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I've heard a number of folks wish they could track how many observations individual users have performed in a GLOBE team.  We're working on building that out on the website, along with tracking individual student contributions for schools.  In the mean time, I made this spreadsheet which will figure it out for you if you know the user's UserID.  Enter the date range, protocol and a list of UserIDs, and the spreadsheet will present how many measurements that user has performed for that protocol and date range.  As a reminder, UserIDs are located in GLOBE Observer under ...


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Ghana GLOBE in March 2021 collaborated with Noguchi Memorial Institute to train four schools within Greater Accra and its environs on how to identify Mosquito species in their communities.   A total of 20 students,  four teachers and two STEM Coordinators were trained.  As a pilot project,  GLOBE Ghana Coordinator Ms. Berthy Buah took the opportunity to sensitize the schools on the importance of engaging in GLOBE activities in their schools and the numerous benefits awaits them if taken seriously.  Scientists from the Parasitology department also encouraged ...


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ورشة دليل الطالب الى براءة الاختراع قدمها مختصين من مكتب الامانة العامة تبراءة الاختراع في دول مجلس التعاون


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Rahil V. is a high school student from Maryland. He was part of the 2020 STEM Enhancement in the Earth Sciences Mosquito Habitat Mapper summer research intern cohort. This past summer I attended the SEES Virtual Mosquito Mappers Internship, changing my life. I suppose "life-changing" is often used arbitrarily to describe a great experience, but I can assure you, I do mean life-changing. I entered the summer wary of a virtual internship; after all, how useful could zoom calls and a virtual classroom be? Within the first week, I was blown away by the competent mentors, resources, and ...


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Two projects have adopted the GO Mosquito Habitat Mapper tool as a way to obtain data for scientific analysis. The GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign plays an official role in a research project funded by the National Science Foundation: Citizen Epidemiology: Designing and Connecting Next-Generation Cyber, Biological, and Citizen Science Systems for the Surveillance and Control of Mosquito-Borne Diseases . The project PI is Dr. Ryan Carney, University of South Florida. To create an automated larva identification using artificial intelligence, many images of mosquito larvae are needed- from ...


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The University of New Hampshire Carbon Cycle team has started to curate a list of resources that compliment GLOBE Carbon Cycle activities and Protocols . These include videos, websites, peer reviewed articles, and a Q&A section with Dr. Scott Ollinger , ecosystem ecologist at UNH and PI on the Carbon Cycle Project. These resources have been sent to us over the past few years, and have found a home here:  https://www.globe.gov/web/leitzel-center/home/carbon-cycle-resources .  As we encounter more, we will continue to build this list. If you have resources that ...


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Have you ever seen a tree snap due to high winds or a lightning strike?  Back in March 2020, I saw a beautiful Bradford Pear tree starting to bloom with its pale yellow-white blossoms. I thought that this would be a very nice, isolated tree to take a NASA GLOBE Observer tree height observation. Tree Height -  March 15, 2020, 19.41m, Bradford Pear, Salisbury, Maryland USA Let's fast forward to August 4, 2020. At this time, the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States was being greatly affected by the remnants of Hurricane Isaias. By this time, the hurricane was ...


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Lectures, lessons, and learning opportunities of all kinds are available online these days… luckily, air quality investigations can be, too! Publically available sources of air quality data, which can be accessed any time and anywhere, can be used in conjunction with or in lieu of the GLOBE Aerosols Protocol for students and teachers participating in the US Air Quality Student Research Campaign. This blog post will introduce a website which can be used to conduct air quality investigations with a ground-based instrument, called the PurpleAir. The PurpleAir is a small, commercially ...


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Lectures, lessons, and learning opportunities of all kinds are available online these days… luckily, air quality investigations can be, too! Publically available sources of air quality data, which can be accessed any time and anywhere, can be used in conjunction with or in lieu of the GLOBE Aerosols Protocol for students and teachers participating in the US Air Quality Student Research Campaign. This blog post will introduce a website called AerosolWatch, an online access point for satellite-based observations of aerosols, and factors that affect air quality (such as smoke and dust). ...


