Protocol Certification Requirements

Required eTraining Modules by Sphere/Protocol

Before you can start logging your measurements into our databases, you must first complete the necessary GLOBE protocol training. To make these trainings more accessible, we've created online learning modules that will help you meet our quality standards. Below, you can find a guide to the specific modules you must complete before uploading data pertinent to a specific Earth sphere and protocol.

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Protocols

Choose the protocol within the Earth sphere that corresponds with the data you want to collect. The required modules within each sphere are ordered by ease of implementation.

Important: You must first complete the Introduction to GLOBE training no matter which sphere/protocol you choose. 
 


Atmosphere

Complete the Introduction to Atmosphere and one of the modules below to complete your training in an Atmosphere protocol. 

ProtocolRequired Module
Air TemperatureAir Temperature
CloudsClouds
Precipitation

1 of the following:

  • Precipitation: Rain
  • Precipitation: Snow
Relative HumidityRelative Humidity
Barometric PressureBarometric Pressure
Surface TemperatureSurface Temperature

 


Biosphere 

Complete the Introduction to Biosphere and one of the modules below to complete your training in a Biosphere protocol. 

ProtocolRequired Module
Biometry

Land Cover Classification and 1 of the following:

  • Biometry: Canopy Cover and Ground Cover
  • Biometry: Tree Circumference
  • Biometry: Graminoid Biomass
  • Biometry: Graminoid, Tree, and Shrub Height (Five Methods) 
Carbon Cycle

Carbon Cycle Introduction and 1 of the following:

  • Standard Site Carbon Cycle Protocols
  • Non-Standard Site Carbon Cycle Protocols
Green Up-Green Down

1 of the following:

  • Green Up-Green Down: Grass Green-Up
  • Green Up-Green Down: Grass Green-Down
  • Green Up-Green Down: Tree and Shrub Green-Up
  • Green Up-Green Down: Tree and Shrub Green-Down

 


Hydrosphere

Complete the Introduction to Hydrosphere and one of the modules below to complete your training in a Hydrosphere protocol. 

ProtocolRequired Module
Water Temperature

1 of the following:

  • Water Temperature: Using an Alcohol-Filled Thermometer

  • Water Temperature: Using a Temperature Probe
Water Transparency

1 of the following:

  • Water Transparency: Using a Secchi Disk
  • Water Transparency: Using a Transparency Tube
Electrical Conductivity

Electrical Conductivity

Water pH

1 of the following:

  • Water pH: Using pH Paper
  • Water pH: Using pH Meter
AlkalinityAlkalinity
Dissolved Oxygen

1 of the following:

  • Dissolved Oxygen: Using a Dissolved Oxygen Commercial Kit
  • Dissolved Oxygen: Using a Dissolved Oxygen Probe
Salinity

1 of the following:

  • Salinity: Using Titration Method
  • Salinity: Using a Hydrometer
NitratesNitrates

 


Pedosphere (Soil)

Complete the Introduction to Pedosphere and one of the modules below to complete your training in a Pedosphere protocol. 

ProtocolRequired Module
Soil TemperatureSoil Temperature
Soil Moisture: Block PatternSMAP Soil Moisture
Soil Moisture: Gravimetric

Soil Moisture Gravimetric

Soil Characterization

Both of the following:

  • Soil Characterization 
  • Selecting, Exposing and Defining a Soil Characterization Site
Soil Bulk DensitySoil Bulk Density
Soil InfiltrationSoil Infiltration