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¡Las novedades trimestrales de NASA GLOBE Nubes están disponibles! Próximamente: Reto de Nubes 2024 El equipo se complace en anunciar que en 2024 tendremos un Reto de Nubes centrado en cómo cambian las nubes a lo largo del día. Finaliza la primera misión satelital Lidar de larga duración CALIPSO CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations, por sus siglas en inglés), un satélite lidar que avanzó en la comprensión mundial del clima, el tiempo y la calidad del aire, finalizó su misión científica el 1 de agosto de 2023 después de 17 años de ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS


The NASA GLOBE Clouds Quarterly Update is available for December, January, February 2023-2024! Coming Soon: Cloud Challenge 2024 The team is excited to announce that in 2024 we will have a Cloud Challenge focused on how clouds change throughout the day. First Long-Duration Lidar Satellite Mission CALIPSO Ends CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations), a lidar satellite that advanced the world’s understanding of climate, weather, and air quality, ended its scientific mission on August 1, 2023 after 17 years of operation. Meet an ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS   News Topics: NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


August 9-11, 2023, Tina Harte Ballinger and Amy Ellisor of the GLOBE Goes to Camp team piloted a GLOBE STEM Camp at Hero Kids Foundation in Suffolk, VA assisted by Isaac Lee the Program Director of Hero Kids. Over 25 campers and 6 YMCA staff from the Armed Services YMCA in Virginia Beach, VA. joined in collecting of cloud, surface temperature, soil, and tree height data through the lens of "Environmental Stewardship". Campers loved the hikes through the forest and were amazed at the differences in the characterization of the soil in the forest as compared to that of an open meadow. The ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS   Investigation Areas: CLOUDS SURFACE TEMPERATURE SOIL CHARACTERIZATION


Join the NASA GLOBE Clouds team and become GLOBE trained in cloud observations. Learn why clouds are important, how does NASA study clouds, and what are satellite matches. The clouds pacing guides will be used as starting points on how to do cloud observations in your classrooms or educational settings. Sign up today! https://www.globe.gov/get-trained/workshops/workshop/jT1U/161501


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS EARTH AS A SYSTEM PRECIPITATION   News Topics: REGIONS TRAINING NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: TEACHERS TRAINERS


Novedades trimestrales de NASA GLOBE Clouds Diciembre/Enero/Febrero 2022-2023 Las novedades trimestrales de NASA GLOBE Nubes 2022-2023 están disponibles. Anuncio acerca de NOAA-20 En 2023, será posible hacer coincidir tus observaciones satelitales con un nuevo satélite. Obtén más información sobre NOAA-20 y cómo aumentar la posibilidad de obtener una coincidencia con satélites. NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE termina en 2022 Después de lograr una increíble cantidad de clasificación de fotos del cielo, NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE está llegando a su fin; sin embargo, puedes conocer ...


Posted in: GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE GENERAL SCIENCE @ES GLOBE PROTOCOLS EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE   GLOBE Working Groups: SCIENCE WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS EARTH AS A SYSTEM   News Topics: NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


The NASA GLOBE Clouds Quarterly Update is available for winter 2022-23! NOAA-20 Announcement In 2023, it will be possible for you to match your satellite observations with a new satellite. Learn more about NOAA-20 and how to increase the chance to get a satellite match. NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE Ends in 2022 After achieving an incredible number of sky photos’ classification, NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE is coming to an end, but you can learn about its success stories and download its data in this year-end report. Cloud Observation Tip: Cloud Iridescence Cloud iridescence occurs ...


Posted in: GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE   GLOBE Working Groups: SCIENCE WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS EARTH AS A SYSTEM   News Topics: NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


The NASA GLOBE Clouds Quarterly Update is available for September/October/November 2022! Match to a Million Satellite Matches Celebration Thanks to you, The GLOBE Program has reached one million satellite observations matched to your cloud reports! Share in the celebration and thank you videos made just for you. GLOBE Clouds New Satellite Matching: NOAA-20 The NASA GLOBE Clouds team will soon be adding NOAA-20 to our satellite matching capabilities. Learn more about NOAA-20 and updates to the GLOBE Clouds satellite matching schedule. Meet an Expert: Naudia Graham ...