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The big announcement this month was that we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Student Research Symposia. We have some other activities that we will working on instead, which will support the IVSS and SRS into the future! In other news, I attended a couple virtual multi-day meetings and had lots of resources cross my desk. Some of those are listed below. I look forward to 2021 and the close of 2020. It has been a rough year but kindness abounds and teachers are amazing in supporting students throughout this public health crisis – they inspire me each day. Peace to all of the ...


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Ever wonder what it might be like to work for NASA? This year at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Meeting (kind of like a huge IVSS as it is virtual this year), NASA shared a wealth of resources to help anyone interested in working with or for NASA to "find their place"! Take a look at this site and explore the myriad of amazing opportunities and programs that exist for a wide variety of different audiences. These programs range from research and learning opportunities to  being engaged by being a part of The GLOBE Program! So check out the " Find Your Place " ...


Posted in: Curriculum: EDUCATION RESEARCH LANGUAGE CULTURE AND ARTS SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY STEM   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   Field Campaigns: FLEXE SCRC SCUBANAUTS SEASONS AND BIOMES WATERSHEDS CARBON CYCLE GGIC SCRC - PHASE 1 SCRC - PHASE 2 SMAP EL NIÑO SURFACE TEMPERATURE GPM   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE DATA INCLUDED GENERAL SCIENCE GENERAL SCIENCE @ES EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE SCIENTIST SKILLS MEETINGS/CONFERENCES   GLOBE Working Groups: EVALUATION WORKING GROUP SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP DEI WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE HYDROSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM PEDOSPHERE (SOIL) BIOSPHERE   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE EARTH AS A SYSTEM HYDROLOGY LAND COVER/BIOLOGY SOIL   News Topics: MEETINGS SCRC RESEARCH TRAINING VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: STANDARD RESEARCH REPORT INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT U.S. STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIA (SRS) MISSION EARTH REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT   Teacher's Guide: GRADE LEVELS INVESTIGATION AREA DOCUMENTS


It snowed at my house in Michigan last week, the first week of December 2020. I love snow and I really like to see how snow affects the surface temperature. Between 60 and 80 mm of snow was on the ground. I took surface temperature observations as part of the Urban Heat Island Student Research Campaign. I wanted to show what you could do by yourself at your house if you have an infrared thermometer. My two sites are my backyard which is grass and the gravel driveway in the front of our house. The backyard has a line of Black Spruce trees just south of where I am standing in the ...


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Did you know that your pace is a vital part of taking observations of tree height and land cover? A pace is a unit of length consisting either of one normal walking step, or of a double step, returning to the same foot, your dominant foot.  Pacing Image above courtesy of Rothwell-Osnabruch K-12 School - Ontario, Canada The NASA GLOBE Observer Trees Tool uses your height to estimate your step length, which it then uses to estimate the distance to the tree, but you can also measure your pace directly, which will make your tree height measurements more accurate. Want to learn ...


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WOOHOO! It’s time to celebrate! The NASA GLOBE Observer just had its 25,000th citizen science tree height observation. The observation came in on November 30, 2020 from Corvallis, Oregon. Since the release of the NASAGO Trees Tool on March 26, 2019, there has been an average of 40 tree height observations taken per day across the GLOBE Program participant countries. Do you want to take tree height observations too? Check out https://observer.globe.gov/do-globe-observer/trees . Your tree height observations are so important to science research and exploration: - Tree ...


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Fall is a whirlwind of virtual meetings! We had the GLOBE North American Regional Meeting in mid-October and I attended some of the sessions of the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Regional Meeting . I guess that is one positive from the move to virtual meetings; it opens the opportunity to attend if you cannot travel. Some things that came across my desk this month… Grant opportunity for Maryland schools: https://cbtrust.org/grants/environmental-education/ National Monitoring Conference (virtual) April 19-24, 2021 The documentary The Condor and the Eagle . 100Kin10 ...


