A fun and easy way to be involved in the Student Climate Research Campaign (SCRC) is by participating in the Climate and Land Cover (CLC) Intensive Observing Period (IOP). This quarterly IOP focuses on documenting and uploading land cover data into the GLOBE database. Scientists are then able to use these data to validate land cover in climate models. Knowing the right type of land cover is important to climate models, because it plays a role in both the energy and hydrologic cycles. For example, land cover plays an important role in how much solar energy is absorbed or reflected from the surface of the Earth, and how much water evaporates into the atmosphere depending on land cover or vegetation type.
In June of 2011, I discussed the CLC in a bit more detail, and featured a video from Dr. Sandy MacDonald discussing the importance of student-collected data. The April 2012 IOP has just begun, so I thought it would be a great time to discuss even more details about how to participate – a list of “do’s and don’ts”.
It is important to note that only GLOBE schools can enter Land Cover data. If you're not a trained GLOBE school and you’d like to be involved in this IOP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you in touch with a nearby partner. If participation in April is difficult, the IOP will repeat in July! If you’ve been participating in past IOPs, we thank you! We’d love to hear about any changes you’ve seen in your land cover site! Please leave us a comment or email us at email@example.com!
*If you do submit a photo of your students participating in the CLC, we will follow-up with you in order to obtain a photo release form.