Relationships Between Surface and Near Surface Temperatures Based on Multiple Ground-Level Parameters During Michigan Winters

Organization(s):Crestwood High School
Student(s):Hassan Fawaz Jordon Horton Kristian Manivilovski
Grade Level:Secondary School (grades 9-12, ages 14-18)
GLOBE Teacher(s):Diana Rae Johns
Contributors:Dr. Kevin Czajkowski
Report Type(s):International Virtual Science Symposium Report
Protocols:Air Temperature, Surface Temperature, Relative Humidity
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Date Submitted:03/01/2018
Surface Temperature Measurements

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Surface temperature is a critical component of what scientists use to observe global changes in climate to study global warming and climatic patterns of our world. Climate change and whether global warming is an issue that has been an issue in a worldwide conversation. Our research aims to determine if such changes are identifiable on the local level and given our degree of knowledge how detectable a known relationship is. We questioned the significance of the difference between the past two winters. Gathering near surface data, we wondered if we could notice the changes in humidity based on temperature. Through in-depth analysis of our data, we came to see much colder temperatures mid-winter this year yet colder temperatures at the beginning and end of last year’s winter. Although this year’s data didn’t extend further into the winter, it is evident that this year called for an early spring. With comparing the humidity to the air temperature, we had less luck. We identified an apparent trend between the two but weren’t able to elaborate on the relationship. Since surface temperature data only began at our school recently, further analysis of future winters should be conducted to notice shifts in climate and other relationships affecting the surface temperature.


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I very much enjoyed reading your research paper, and am intrigued and interested in your methodology and results. I also am pleased that you selected a native bird to take into consideration as you conducted your research.

I was doing some work this week with some climate data, and thought I would share this website with your team to give you some additional information on what climate models are predicting in the future for your part of the US-

I am curious as to why you chose to take your air temperature measurements using kites instead of using a multi-day digital thermometer. Could you explain the benefits of using kites instead of the more basic but less time consuming method that is generally used by GLOBE? I was also wondering if your team considered accessing other long-term data sets as you are striving to look into potential climate change as when we are looking into climate, we need at least thirty years of data to determine that change is occuring.

Finally, how can you help others in your community to be aware of our changes in climate in your region?

Thank you!

Posted on 3/21/18 11:32 PM.

Interesting work.

I noticed you collected temperature data at multiple locations. I'm curious if you noticed any significant differences between sites and if so what factors you think might be responsible (i.e. are site characteristics important for interpreting your data?).

- Katelyn FitzGerald

Posted on 3/23/18 4:32 PM.