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Did you know that NASA satellite data is being used to predict,monitor, and respond to vector-borne and water-related disease around the world? Imagine the value of using both GLOBE ground-based data; such as precipitation, vegetation, soil moisture, surface temperature, and humidity; to help us better understand disease! As you think about what you might like to research for the next school year, consider using NASA satellite data along with your GLOBE data to investigate various aspects of water-related and vector-borne disease. You can learn about the research conducted by...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: GLOBE Learning Expeditions Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Webinars Workshops Competitions Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GGIC SMAP GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Meetings/Conferences Scientist Skills Earth as a System GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs SCRC Research Community Letters Competitions Meetings Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Standard Research Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

A new study using NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission data entitled "Water vapor and soil moisture can predict afternoon rainfall" was recently published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal.  Many of us who use GLOBE protocols have wondered if we could use our data to help us answer some of the most challenging questions related to weather. This study might give some great ideas to students, teachers, and citizen scientists around the world to see if they can find similar results.  This article explains that the effect that water vapor has on weather...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Technology STEM Education Research Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Competitions Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Meetings/Conferences Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs Regions SCRC Research Competitions Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Teachers Trainers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report Mission Mosquito Report Standard Research Report Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

The EPA is celebrating Air Quality Week (May 4-8) and the GLOBE Clouds team would like to ask everyone again for your photographs of dust events! We got a chance to chat with Anne Semrau, a biology teacher at New Mexico State University, who sent in some amazing photographs of a dust event. Question: Where are you from? Where do you live now? Answer: I am mostly from Texas (different parts: Dallas, Houston, Austin, rural northeast Texas) but I have lived in several other places (Navajo Nation, California, Montana, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Missouri, Washington DC).   ...


Posted in: Curriculum: Language Culture and Arts STEM Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Other GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Soil News Topics: Regions Community Letters News Briefs Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students

I bet you would be surprised to learn that since we began to collect "Mosquito Habitat Mapper" data (5/29/2017), we have had over 20,915 observations submitted! Think about how significant that number is for a tool that has only been available for less than three years!  As many of us who live in the northern hemisphere begin to see signs of spring arriving- robins, crocuses, leaf buds on the trees, and warmer weather- we know that we will also see adult mosquitoes before too long. While there are over 3,500 species of mosquitoes, only about 100 of those species are actually dangerous...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Meetings Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Land Cover/Biology Atmosphere and Climate Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs Regions SCRC Research Meetings Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

Two of the teachers participating in the MARRS Institute during June 2019 at Jackson State University discovered data uncharacteristic of Arizona. They concluded that the school must not use xeriscaping! Caption  


Posted in: Learning Activities: Soil Primary Audience: Trainers Partners Country Coordinators

High school students in GLOBE teacher Mercy Molina's 11th grade class are working in five small research groups to investigate various aspects of mosquitoes in their region. Even though there will not be active mosquitoes during the time frame they will be doing their investigation (November through January), there are still many aspects of mosquitoes that they decided to learn more about.  The International School at Largo is a unique high school as it focuses on working with students for whom English is a second language, and who have come to the United States within the past four...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds El Niño SMAP GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science @es General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Meetings/Conferences Scientist Skills Earth as a System GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair SCRC Research Competitions Meetings Primary Audience: Partners Alumni Scientists Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Standard Research Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

  Water- the world's most precious resource. All around the world, NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission is collected data on how much precipitation is falling to Earth. NASA has just released its newest and most comprehensive estimate of rain and snow covering nearly 20 years. Version 6 of NASA's IMERG -- the Integrated Multi-satellitE Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) -- combines information from a constellation of satellites are operating in Earth orbit, at a given time, to estimate precipitation over the majority of the Earth's surface. This...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Assessment and Evaluation Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Technology Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair SCRC Research Competitions Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report Mission Mosquito Report Standard Research Report

Water is essential to life as we know it. Too much or too little water can mean the difference between life and death. While we live on a "water planet" and almost three-quarters of our planet is covered with water, less than 2.5% of that water is actually freshwater. You can read more about Earth's freshwater resources in this article, "Precious Freshness", and watch the video "Show Me the Water". See the "Freshwater Availability Toolkit" here for even more great resources.  NASA's "Global Precipitation Measurement" (GPM) mission is measuring how much precipitation is falling from...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Competitions Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

  Have you ever wondered if you could compare the precipitation data you are collecting to NASA satellite data?  The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission is celebrating the fact that we have just released the latest version of our IMERG data which includes nearly global precipitation estimates for the past two decades!  You can follow the directions here to find out how to compare and contrast your precipitation data with that of the GPM mission for your location.  If you haven't been collecting precipitation data, you can do this alternative activity to...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Field Campaigns: Watersheds El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Calendar Competitions Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

Do you live in an area that has dust storms? The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program (GLOBE) team would like you to photograph dust events in your area and submit your photos using the GLOBE Observer app.   Join NASA GLOBE Clouds Project Scientist, Marilé Colón Robles, to learn more about how to collect your observations and educational resources you can use with formal and informal audiences. Your observations will be used by scientists to verify satellite observations and see if their models have successfully predicted these dust storms...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Soil News Topics: Calendar Training Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Investigation Area Documents