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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 picture....


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 how...


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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 la...


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 height is...


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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...


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

  The Chang'e-5 robotic mission landed a few hours ago on lunar soil and aims to collect samples of rock and dust to bring them back to Earth. The venture targets a site called Mons Rümker, a volcanic complex in a nearby region known as Oceanus Procellarum.The spacecraft's landing module should spend the next few days examining its surroundings and gathering materials from the lunar surface.The intention is to pack about 2 kilos of materials, which will then be sent to a module that can transport the samples to Earth. It has been 44 years since that same goal was last achieved. This...


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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 Report on achieving equity...


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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 Applications...


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...


Posted in: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) held the North American Regional Meeting (NARM) 100% virtually this year from 19 – 22 October 2020. The NARM Planning Team included diversity, equity and inclusion considerations in the planning of this event. Several aspects of this included offering live Closed Captioning for most sessions and pre-captioned recordings of Lightning Talks and Sponsor welcomes; soliciting a diverse team of speakers; providing guidelines to speakers to help them consider presentation needs for a diverse audience; creating a Zoom How-To Guide; and asking participants in...


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