up the vehicles and heads off on their journey.  Their itinerary for the day includes a few hours’ drive from basecamp followed by a 3 hour hike to Forest Camp, located at 2,438 m above sea level. Taking a quick break on the hike   The bloggers were asked the following question as they set off on their journey:  Did you do...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change

Blog originally posted on the GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2012/09/19/students-teachers-and-scientists-explore-mt-kilimanjaro-through-globe-protocols-and-blogs/ Beginning on 23 September, five GLOBE students, teachers and scientists and one GLOBE alum will join commence on a journey through the biomes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Known as, “the Xpedidion,” the 2012 trek marks the fifth year of this exciting journey. This year will be bigger than ever as a documentary film crew will join us. In addition, we will be sharing images via social media...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Climate Climate Change