GLOBE is a science and education program that connects a network of students, teachers, and scientists from around the world to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth's environment at local, regional, and global scales. By engaging students in hands-on learning of Earth system science, GLOBE is an innovative way for teachers to get students of all ages excited about scientific discovery locally and globally. To date, more than 150 million measurements have been contributed to the GLOBE database, creating meaningful, standardized, global research-quality data sets that can be used in support of student and professional scientific research.

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment.

GLOBE was announced on Earth Day in 1994 and began operations on Earth Day in 1995.

Participation in GLOBE is open to anyone who is affiliated with any of the participating countries. Teachers learn how to mentor students in taking, reporting, and using high-quality data and using these data to perform investigations. GLOBE also offers scientists an opportunity to work with students and teachers from around the world to broaden their research. There are also opportunities for organizations that are interested in working to recruit, train, and support GLOBE teachers.

Internationally, GLOBE is implemented through bilateral agreements between the U.S. Government and governments of partner nations. The countries listed on the Community pages have signed GLOBE agreements. If your country is not on this list, and you would like information about joining GLOBE, please contact the GLOBE Community Support Team at:

To date, at least 120 countries have participated in GLOBE. A current list can be found on the GLOBE website.

GLOBE protocols have been developed for the following Earth system science study areas: Atmosphere, BiosphereHydrosphere, and Soil (Pedosphere). Measurements include weather, climate, air quality, water quality, soils, vegetation, and timing of plant and animal responses to seasonal environmental changes. GLOBE has created over 100 protocols and learning activities relating to these four GLOBE Spheres.