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NOVEMBER 2018 FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2018, HERE ARE THE TOP 5 MOST ACTIVE GLOBE PARTICIPANTS TAKING TREE HEIGHT, GREENINGS, AND LAND COVER MEASUREMENTS FOR THE TREES AROUND THE GLOBE STUDENT RESEARCH CAMPAIGN! CONGRATULATIONS! TREE HEIGHT (The numbers represent how many measurements they took): J. BOUWMAN S. NERN A. PRIETO B. VASYLCHYSHYN F. SAUD GREENINGS (GREEN UP/GREEN DOWN): M. DOBRZYCKA B. VASYLCHYSHYN O. MOVCHAN Z. ŽRAUTHACKER I. MIHALJEVIC LAND COVER: A. MAJKUT M. BALAZINEC P. NELSON V. LORENZO A. BIELECKI  


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

  The 2019 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium important dates and rubrics are now available! The GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center would love to see you use cloud observations in your research!  Do you need some ideas? Here are a few. Also, don't forget about the blog on how to come up with a good research question.  K-2nd grade: - What is the cloud type observed the most during Fall/Spring/Summer (choose one or a different period of time)? - Which cloud type, nimbostratus or cumulonimbus, produces the most rain at our school? (choose a...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Climate Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

CloudSat and CALIPSO were designed to complement each other in the 1990s. They launched together on the same rocket in 2006. Then they spent more than 10 years orbiting Earth in formation with a coterie of other satellites in what's known as the A-Train, or afternoon constellation.  Flying together enables the A Train satellites to gather diverse measurements of the Earth below at nearly the same time as they circle the globe pole-to-pole, crossing the equator around 1:30 p.m. local time every day. The nearly simultaneous observations allow scientists to build a more sophisticated...


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Understanding our planet's forests is vital to helping us gain knowledge about tree canopies, Earth's carbon budget, biomass estimations, among others. Also, knowing how our planet's forests respond to disasters like fires, blight, and natural disasters is an important facet in knowing how our planet responds to change. Through a combination of satellite and ground-based data collection, the Canadian Forest Service was able to improve Canada’s ability to observe, track and study forest disturbances such as wildfires and insect infestations, and how quickly forests grow back after these...


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Our mosquito story is a climate story. In the Early Holocene around 8200 years ago, the area that is today the Sahara Desert was much wetter and supported grassland vegetation. During the mid-Holocene, about 5000 years ago, changes in the monsoon began to dry out much of north Africa. This caused the Sahara to expand, and the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) was forced to retreat to areas where they could still find standing water to breed. These were also the same places where humans migrated, congregated and settled. A changing climate brought people and mosquitoes together, and the...


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Whenever you submit a cloud observations, the GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center looks for satellites that were over your area at about the same time. The team then gathers the information from these satellites and compares them to your own observations. The result is a satellite match table that you receive through an email!    The table allows you to compare what you saw and what the satellite noted. You also have the actual satellite image at the bottom of the table! A new "How to Read a Satellite Match" page is available for you to learn more about...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Country Coordinators

Greetings from NASA and the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign, As you know, we have a series of informal webinars ongoing each month that bring together members of the campaign with scientists, researchers, professionals, and informal educators to show what the studies of trees mean to their disciplines. Right now, we are seeking teachers and students to present their research at future campaign webinars. You can present on: How we collect tree height, land cover, Green Up/Green Down data! How we analyze the data we collect! The types of research projects we can...


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  Welcome Message from Dr. Russanne Low, GLOBE Mission Mosquito Science Lead   Welcome to the GLOBE Mission Mosquito Scientists’ Blog. Student scientists, citizen scientists of all ages, and full-time researchers discuss and explore how changing weather[TS1] , extreme weather events, land cover modification, insect ecology and even human behavior influence the numbers, range and distribution of mosquitoes we see on the landscape.  The scientists you meet in this blog are interested in a wide variety of questions. We invite you initiate and engage in discussions with...


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It’s that time of the year again! In the Northern Hemisphere, the chlorophyll in leaves are breaking down causing the green in leaves to disappear and allowing for orange and yellow colors to become visible. At GLOBE, we call this process Green-Down, and if you have not started collecting your Green-Down data yet, it's not too late*! *If you are in the U.S., you can track the annual progressive changing of the leaves with this Fall Foliage Prediction Map from Smokey Mountains. (https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/) The GLOBE Plant Color Guide The Green-Down protocol is a fairly...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Biosphere » Green-Up / Green-Down Primary Audience: Teachers

To join the campaign, follow these steps: Visit the Campaign Community Page, scroll down, and click the "Join Community" link above the map. Take Biometry Tree Height measurements. Decide which other Protocols you and your students will use to take local environmental measurements. Start taking your protocol measurements and submit them to GLOBE through the Data Entry Page. Connect with us by attending the campaign Webinars and engage in some discussions with other GLOBE schools, scientists, researchers, and campaign team. Work with your students to develop potential research...