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The newest satellite to monitor global sea level is ready for its journey into space. Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the latest in a series of spacecraft designed to monitor the global ocean, is scheduled to launch on Saturday, Nov. 21. Will you be watching?  Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich , the latest in a series of spacecraft designed to monitor our oceans, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The satellite will be followed in 2025 by its twin, Sentinel-6B. Together, the pair is tasked with extending our nearly ...


Posted in: Curriculum: EDUCATION RESEARCH SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY STEM   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   Field Campaigns: SEASONS AND BIOMES WATERSHEDS EL NIÑO GPM   GLOBE Science Topics: CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE DATA INCLUDED GENERAL SCIENCE EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE SCIENTIST SKILLS   GLOBE Working Groups: SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP DEI WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE WATER VAPOR EARTH AS A SYSTEM PRECIPITATION WATER TEMPERATURE GREEN-UP / GREEN-DOWN LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION   Learning Activities: S2: WHAT ARE SOME FACTORS THAT AFFECT SEASONAL PATTERNS? S4: MODELING THE REASONS FOR SEASONAL CHANGE S5: SEASONAL CHANGE ON LAND AND WATER LC2: REPRESENTING THE STUDY SITE IN A DIAGRAM LC3: USING GRAPHS TO SHOW CONNECTIONS WE'RE ALL CONNECTED: EARTH SYSTEM INTERACTIONS S3: HOW DO SEASONAL TEMP PATTERNS VARY AMONG DIFFERENT WORLD REGIONS? WATER WALK MODEL A CATCHMENT BASIN PRACTICING YOUR PROTOCOLS WATER DETECTIVES MODEL YOUR WATER BALANCE MEASURE UP WATER WONDERS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: STANDARD RESEARCH REPORT U.S. STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIA (SRS) MISSION EARTH REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


Even with the pandemic, participation the campaign has been good. Although the number of schools participating and the total number of observations was down from last year, it was still a nice number of each. So far this fall (Northern Hemisphere) spring (Southern Hemisphere) there have been over 3,500 observations from 135 sites (70 schools) across the world. Please see the list below. There are a number of schools in Saudi Arabia with over 100 observations. We also have observations from Brazil and an area of India where there are six new schools taking part in the urban heat island ...


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Spent quite a bit of time working on upgrading the software which runs the www.globe.gov website. The new environment went live on 11/16/2020. Although it may not look too different, behind the scenes a lot has changed. It also gives us some new capabilities and features in a more secure environment.  We'll be advertising and using these new features in the time ahead.  Hope all works well for you! ​​​​​​​      


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Brian Campbell here. I just wanted to share, with every participant on the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign, that NASA has released two new amazing videos related to trees, tree height and tree research. Video 1 “An unexpectedly large count of trees in West African Sahara and Sahel,” Released on 16 October 2020 This visualization focuses on the Dryer areas of the globe that do not have forests are sometimes discounted for their contribution to the global biome in climate models and other prediction systems. However, this research has shown that over ...


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Did you know that very soon, a new Earth-observing satellite will join the fleet of satellites that are monitoring the health of our home planet? The launch of the joint U.S.- European Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is set for November 10! Right now it is undergoing final testing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and will be sent aloft on a Falcon 9 rocket. Once it is in orbit, about 1,336 km/830 miles above Earth's surface, its task will be to collect sea level measurements with an accuracy of a few centimeters (for a single measurement) for more ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY   Event Topics: CAMPAIGNS AND PROJECTS (IOPS, ETC) SCIENCE SYMPOSIA AND FAIRS   Field Campaigns: SEASONS AND BIOMES EL NIÑO GPM   GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE CLIMATE EARTH AS A SYSTEM SCIENTIST SKILLS   GLOBE Working Groups: EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM   News Topics: CALENDAR   Primary Audience: PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI TRAINERS COUNTRY COORDINATORS TEACHERS STUDENTS   Student Research Reports: U.S. STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIA (SRS) MISSION EARTH REPORT INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT