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As you may know, the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will launch on September 15, 2018 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA. The ICESat-2 satellite will use an on-board laser altimeter system to measure the height of Earth. Measurements of ice sheets, sea ice, bodies of water, mountains are all part of what ICESat-2 will measure. For our collaboration with The GLOBE Program, we want to focus on one exciting variable that the ICESat-2 satellite will measure, TREE HEIGHT! GLOBE has several ways to measure tree height. You can find them ...


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP EVALUATION WORKING GROUP SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: BIOSPHERE   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE   News Topics: IOPS   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS


The South Dakota Discovery Center is issuing a call for water transparency data from lakes, streams, rivers, ponds in South Dakota using a turbidity (or transparency) tube,  often referred to as a t-tube since both transparency and turbidity start with the letter t.   The t-tube is a simple instrument. It is a tall, transparent tube of at least 120 centimeters that is marked off in centimeters on the side. On the bottom is a quadrant pattern of alternating black and white sections. You can measure the clarity of the water by measuring the depth of the water in the ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM   Investigation Areas: WATER TRANSPARENCY   Primary Audience: TEACHERS


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


Every year, I offer a field based professional learning opportunity (PLO) for educators. This year's PLO was Exploring Badlands National Park through Science and Storytelling  held June 18-21 in South Dakota. Nine educators spent one day in class and three days and two nights in Badlands National Park doing hydrology field studies using GLOBE protocols (water temperature, water clarity, conductivity and pH) in addition to other opportunities. As part of my own professional learning, I set myself a challenge of trying to tell the story of the field studies in ways other than ...


Posted in: Event Topics: WORKSHOPS   GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Teacher's Guide: PROTOCOL INSTRUCTIONS


Hi, every one, you remember that fall where Tony got rescued long ago in his youth? Well we were there and the place is so beautiful and inviting. No wonder the lad had to take a risk and climb it without ropes. It was nice place and the student field task there was exciting. But please take note if you are going to be at the Lower Toc, getting wet is very normal, and not shorts for your sake. Francis


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Did you know that NASA is closely using satellites to monitor trees around the world. There is so much trees can tell us, from Earth's biomass to area of mass tree blight to where our forests are healthy and flourishing. NASA researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland have teamed up to use current Landsat satellite data to study the changes in Northern forest extent. By looking at forest patterns and sparse and open canopy forests, what is happening to the trees can help us monitor change on a warming planet. On September 12, 2018, NASA ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: BIOSPHERE   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS


I am hearing more and more conversations center around "bundling," particularly when it comes to NGSS ( Next Generation Science Standards ). Sometimes, in my GLOBE world, it is a conversation around bundling the protocols together. I know that some teachers already do this when they take students outside for field investigations. In my email clean-out, I found this little gem that I thought I'd share. In 2012, the GLOBE Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota included two investigation questions for fieldwork. To answer the questions, the participants used several protocols to collect ...


Posted in: Curriculum: SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY STEM   GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Primary Audience: TEACHERS


In an earlier blog, I referred to Elaine Reese, a child psychologist who measured emerging narrative identities of 40 month old children. The validity of her study is corroborated by other researchers and I am satisfied. I therefore direct my task to compiling best practices of ERE and to suggest settings that can lead to ERE events with GLOBE content. My hope is that parents will imagine the applicability of one or more of these settings, make them happen, and share their success stories for other parents to emulate. This blog shall serve to chronicle community action in ...


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Before the L.A. GLOBE Conference in 2015, I sent a request to Gwynne Shotwell for a mini-learning expedition to the Space X HQ in Hawthorne. The HQ could only take a small group and it included the GLOBE Africa Coordinator, a GLOBE Japan Partner and Trainer, a GLOBE Japan teacher, GLOBE students from San Diego and their parents.  Since then GLOBE training in Okinawa focused on Integrated One Day Atmospheric Measurements and the Cloud Cover Protocol, using the app GLOBE Observer. Trainees are introduced to the satellites that measure clouds from above and that we ...


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Are you taking GLOBE water quality measurements as part of the ENSO Student Research Campaign? If so, please consider joining the new GLOBE Water Quality Collaboration Group (GWQCG) . Led by Bob Connick, GLOBE schools from across the world are taking water quality measurements that help explore one of the ENSO Campaign's Guiding Investigative Questions, "What is the quality of water in our environment?" By learning all about the water quality measurements in a local setting, one can learn just how these local measurements helps us understand the global picture of water ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO   GLOBE Working Groups: SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM HYDROSPHERE PEDOSPHERE (SOIL) BIOSPHERE   Primary Audience: TEACHERS TRAINERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS COUNTRY COORDINATORS ALUMNI


I've been digging through my Inbox, trying to clear out some of the large files from the past. I'm at a critical point as these files are triggering invitations to buy more space for storage. Rather than doing that, I'm deleting instead! But during this process, I've come across some resources and discussions that I always seem to forget exist already on the GLOBE website. I thought that perhaps I'd write a couple blog posts and point out some of these for anyone following my blog. This first one is a training agenda from 2003! A group of us were invited to Washington, D.C. to work ...