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The NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) launched from Vandenberg AFB on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 6:02am PDT. On September 30, 2018, ICESat-2 fired its first laser and on October 3, NASA received the first height measurements from the satellite. A visualization of ICESat-2 data, called a photon cloud, shows the first set of height measurements from the satellite, taken as it orbited over the Antarctic ice sheet. Each blue dot represents a photon detected by the ATLAS instrument. This photon cloud shows the elevation measured by photons in the middle of the...


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Welcome Message from Dr. Russanne Low, GLOBE Mission Mosquito Science Lead   Welcome to the GLOBE Mission Mosquito Scientists’ Blog. This is the space on the campaign site where student scientists, citizen scientists of all ages, and full-time researchers discuss and explore how changing weather, extreme weather events, land cover modification, insect ecology, and even human behavior influence the numbers, range, and distribution of mosquitoes we see on the landscape.  The scientists you meet in this blog are interested in a wide variety of questions. We invite you to initiate...


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The NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) launched from Vandenberg AFB on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 6:02am PDT. On September 30, 2018, ICESat-2 fired its first laser and on October 3, NASA received the first height measurements from the satellite. A visualization of ICESat-2 data, called a photon cloud, shows the first set of height measurements from the satellite, taken as it orbited over the Antarctic ice sheet. Each blue dot represents a photon detected by the ATLAS instrument. This photon cloud shows the elevation measured by photons in the middle of the...


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

It is here! The Urban Heat Island Effect/Surface Temperature Campaign for 2018-2019 will start October 1. I am so excited to be kicking off a new campaign. There are so many more schools and students participating that it is very exciting. The Urban Heat Island is a very current and timely research topic to study. This past summer there were heat waves in Japan, the United Kingdom and Europe as well as parts of the United States. Heat waves are now the natural disasters causing the most deaths in the United States. Urban Heat Island Effect makes cities even warmer than surrounding areas...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Surface Temperature

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 2nd 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 protocols in two of my classes. My Biology classes...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Biosphere » Biometry (including Tree Height) Atmosphere » Clouds Primary Audience: Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Secondary: 9-12 Protocol Specific Documents » Protocol

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 lot of times scientists...


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: Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Trainers Students Partners Alumni Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Investigation Area Documents

Here is the recording of my 3-minute lightening talk at the Google Earth Engine User Summit 2018 meeting. "Planetary Education: Google Earth Engine + The GLOBE Program" Read more about this event here: https://medium.com/google-earth/2018-earth-engine-user-summit-recap-4da4665d5ee8 I invite students, teachers, and partners to add a comment below if you would like to explore how to use GLOBE data with this powerful remote sensing tool.


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Scientist Skills News Topics: Video Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

After a couple days with very high heat indexes for north central Ohio [which resulted in school being closed on Wednesday], the temperatures dropped to a level that allowed my students in Citizen Science Research to head out to two of our atmospheric sites.  I walked them through the site definition on one site, leaving the 2nd site for them to complete next week.   They also worked through the cloud protocol in small teams and then compared observations.  With the images included on the cloud data sheet, they all felt comfortable with this protocol.  They also...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Surface Temperature

The ICESat-2 Satellite will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California on Saturday, September 15, 2016. At this time, the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign will officially begin. If you happen to find yourself in Lompoc, California for the launch, please take a look at this Explore Lompoc web site. It provides some great information about all the ICESat-2 launch activities that will be happening. We also have an ICESat-2 Launch Outreach page that showcases launch information and a launch party kit. The launch of the ICESat-2 satellite will launch the Tress...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Precipitation Biosphere » Carbon Cycle Atmosphere » Air Temperature Atmosphere » Surface Temperature Pedosphere (Soil) » Soil Temperature Biosphere Biosphere » Biometry (including Tree Height) Biosphere » Land Cover Classification Biosphere » Green-Up / Green-Down

In the words of Steve Martin "I am a wild and crazy guy"!  I am a recovering wildlife biologist who was suffering at the hands of the all powerful "Man".  My family life was tough, my finances were tougher.  And so I did the one thing I could think of to remedy the situation.  I quit my job as a biologist lackey and joined the ranks of substitute teachers.  Not only did the money not flow like a raging river like I expected, but I found a real gap in the science education of our children.  I started a small business where I began to develop a new approach to...


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Arrived at school this morning to find that the surface temp gun and kestrel I ordered from Amazon were waiting for me in my mailbox.   Looking forward to opening the box of items I ordered from Forestry Suppliers - cloud charts and leaf color charts.  Last week I had my students do an intro activity on collecting data in the field - they completed a survey of plant populations in our school courtyards using transects and grids.    


