Protocol

To determine the amount of moisture input to the local environment by measuring rain and snowfall and to measure the pH of precipitation.

Supporting Protocols

Protocols to help in completion of the main protocol
Students install soil moisture sensors and temperature probes and connect them to a Davis Soil Moisture and Temperature Station. Data are logged every 15 minutes and periodically students transfer these data to a computer and report them to GLOBE.
Students log atmosphere data using a Davis automated weather station. A weather station is setup to measure and record atmospheric measurements at 15 minute intervals. These measurements are transferred to your school's computer and then submitted to GLOBE via email data entry.
GLOBE schools participating in the Earth Networks Schools Program arrange for their data to be transferred automatically to GLOBE. A special GLOBE Atmosphere Study Site is defined for the school's Earth Networks weather station, and this activates an automatic transfer of their Earth Networks data to the GLOBE database.
Students log atmosphere data using a RainWise automated weather station. A weather station is setup to measure and record atmospheric measurements at 15 minute intervals. These measurements are transferred to your school's computer and then submitted to GLOBE via email data entry.
Instructions for making a snow board for measuring solid precipitation.
Students use an infrared thermometer (IRT) to measure the temperature of Earth's surface.
Students log atmosphere data using a WeatherHawk automated weather station. A weather station is setup to measure and record atmospheric measurements at 15 minute intervals. These measurements are transferred to your school's computer and then submitted to GLOBE via email data entry.

Field Guides

Step-by-step instructions for collection data according to the protocols.

Data Sheets

Sheets to be filled out during data collection

Learning Activities

Activities to help students learn more about the instruments and protocols
Students learn about the timing of spring budburst, develop multiple working hypotheses about why timing differs year to year, and test hypotheses using environmental data collected by GLOBE students in Alaska to come to a conclusion about the factors that most impact timing of budburst on paper birch trees. **This activity has an option to get students analyzing data in spreadsheets. The spreadsheet file (and answer key) can be found here: https://www.globe.gov/do-globe/globe-teachers-guide/atmosphere/data-exploration-learning-activities
Through explorations of GLOBE atmosphere data from Croatia, students will build understanding of two climate zones. **This activity has an option to get students analyzing data in spreadsheets. The spreadsheet file (and answer key) can be found here: https://www.globe.gov/do-globe/globe-teachers-guide/atmosphere/data-exploration-learning-activities
Students draw a visualization and learn about all the design choices involved and how these choices affect what is communicated by the visualization.
Students use GLOBE visualizations to display student data on maps and to learn about seasonal changes in regional and global temperature patterns.
Students measure temperature change in soil, water and air as they are exposed to the heating action of the sun.
Students use visualizations to explore the relation between elevation and temperature and begin learning how to make important patterns evident in visualizations.
Students learn how to construct, read, and analyze climographs and understand how climate differs from weather.
Students construct one or more contour maps using GLOBE data.
Students learn about the relationship between three infectious diseases and rainfall in the country of Benin.
Through explorations of GLOBE rain depth data from Africa, students learn about seasonal patterns in locations affected by monsoons. **This activity has an option to get students analyzing data in spreadsheets. The spreadsheet file (and answer key) can be found here: https://www.globe.gov/do-globe/globe-teachers-guide/atmosphere/data-exploration-learning-activities
Students build geography skills while learning how to find data using the GLOBE Data Visualization tool, sharing what they have learned in a tourism poster for a GLOBE school location.
Students use GLOBE data and graphing tools to compare the influence of latitude, elevation, and geography on seasonal patterns.