Trees Around the GLOBE

Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign

Year 3: September 2020 - September 2021

Why are or why aren't there trees in my local environment?

September 2020 begins Year 3 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. With participants from over fifty countries, the campaign includes students, educators, citizen scientists, subject matter experts, and scientists from six continents. The campaign focuses on tree height, with a close relationship with land cover, greenings, and carbon cycle. For the last two years, there have been tens of thousands of campaign-related measurements and observations entered into the GLOBE database for the use of student and professional researchers.

As you know, one of the major focuses for this campaign is to have students take tree height, land cover, greenings, and carbon cycle and use this data to develop research projects that focus on the environment in their local areas in order to understand the larger picture of how our planet is changing over time.


The Year 3 Scaffold Structure

In order to maximize the information we provide to campaign participants and to provide students the needed content for answering research questions, we will have a Year 3 Scaffold for campaign science, student research and data. Beginning in September 2020, we will have a quarterly focus for the campaign.


To join the campaign, follow these steps:

  1. Visit the Campaign Community Page, scroll down, and click the "Join Community" link above the map.
  2. If you are new to GLOBE and have never taken any protocol measurements, you can complete the e-Trainings for the protocols you would like to use.
  3. Start taking Biometry Tree Height measurements. Some guidelines for choosing trees to measure:
    1. Trees measured should be at least 5ft (1.52m) tall;
    2. Trees measured should be isolated trees or the tallest trees in a large grouping of trees
  4. Decide which other Protocols you and your students will use to take local environmental measurements.
  5. Start taking your protocol measurements and submit them to GLOBE through the Data Entry Page.
  6. Connect with us by attending the campaign Webinars and engage in some discussions with other GLOBE schools, scientists, researchers, and campaign team.
  7. Work with your students to develop potential research projects using your protocol measurement data and data from other GLOBE schools.
  8. Collaborate with other GLOBE schools from around the world to strengthen your research experience, which could be part of the GLOBE IVSS.
  9. Begin and/or contribute to the campaign Discussion Forum.
  10. Present your measurements and research at a future campaign webinar.
  11. Just have fun learning all about our planet through GLOBE!

Dust off those clinometers and start measuring Trees Around the GLOBE! 

If you are not already a member of the GLOBE Community, please click the JOIN GLOBE link and follow the registration instructions. Once you register, you will be able to start taking GLOBE protocol measurements.


Campaign History:

The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign commenced on September 15, 2018 in conjunction with NASA's ICESat-2 satellite launch on the same date at 6:02am PDT. This campaign is a student research campaign focusing on tree height - one of the measurements conducted by the ICESat-2 mission. Tree height is not just a measurement - it is a gateway to understanding many things about the environment. The structure of tree canopies, the 3D arrangement of individual trees, has a huge effect on how ecosystems function and cycle through carbon, water, and nutrients.

In order to put the tree height measurements into context, we are recommending students to also take measurements of Land Cover ClassificationGreen Up / Green Down, and Carbon Cycle. This will allow for data research comparisons among several GLOBE environmental measurements.

Students are also encouraged to take location baseline protocol measurements of their measurement locations. Some examples are: Air TemperatureSurface Temperatureand Soil Temperature,

Stay tuned to this campaign web site to learn of upcoming webinars, live social media events, and blogs related to this campaign! 

If you have any questions about the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign, please feel free to contact Campaign Lead, Brian Campbell.