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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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Para mi primer post del 2021, quiero compartir acerca del increíble trabajo de nuestro amigo Mike Jabot y sus colegas. Conversé con Mike hace un par de semanas, y me enteré de que él ha participado en un proyecto colaborativo entre la Nación Séneca y USDA Northeast Climate Hub. El proyecto se llama “Conectando a la juventud a el agua cambiante”. A través de este proyecto, los jóvenes han participado en oportunidades de aprendizaje a la vez que ayudan a una granja a reintroducir cultivos nativos conocidos como las “tres hermanas” (maíz, frijoles, y calabaza). Los jóvenes aprendieron a ...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION


For my first post in 2021, I want to share about the amazing work performed by our friend Mike Jabot and his colleagues. I conversed with Mike a couple weeks ago, and I learned that he participated in a joint project between the Seneca Nation and the USDA Northeast Climate Hub called, “Connecting Youth to the Changing Water”. Through this project, the youth were engaged in learning opportunities while helping the farm reintroduce native crops known as the “three sisters” (corn, beans, and squash). The youth learned about planting, harvesting, and storing the crops. While working on their ...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION


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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


Definitivamente este ha sido un año complicado; sin embargo, también pasaron cosas muy buenas. Me siento agradecida por la oportunidad de unirme a un grupo de gente súper trabajadora, creativa y apasionada de alrededor del mundo. He aprendido mucho de mis compañeros del equipo de diversidad, equidad e inclusión de GLOBE durante este año, y estoy emocionada de continuar nuestro trayecto, trabajando juntos para ayudar a que GLOBE sea una comunidad más acogedora cada día. Más que verlos como colegas, ¡considero a cada miembro de el equipo de GLOBE DEI como parte de mi familia! Este ...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION


This has definitely been a tough year, but very good things also happened! I feel grateful for the opportunity to join a group of hard-working, creative, and passionate people from around the world. My fellow members of the GLOBE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force have taught me a lot this year, and I look forward to continuing our journey, working together to help make GLOBE a more welcoming community every day. More than colleagues, I consider each member of the GLOBE DEI team, as part of my family! This year, I also witnessed the commitment and the dedication of GLOBE ...


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Images taken by Wilson Bentley and property of the Jericho Historical Society.  Did you know that clouds have names? As the title of the GLOBE Elementary book says, clouds do have names. Those names describe the altitude and the appearance of the cloud. Cumulus means pile in Latin, so the name is used to describe low puffy clouds in the sky. Cirrus means locks of hair, and is used to describe those thin wispy clouds found high up in the sky. Some people think that nimbus is a type of cloud, but it is not. It is an affix, or a word that works as a prefix or a suffix. ...


Posted in: Curriculum: ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE   News Topics: COMMUNITY LETTERS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI


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 ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: SURFACE TEMPERATURE


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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El 11 de noviembre, un educador muy dinámico presentó un webinar de GLOBE IVSS único. Alejandro Mundo es un geofísico, maestro de ciencias en Kingsbridge International High School en el Bronx, NY, y también educador de CCRI. La Iniciativa de Investigación de Cambio Climático (CCRI por sus siglas en inglés) es una oportunidad de STEM que dura un año, que le permite a educadores a y a estudiantes de posgrado el trabajar directamente con científicos de la NASA y dirigir equipos de investigación en proyectos del Instituto Goddard de Estudios Espaciales (GISS por sus siglas en inglés), en ...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION


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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Scientists are wondering what is happening over Antarctica and where are the noctilucent clouds. Noctilucent clouds or polar mesospheric clouds are the highest occurring cloud types (form about 50 miles or 80 Km above the Earth's surface). They form in the Mesosphere and are thin clouds made up of ice crystals that form from left over fine dust from meteors. Because they are so high up in the sky, you see them when the sun is low or almost nighttime. The form during the summer months over the north and south poles. That is when it is coldest that high up in the sky ( in the mesosphere ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


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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On November 11, a very dynamic educator provided a one-of-a-kind GLOBE IVSS webinar. Alejandro Mundo is a geophysicist, a science teacher at Kingsbridge International High School in Bronx, NY, and a CCRI educator. The Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for educators and graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), in New York City. Alejandro and his team have been working on a project entitled “Earth Observation ...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION


Este año, la Oficina de Implementación de GLOBE (GIO, por sus siglas en inglés), condujo la Reunión Regional de Norte América (NARM, por sus siglas en inglés), de forma 100% virtual, del 19 al 22 de octubre. El equipo de planeación de NARM incluyó consideraciones de diversidad, equidad e inclusión en la planeación de este evento. Por ejemplo, la reunión contó con subtítulos en vivo para la mayoría de las sesiones y con subtítulos también en las grabaciones de las pláticas relámpago y de las bienvenidas de los patrocinadores. El equipo también se aseguró de invitar a un grupo diverso de ...


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