Posted in: Curriculum: SCIENCE AND MATH   GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE GLOBE PROTOCOLS EARTH AS A SYSTEM   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS


In May 2020, citizen scientist  Carmen Mandel  met two major milestones: she marked her one-year anniversary of being a GLOBE Observer and she single-handedly expanded the  Clouds satellite match  data by 36%. Carmen uses GLOBE Observer to record clouds 2-3 times daily every time she gets a notification that a NASA satellite is overhead. She sends her data to GLOBE, but then she records her observation in her own clouds journal. When she receives an email from NASA Langley Research Center matching her observation to satellite data, she adds that to her journal as ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE DATA INCLUDED EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE GENERAL SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS


Hi, my name is Nate Raynor and I am the GLOBE Teacher at Mescalero Apache School located in south central New Mexico . GLOBE Teacher Nate Raynor (left) with his students and NM GLOBE Partner  Christy Wall  (second from left) at the 2018 SRS in Boulder, CO. This is my 2 nd year using GLOBE protocols in the classroom. I like GLOBE because it gives my students a chance to work outside and not be stuck in a classroom all day. With GLOBE, my students begin to see their environment from a different aspect. I am currently using GLOBE ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM SCIENCE AND MATH   Event Topics: SCIENCE SYMPOSIA AND FAIRS   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS MEETINGS/CONFERENCES GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Investigation Areas: BIOMETRY (INCLUDING TREE HEIGHT) CLOUDS   Primary Audience: TEACHERS STUDENTS   Teacher's Guide: SECONDARY: 9-12 PROTOCOL INSTRUCTIONS


Clouds are amazing to observe and always seem to capture the attention of all, from little ones to the young at heart. The GLOBE Clouds team would like to help all of those that would be interested in doing research with clouds. A good research question is always tricky so here are some tips and ideas to get you started! What is a good research question? It is not always easy to come up with a research question, but GLOBE has a good checklist to help you out! You can even assign points and see how many points does your question total as a good research question. A ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH SCIENCE AND MATH   Event Topics: CAMPAIGNS AND PROJECTS (IOPS, ETC) SCIENCE SYMPOSIA AND FAIRS   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS GLOBE PROTOCOLS GENERAL SCIENCE DATA INCLUDED BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE   Investigation Areas: CLOUDS   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE   News Topics: VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR   Primary Audience: TEACHERS TRAINERS STUDENTS PARTNERS ALUMNI   Teacher's Guide: GRADE LEVELS INVESTIGATION AREA DOCUMENTS


The GLOBE Observer app (available for iPhones and Android devices) is a new, step-by-step way to submit cloud observations to NASA. Use your GLOBE sign-in information to sync your observations with your GLOBE data entry.  Here are some simple tips and tricks on how to better identify clouds while using the app. Your latitude, longitude, and time of day with be filled in automatically by the app!   1. What does your sky look like? Is your sky completely clear with no contrails? Are there clouds or is the sky obscured that it makes it difficult to make any ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: CLOUDS   Learning Activities: OBSERVING, DESCRIBING, AND IDENTIFYING CLOUDS OBSERVING VISIBILITY AND SKY COLOR ESTIMATING CLOUD COVER   Teacher's Guide: UPPER PRIMARY: 3-5 SECONDARY: 9-12 MIDDLE: 6-8 LOWER PRIMARY: K-2


The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is excited to highlight Mr. Gary Popiolkowski, a middle school science teacher at Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School in Houston, PA, USA. Mr. Popiolkowski has been teaching for 44 years and has been a GLOBE teacher since 1995. He has had his students doing cloud observations for the past 18 years, submitting over 15,000 observations! He has also been doing virtual connections with Patumwan Demonstration School in Thailand each year for the past four years. We ask Mr. Popiolkowski how he does it! Here is what he shared: Each period of the day the ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM SCIENCE AND MATH   Event Topics: OTHER   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS GLOBE PROTOCOLS GENERAL SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: SURFACE TEMPERATURE CLOUDS   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS ALUMNI SCIENTISTS COUNTRY COORDINATORS


The GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA would like to highlight the top observers for the month of February! Thank you to all observers for submitting your observations and using the satellite matching of data. Also, remember that on March 15, 2018 we will start our NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge ! The top observers will be congratulated by a NASA scientist with a video posted on the NASA GLOBE Clouds website. Click here for more information.   Top 10 cloud observers for February 2018   ...