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In GLOBE, there are two major perspectives on the global environment – the spheres and the Earth system. The Teacher’s Guide and the new sphere pages build on the approach that examines Earth as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and pedosphere. The study of Earth System Science focuses on the cycles that connect the spheres – the Energy, Water, and Biogeochemical. The Honor Roll provides recognition of those who report in depth in one area or another. There are three honor rolls recognizing Atmosphere measurement reporting; one for Hydrosphere;, and two each for Biosphere and...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Field Campaigns: El Niño SMAP Surface Temperature GPM Carbon Cycle GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Earth System Science

A little back story about this post: I was talking to an educator about the different options to enter GLOBE data including emailing it. For some reason the instruction file on emailing data was in HTML. I copied and pasted the HTML file into my blog source so it would be more readable. Below are the instructions for emailing data entry. As far as I know, the information is still current. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Email Data Entry Formats for GLOBE GLOBE Email Data Entry Note: Last updated February, 2014   INDEX Message Basics (//AA and //ZZ) Data Formating...


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I just updated HoloGLOBE to v1.0.2. For those of you new to this app, HoloGLOBE brings NASA and NOAA visualizations of the Earth to the palm of your hand through augmented reality (AR). You can read more about the app here: http://www.palmyracove.org/InstituteforEarthObservations/HoloGLOBE.aspx In this latest release, I have added play/pause functionality to the MyNASAData module. The MyNASAData is essentially an augmented reality version of GLOBE's Earth System Poster. In addition the new ICESat-2 module has been added. The ICESat-2 module was built by Emme Wiederhold, a student at...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Assessment and Evaluation Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Other Science Symposia and Fairs Meetings Workshops Competitions Field Campaigns: SCRC - Phase 2 SCRC FLEXE Carbon Cycle Watersheds Seasons and Biomes SCUBAnauts El Niño GGIC SCRC - Phase 1 SMAP Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Meetings/Conferences Climate Scientist Skills Earth as a System GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs Regions Calendar SCRC Research Training Competitions Meetings Video Web Maintenance / Enhancements Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Time Requirement Language Standards Requirement Investigation Area Documents

HoloGLOBE is now available on the Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/hologlobe/id1411588929?ls=1&mt=8 Please send me comments and suggestions. And of course SPREAD THE WORD!!! I will use this Blog to announce issues, changes,  and upcoming features to the app.                      


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From June to August, Center for Education and Development (CED) colorable with Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) to deployment new project "GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention". The GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention project will be pushing the edge of citizen science impact, aiming to enlist thousands of students, teachers, and community leaders to collect data on mosquitoes for a global mapping project.  This project has an ambitious target of 100,000 data submissions contributed by the end of 2019.  Global data collection on this scale will provide the information needed to...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Event Topics: Workshops GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols Learning Activities: Hydrology Teacher's Guide: Protocol Specific Documents » Protocol

The UND GLOBE 2018 Summer Training Workshop was scheduled for 30-31 July 2018.  Unfortunately the enrollment was not high enough so it was cancelled.   Attached is the postcard we used to advertise our GLOBE Workshop at our local Science Teacher's Association Conference. Next year, we plan to obtain a table at the conference and offer Elementary GLOBE books/binders for sale (at cost) in order to better advertise GLOBE and hopefully have more teachers want to attend our workshop.


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        By Mrs. Berthy Buah - Country Coordinator GLOBE Ghana                                                               Greater Accra Regional STMIE Coordinator   The world Mosquito Day which is celebrated annually in honouring the scientist who  first discovered that the female Anopheles mosquito transmit malaria in 1987-Sir Ronald Ross is being  used to educate people on the causes...


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Greetings from NASA and the ICESat-2 Satellite Mission,   As you may know, the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on September 15, 2018. ICESat-2 will be a satellite that will use an on-board laser system to measure the height of Earth’s ice, trees, oceans, geographic features, among others.   For several days before the launch, the ICESat-2 Outreach Team will be conducting many pre-launch activities, near the launch site, that showcase the ICESat-2 Mission. One of these events, in partnership...


Posted in: Event Topics: Workshops GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science GLOBE Protocols Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere News Topics: Training Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Hello, GLOBE Family! You may be familiar with my dichotomous cloud key!  I am a meteorologist and educator who is interested in better understanding students ideas of weather and climate related topics. Would you help me launch an international research study to compare students' understanding around the WORLD and around different climate zones? How well can our students differentiate between WEATHER and CLIMATE and how well do they understand the complex ideas of CLIMATE CHANGE. Would you be willing to have your students take 20 minutes to complete this 25...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Climate Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Biosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators