GLOBE Data User Guide

GLOBE Data User Guide

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To discover all the various ways to use GLOBE data, download the GLOBE Data User Guide (PDF) (version 2.0, effective 30 December 2022).

Learn how to access and interpret GLOBE data with this Data User Guide. Inside, members can find appendices on GLOBE's associated metadata, the types of variables available for download, primers on our different protocols and more.

GLOBE data is collected and submitted by GLOBE-trained teachers, students and citizen scientists. GLOBE also collects additional data from automated weather stations and individual data loggers. Through the hard work of these participants, over 200 million measurements have been logged into GLOBE archives and made available for public use.

Version 1.0 of the Data User Guide is available for reference.

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Changes Incorporated in Volume 2

The following announcements were incorporated into Volume 2 and are kept here for archival purposes.

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  • 2019-09-23 GLOBE Observer elevation data-1

    GLOBE Observer elevation data 23 September 2019 GLOBE's GPS protocol states that a site's elevation is in relation to mean sea level (MSL). In 1995, the thinking was that sites would be only...

  • 2019-10-01 GLOBE Observer land cover launch date correction-1

    GLOBE Observer land cover launch date correction 1 October 2019 The land cover tool in the GLOBE Observer mobile app was launched in September 2018. The GLOBE Data User Guide v1.0 incorrectly...

  • 2019-10-09 Latitude and longitude data-1

    Latitude and longitude data 9 October 2019 Effective September 15, 2019, the site location as defined by the Military Grid Reference System (MGRS) and the true latitude and longitude of an...

  • 2020-01-26 GLOBE API - Change Announcement

    26 January 2020 Summary of Changes: We are modifying the GLOBE API so that variables currently output as strings are output as integers, floats and booleans. This will provide data type consistency...

  • 2021-05-28 Filter by Teams Available

    GLOBE's Advanced Data Access Tool (ADAT) and API (ElasticSearch) now support the ability to find measurements by GLOBE team name. With the API, you will need to know the exact spelling of the team...