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March GLOBE Urban Heat Island Effect/Surface Temperature Student Research Campaign Numbers In!


Photo of UHIE campaign participants

The GLOBE Urban Heat Island Effect/Surface Temperature Field Campaign Student Research Campaign finished up the 2018-2019 campaign with observations from 144 sites and over 2,400 surface temperature observations.

The campaign examines the impact urbanization has on the Earth’s surface temperature and how the surface temperature changes the dynamics of the Earth’s atmosphere. Studying the energy cycle is fundamental to understanding how the Earth’s spheres function within its system. The surface temperature measurements contribute data that are: a) not normally collected by weather agencies; b) for climate studies; and c) for ground-truthing satellite data.

In March, many of the participating schools were from the Great Lakes of the United States, Croatia, the Middle East, and Taiwan. The spatial distribution of schools participating is increasing, and there has been a substantial increase in schools from South America, the southern United States, Thailand, and South Korea.

All of the hard work and dedication invested in this campaign adds to the extensive data set that students and scientists, including Dr. C (Professor Kevin Czajkowski at the University of Toledo) can use to study the urban heat island effect. Whether you are at an urban school, suburban school, or rural school, your observations continue to be vital to this campaign.  

To learn more about the campaign, click here.

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News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office