July 2018 GLOBE News Brief

2018 GLE Has Come to a Close – A Success of Community and Global Proportions!

GLE parade through the town of Killarney, Ireland, on opening day.
GLE parade through the town of Killarney, Ireland, on opening day.

The 2018 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE), held this week in Killarney, Ireland, came to a close on Friday, 06 July. Almost 400 participants from more than 35 countries launched the event with a jubilant parade through the town of Killarney. Everyone maintained high spirits despite record-breaking high temperatures and lack of rain; Killarney is now officially experiencing drought conditions! 

 Participants engaged in an amazing weeklong examination of various field sites in Killarney National Park; student presentations; a storytelling workshop; cultural presentations; special interest and professional development sessions; and addresses by GLOBE Director Dr. Tony Murphy, sponsors, scientists, and extraordinary student keynote speakers from the regions. Everyone agreed that the beautiful setting; the extraordinarily helpful Killarney Park administration and rangers; Killarney town police; An Taisce (GLOBE Ireland's organization); hotel event managers; and the collegial GLOBE students and community members in attendance made for a memorable event that is likely to live on in the minds and hearts of participants for years to come.
 
The GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) would like to thank everyone for their participation and contributions – helping to make this scientific and educational event a success of community and global proportions.
 
You can find photos shared by the participants themselves on the GLE photo sharing site
(www.globe.gov/gle2018). 

Note to participants: photos can be added to this site as you return home and have time to upload your photos. New photos are likely to be added daily.

 

News 

New GLOBE Carbon Cycle Teacher's Guide Protocol/eTraining Now Live!

The GLOBE Program is pleased to announce that a new “Carbon Cycle Protocol” and Carbon Cycle eTraining modules are now live. The global carbon cycle is the movement of carbon between the atmosphere, land, and oceans – and is a key regulator of Earth’s climate system and is central to ecosystem function.
 
The new GLOBE Carbon Cycle Protocol (which has been added to the GLOBE Teacher’s Guide, Data Entry, and the Visualization and Advanced Data Access Tool/ADAT) and eTraining uses a systems-thinking approach to gain a foundation in the carbon cycle and its relation to climate and energy. The new materials (which ask students/teachers to enter measurement data for three types of vegetation: trees, shrubs, and herbaceous) incorporate a diverse set of activities geared toward upper-middle and high school students, including:

  • Introductory Learning Activities: Hands-on activities that introduce important concepts such as pools, fluxes, and equilibrium.
  • Plant-A-Plant Experiments: Hands-on cultivation experiments (with options for structured, guided, or open levels of inquiry).
  • Protocols and Field Learning Activities: Skills designed to help you collect and analyze data to determine the biomass and carbon storage in the vegetation near your school, including guides for uploading and interpreting data. Protocols can be done in Standard (homogeneous vegetation) or Non-standard (school yard, city park) sites.
  • Modeling: Computer models (at varying levels of complexity) to help you predict the change in biomass and carbon storage over time, and give students the opportunity to use an important scientific tool.
  • Teacher Support: Comprehensive eTraining modules; NGSS-correlated materials; ready-to-use assessment materials; and background information on carbon, systems, models, and inquiry teaching.

To check out this new protocol, click here. To check out the eTraining modules, click here.
To learn more about GLOBE eTraining, click here.


GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention Project Completes Three Successful Regional Mosquito Trainings

Group in Hanoi
Participants at the Regional Mosquito Training (RMT) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

In June, the third of three Regional Mosquito Trainings (RMTs) took place as part of the GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention project (funded through support from the U.S. Department of State). More than 100 representatives from 49 GLOBE countries attended the RMTs:

  • Asia and Pacific Region RMT (10-11 May), which took place in Hanoi, Vietnam, with more than 35 participants from 15 GLOBE countries 
  • Latin America and Caribbean Region RMT (22-32 May), which took place in Lima, Peru, with more than 35 participants from 17 GLOBE countries 
  • Africa Region RMT (07-08 June), which took place in Lomé, Togo, with more than 40 participants from 17 GLOBE countries.  

The GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) would like to thank Desh Bandhu (Coordinator, Asia and Pacific Regional Coordination Office), Mariana Savino (Coordinator, Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coordination Office), and Mark Brettenny (Coordinator, Africa Regional Coordination Office), and their teams, for hosting the trainings. GIO would also like to thank GLOBE Trainers Kris Jaroensutasinee, Mullica Jaroensutasinee, Rusty Low, and Dorian Janey for sharing their expertise with the participants. 

Participants at the RMT in Lima, Peru.
Participants at the RMT in Lima, Peru.

RMT participants included GLOBE Country Coordinators, trainers, and public health officials. Participants were trained as GLOBE master trainers on the use of the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper mobile phone app and low-cost phone microscopes. 

Thumbs-up at RMT in Lima, Peru.
Thumbs-up at RMT in Lima, Peru.

