Comparing Existing GLOBE Tree Height Data and ICESat-2 Satellite Data

While the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign outdoor data collection has been suspended indefinitely in response to the worldwide pandemic, the Trees campaign team has been working tirelessly to shift gears to a safe approach that does not involve field work.

With that said, I have put together a video that shows how students, teachers, and citizen scientists can compare existing GLOBE data for tree height and compare it to the tree canopy height data from the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite- or ICESat-2 Mission. The online Open Altimetry Tool allows you to look and see when ICESat-2 flew over or near the location of the tree you have the GLOBE data for already. It is a fun and simple thing to do and helps you become a part of a larger NASA mission. You can also look at corresponding GLOBE Land Cover data, if it exists, for the same location.

Screen shot image of data comparisons between GLOBE tree heights and ICESat-2 tree and canopy heights. Image credits: Brian Campbell


Also, for more information about the GLOBE Program Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit: and stay safe and healthy.

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