By Earth Sphere

Earth Sphere Communities


 

Earth is a complex, dynamic system we don't fully understand yet. Like the human body, the Earth is composed of diverse processes that intersect in complex ways. To completely grasp the impacts of any singular phenomena, we must study how that phenomena fits in with the rest of Earth's systems. This research is complicated by the fact that our planet is always changing, with the various cycles in one sphere influencing the outcomes in many others.

In order to paint a better picture of how the the Earth acts as a unified System, the GLOBE Program focuses on encouraging students to explore the Earth spheres on a global, regional, and local level. To facilitate this goal, we've created five Earth sphere communities where participants can engage with other community members, discover relevant campaigns, access a wealth of resources, and more. 

Explore more about what each community has to offer below:

 

Atmosphere

Atmosphere

Atmospheric conditions are important because they play a role in soil formation and influence the types of plants and wildlife that can survive in a particular area. Measuring these conditions is vital for scientists studying weather, climate, land cover, phenology, ecology, biology, hydrology, and soil.

Learn more about joining the Atmosphere community

Biosphere

Biosphere

All living things depend on the Biosphere for survival. Whether it's shelter, food, or protection, the type of land cover in a given habitat directly affects the kinds of animals that likely inhabit it. 

Learn more about joining the Biosphere community

Hydrosphere

Hydrosphere

Water is a crucial resource for life and a key player in many important chemical reactions. These reactions help shape the land and change the composition of water bodies, which in turn, affect the wildlife that live in those bodies. 

Learn more about joining the Hydrosphere community

Soil

Pedosphere (Soil)

The varying components found within soil can drastically alter its ability to retain water, house nutrients, and support life. Collecting data on an region's soil temperature, moisture, and chemical properties is critical to researchers across the scientific spectrum. From climatologists to anthropologists, studying the ground beneath our feet is an invaluable way to discover our changing world and even our own history.

Learn more about joining the Pedosphere (Soil) community

Earth as a System

Earth as a System

By studying the interactions of the spheres listed above, we can build an understanding of how the Earth functions as a system of various processes. Figuring out how each sphere intersects with one another allows us to make more accurate predictions within each individual sphere. 

Learn more about joining the Earth as a System community