Posted in: Event Topics: COMPETITIONS   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS GLOBE PROTOCOLS GENERAL SCIENCE BACKYARD SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: CLOUDS   News Topics: COMPETITIONS   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS ALUMNI SCIENTISTS COUNTRY COORDINATORS


The NASA GLOBE Clouds team recently presented a webinar the details of how your cloud observations are matched to satellite data. The webinar, recording found below, also focuses on the importance and quality of the observations, ways that the data can be used by scientists, and current work being done by the team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.  The webinar also highlights newly processed data from the temperature and cloud observations reported for the Great North American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017.      See how your ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY   Event Topics: CAMPAIGNS AND PROJECTS (IOPS, ETC)   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE GLOBE PROTOCOLS GENERAL SCIENCE BACKYARD SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: CLOUDS   News Topics: VIDEO   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS COUNTRY COORDINATORS


If you are attending the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) Conference this coming Friday, March 2, 2018 in Lansing, Michigan (United States of America), I welcome you to join myself ( Jeff Bouwman ), David Bydlowski , and Andy Henry .  We are excited to present Aerial Exploration of Environmental Study Sites, Using Kites, Cameras and Other Sensors on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 9:00 AM and #GettingScienceDone – Citizen Science on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM.   Aerial Exploration of Environmental Study Sites, Using Kites, Cameras and Other Sensors will ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY   Event Topics: CAMPAIGNS AND PROJECTS (IOPS, ETC)   Field Campaigns: SMAP SURFACE TEMPERATURE   Investigation Areas: PRECIPITATION AIR TEMPERATURE SOIL MOISTURE - SMAP BLOCK PATTERN SURFACE TEMPERATURE SOIL TEMPERATURE CLOUDS


Mr. Jeff Bouwman The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is excited to highlight Mr. Jeff Bouwman, a 6th and 7th grade teacher at  Shumate Middle School  ( Gibraltar School District ) in Gibraltar, MI. Mr. Bouwman was one of the top 10 GLOBE Cloud observers for 2017 and we are very excited for the research his students are doing with the data.    We invite you to read his most recent post -   "It's Cool to Have Your Head in the Clouds" - and read the research his students are doing with 2-years of cloud observations!    If you would ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY   Event Topics: SCIENCE SYMPOSIA AND FAIRS   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS GLOBE PROTOCOLS GENERAL SCIENCE BACKYARD SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE   News Topics: VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR COMPETITIONS   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS SCIENTISTS   Teacher's Guide: GRADE LEVELS INVESTIGATION AREA DOCUMENTS


  Sixth Grade Citizen Scientists at Shumate Middle School ( Gibraltar Sc hool District ) in Gibraltar, Michigan (United States of America) truly enjoy observing clouds and taking environmental measurements for The GLOBE Program.  Over the course of the school year, each sixth grader will have the opportunity to travel outside to take various environmental measurements.  Currently, our sixth grade students are measuring soil moisture, soil, surface, and current temperatures, precipitation, and clouds.  While taking surface temperature measurements, students are ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Investigation Areas: CLOUDS SURFACE TEMPERATURE


NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge Audience : Students and teachers all grade levels, informal educators, and the general public Dates : March 15, 2018 - April 15, 2018 The NASA GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA is excited to announce the NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge . Participants are invited to enter up to 10 cloud observations per day from March 15, 2018 to April 15, 2018 using the GLOBE Program’s data entry options or using GLOBE Observer app . GLOBE and ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY   Event Topics: OTHER COMPETITIONS   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS GLOBE PROTOCOLS GENERAL SCIENCE BACKYARD SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS   News Topics: COMPETITIONS   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS   Teacher's Guide: GRADE LEVELS


Friday, February 2nd is Groundhog Day and some of us will be waiting to see if Punxsutawney Phil saw a shadow or not! Punxsutawney Phil and other groundhogs have been predicting the arrival of Spring for many years and has intrigued us all.   NASA Education Specialist Dr. Anne Weiss NASA Education specialist at NASA Langley Research Center, Dr. Anne Weiss, was gathering cloud and temperature data while visiting her nephews (3rd, 5th, and 8th grade) when they got talking about Punxsutawney Phil. Her nephews were questioning if Punxsutawney Phil’s forecast would affect ...


Posted in: Curriculum: EDUCATION RESEARCH SCIENCE AND MATH   GLOBE Science Topics: GENERAL SCIENCE SCIENTIST SKILLS BACKYARD SCIENCE GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Investigation Areas: CLOUDS   Learning Activities: ESTIMATING CLOUD COVER   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS


Satellites can detect and collect a lot of observations in very short amount of time. It is simple to think that anything that is white in an image is a cloud. Well, not always.  Look at these beautiful images taken by the GOES 16 satellite of the recent "Winter Weather Bomb" that left a blanket of snow from South Georgia to New England on January 4, 2018. Click here and watch a loop of images from the GOES 16 satellite for January 4, 2018. GOES 16 Image taken on January 4, 2018 at 171720Z GOES 16 Image taken on January 4, 2018 at 201720Z   ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH   Event Topics: OTHER   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS GLOBE PROTOCOLS GENERAL SCIENCE BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE   Investigation Areas: CLOUDS   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS

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