Measure the current air temperature when an instrument shelter is not available. Current air temperature is measured using a thermometer held in the open air but in the shade for at least 3 minutes.
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.
Students use a digital multi-day maximum/minimum thermometer mounted in their instrument shelter to measure the maximum and minimum air and soil temperatures for up to six previous 24-hour periods.
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 will use four temperature probes and a data logger to measure air temperature and soil temperatures at depths of 5 cm, 10 cm, and 50 cm every 15 minutes.
Instructions for building an atmosphere instrument shelter.
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.
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.
Step-by-step instructions for collection data according to the protocols.
Setting up your Davis Station to GLOBE using weatherlink IP
Sheets to be filled out during data collection
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
Students construct simple thermometers to understand how and why liquid-in-glass thermometers work.
Students match GLOBE temperature data with its location given what they know about the relationship between latitude and seasonal temperature variations.
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
Through explorations of GLOBE temperature data from two nearby locations in Germany, students learn how temperature varies with altitude.
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 interpret a frequency distribution of GLOBE temperature data to decide whether statements about the weather are accurate, citing the parts of the graph they used as the basis of their decision.
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 explore how the placement and design of instrument shelters can influence temperature measurements taken from thermometers located inside them.
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.