Posted in: Curriculum: SCIENCE AND MATH   GLOBE Science Topics: GENERAL SCIENCE GLOBE PROTOCOLS SCIENTIST SKILLS   Investigation Areas: BIOMETRY (INCLUDING TREE HEIGHT) BIOSPHERE LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION


We had a fabulous webinar this afternoon in which students in both North America and South America shared their work on using GLOBE protocols to learn more about water in their environment. Meriam Kalloe, the GLOBE Assistant Country Coordinator for Suriname, brought together many students from Anton Resida Middle School who shared information on their use of several GLOBE hydrology protocols to study the quality of water in three locations near their school. They plan to continue to monitor the quality of the water in those three sites. Then Jeff Bouwman's middle school students ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM SCIENCE AND MATH   Event Topics: CAMPAIGNS AND PROJECTS (IOPS, ETC) SCIENCE SYMPOSIA AND FAIRS   Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO SMAP GPM   GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE GENERAL SCIENCE GENERAL SCIENCE @ES CLIMATE CHANGE DATA INCLUDED BACKYARD SCIENCE MEETINGS/CONFERENCES 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: VIRTUAL SCIENCE FAIR SCRC RESEARCH   Primary Audience: PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS   Teacher's Guide: INVESTIGATION AREA DOCUMENTS


A Very Special ENSO Student Research Campaign SODA Webinar will begin in 1 hour. The webinar will be live from Puerto Rico and will focus on Water Quality after Hurricane Maria. Two student teams from the Ramey school will be presenting their GLOBE ENSO research today. Learn more HERE! Join us at: https://zoom.us/j/7578241037


Posted in: Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM HYDROSPHERE PEDOSPHERE (SOIL) BIOSPHERE   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS


This week we are very excited to highlight the work of Ms. Jillian Anderson and her high school students at the Lexington School for the Deaf, in Queens, NY. Ever since they joined the U.S. GLOBE Air Quality Student Research Campaign, they have been going outside to make observations of the atmosphere every day! The students have been submitting both Clouds and Aerosol Optical Thickness observations and we want to thank them for their valuable contribution to science.   We encourage them to keep up their great work and we invite other schools to continue ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM   GLOBE Science Topics: SCIENTIST SKILLS GLOBE PROTOCOLS   GLOBE Working Groups: SCIENCE WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: AEROSOLS   Primary Audience: TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS


We breathe in the oxygen they produce, clamber up their branches, pick their delicious fruits and sit in their shade – and now it’s time for trees to have the spotlight! NASA’s ICESat-2 mission wants to meet you and your favorite tree. It could be a giant sequoia or a maple sapling, a wetland mangrove or a desert cactus. It could be a favorite climbing tree, a place for reflection, a support for a swing, or anything else meaningful to you. Create a short video starring you and your tree, and it could be included in a NASA video feature on an upcoming citizen science project. In ...


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At 5:00pm EDT (9:00pm UTC), we will be hosting the next ENSO Short Observation & Data Analysis (SODA) Webinar: Live from Stratford, Connecticut! The topic being presented by students today is "Does Data Drive Questions or Do Questions Drive Data?" Learn More About it HERE! Join us today at 5:00pm EDT at https://zoom.us/j/7578241037


Posted in: Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO   Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM ATMOSPHERE HYDROSPHERE PEDOSPHERE (SOIL) BIOSPHERE   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS


Have you ever wondered how to collect data using a GLOBE protocol and compare that data to that of a satellite flying at over 15,000 Mph (24,140 Kmh)? A group of freshman students, under the instruction of Dr. Jodi Haney, at Bowling Green State University did just that. As part of the ENSO Student Research Campaign , these students conducted research by collecting soil moisture , surface temperature , cloud cover , and relative humidity. Date-stamped comparisons were conducted among all these variables. The student compared several data variables in their research ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: EL NIÑO SMAP   Investigation Areas: HYDROSPHERE PEDOSPHERE (SOIL) ATMOSPHERE   Primary Audience: TRAINERS TEACHERS STUDENTS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS


GLOBE Ghana in collaboration with UNESCO Office in Ghana and Regional Environmental Office for West and Central Africa  at American Embassy Ghana, EPA AND TWUMY Graphy organised this year's Earth Day Celebration on the 24th of April, 2018, under the Theme Connecting the Public and Classroom to Climate Change and Plastic Pollution. About 80 people including GLOBE students, Ghana police and Military Education Directorate, the Clergy, STEM coordinators,  Scientists,  Education Directorsl and many more attended the programme  The Director General of Ghana Education ...


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We would like to share with you some tips on how to keep your Calitoo instrument up and running: Keep your instrument indoors until the time of measurement. The instrument detector is sensitive to temperature and performs best near room temperature (~70F or ~21C). Don’t let your instrument overheat. Also don’t make measurements in extreme cold unless instrument is insulated from cold. Don’t forget to TURN OFF your instrument after you’re done measuring! To turn off, press the button for a few seconds until the screen reads: “ Stop in progress ”. When batteries start going ...


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This has been a great year for the Urban Heat Island/Surface Temperature Student Research Campaign. More schools and more students have participated than ever before. I posted a 7 minute "Thank You" video here on https://youtu.be/QPfmAbMrwE4 Youtube. Urban Heat Island is a growing issue worldwide. More than 50% of the population of the world lives in urban areas. Much of this growth has been in developing. I went to research presentations about UHI at the American Association of Geography (AAG) meeting in New Orleans this week. There were many talks about UHI and using satellite imagery ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: SURFACE TEMPERATURE