RMT participants were given hands‑on training so that they could understand which types of mosquitoes are breeding in their communities; how to collect larvae samples safely; how to upload photos/data into the global map tracker; and ways to eliminate breeding places. Countries also developed Country Action Plans, which provide details regarding their intent to apply for, and receive support for, their own Country Mosquito Trainings (CMTs) and Local Mosquito Workshops (LMWs).

 

Participants at the RMT in Lomé, Togo.
Participants at the RMT in Lomé, Togo.

The next step is for Country Coordinators in each country to decide how they will organize Country Mosquito Trainings for community leaders, scientists, and public health officials about the project. CMT participants will then, in turn, receive the tools and techniques they need to train people at the local level, at LMWs, in the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper.

GIO estimates that the GLOBE Zika Education and Prevention project will train up to 100,000 citizen scientists in the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper! Learn more about this exciting initiative here: globe.gov/mosquitoes.

 


 GLOBE Stars -- See How We Shine!

A recent GLOBE “Star Story” shined a light on a dazzling example of GLOBE community initiative, passion, and scientific excellence, “Students at Lexington School for the Deaf in New York (USA) Participate in GLOBE Air Quality Campaign – Discover Their Power to Contribute to Science in a Significant Way.” 

Smiling children

In March 2018, GLOBE students at the Lexington School for the Deaf (located in East Elmhurst, New York, USA) began participating in the GLOBE U.S. Air Quality Student Research Campaign. Raising their focus to the sky, the high school students soon became adept at using GLOBE’s atmosphere protocols and Calitoo sun photometers to gather their elevated observations. Along the way, they also discovered their ability – as individuals and as a team – to make significant contributions to science.

Kid looking up.The students’ teacher, Jillian Anderson, said that the scientific endeavor gave the students new-found confidence – in themselves and in each other. “My students have started to realize that they are indeed contributing to science in a significant way! Not only are they learning about Earth science, but they have also started to understand the impact each individual has on the Earth, as a system,” Anderson said. 

“I think it is important for my students to realize that they have great skills that can help others. Since American Sign Language is a visual language, these students’ visual skills are top-notch! Therefore; their observations may very well be amongst the most reliable. My students’ involvement in GLOBE may bring awareness and interest in Deaf culture to other GLOBE students, teacher, and scientists – and that is very important to me as well.”

“The participation of Lexington School for the Deaf students is important to GLOBE,” Anderson said, “because it can inspire others to include underrepresented students so that GLOBE can have a very rich and diverse group of citizen scientists collaborating with each other.”
 
NASA’s Dr. Pippin agreed. “We encourage them to keep up their great work, and we invite other schools to continue submitting their observations to the GLOBE website as well.”
The students crafted a special video to share their scientific excursion into the clouds. To watch the video and learn more about their scientific work, click here. To read the full Star Story, click here.
 
To check out more GLOBE Star Stories, click here.

Do you have a GLOBE Star Story to share? GLOBE Stars are stories of projects, people and extraordinary activities being conducted around the world in connection to GLOBE. These are our GLOBE Stars, the bright lights that spark our imagination and inspire us with news of GLOBE at work in the world. If so, GLOBE wants to hear all about it! Send your story of people, projects, or activities to share on the GLOBE website.

For instructions on how to submit a Star Story, and an easy-to-fill-out template, click here!


Check Out the Most Recent GLOBE Publication

books on a computer

Are you keeping up with the most recent GLOBE publications highlighting GLOBE data? For example, did you catch the article “Connected Climate Change Learning Through Citizen Science,” written by K.V. Spellman, E.B. Sparrow, M.J. Chase, A. Larson, and K. Kealy, published in Connected Science Learning? The article discusses how educators in rural Alaska assessed and implemented strategies for indigenous youth to use GLOBE protocols in order to study local changes in climate.

GLOBE has a long history of sharing impact and science findings through peer-reviewed publications on the GLOBE website. The peer-review process ensures that published articles represent the best scholarship currently available. Each article that is submitted to a peer-reviewed journal is sent to other scholars in the same field in order to get their opinion on the quality of research, the relevance to the field, and its appropriateness for inclusion in the journal.

To read the article, click here. To see the list of publications, click here.

Have you published about GLOBE? If so, please let us know. We will add your publications to our list and share them with the community!
Simply contact us at help@globe.gov – and see your data in action!


European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium 2019 13-17 May 2019, Milan, Italy

The European Space Agency Living Planet Symposium 2019 (LPS19), organized with the support of the Italian Space Agency, will be held from 13-17 May, in Milan, Italy. This event is held every three years (the last one was held in 2016, and was attended by over 3,000 participants).

The focus of the event is on how Earth observation contributes to science and society, and how disruptive technologies and actors are changing the traditional Earth observation landscape, which is also creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions. 

Deadline for registration is 30 April 2019.
For more information, click here.