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Before the L.A. GLOBE Conference in 2015, I sent a request to Gwynne Shotwell for a mini-learning expedition to the Space X HQ in Hawthorne. The HQ could only take a small group and it included the GLOBE Africa Coordinator, a GLOBE Japan Partner and Trainer, a GLOBE Japan teacher, GLOBE students from San Diego and their parents.  Since then GLOBE training in Okinawa focused on Integrated One Day Atmospheric Measurements and the Cloud Cover Protocol, using the app GLOBE Observer. Trainees are introduced to the satellites that measure clouds from above and that we supplement...


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Are you taking GLOBE water quality measurements as part of the ENSO Student Research Campaign? If so, please consider joining the new GLOBE Water Quality Collaboration Group (GWQCG). Led by Bob Connick, GLOBE schools from across the world are taking water quality measurements that help explore one of the ENSO Campaign's Guiding Investigative Questions, "What is the quality of water in our environment?" By learning all about the water quality measurements in a local setting, one can learn just how these local measurements helps us understand the global picture of water quality and its...


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

I've been digging through my Inbox, trying to clear out some of the large files from the past. I'm at a critical point as these files are triggering invitations to buy more space for storage. Rather than doing that, I'm deleting instead! But during this process, I've come across some resources and discussions that I always seem to forget exist already on the GLOBE website. I thought that perhaps I'd write a couple blog posts and point out some of these for anyone following my blog. This first one is a training agenda from 2003! A group of us were invited to Washington, D.C. to work on...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math GLOBE Science Topics: General Science GLOBE Protocols Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Biosphere » Biometry (including Tree Height) Biosphere Biosphere » Land Cover Classification

We had a fabulous webinar this afternoon in which students in both North America and South America shared their work on using GLOBE protocols to learn more about water in their environment. Meriam Kalloe, the GLOBE Assistant Country Coordinator for Suriname, brought together many students from Anton Resida Middle School who shared information on their use of several GLOBE hydrology protocols to study the quality of water in three locations near their school. They plan to continue to monitor the quality of the water in those three sites. Then Jeff Bouwman's middle school students...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: El Niño SMAP GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Meetings/Conferences Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair SCRC Research Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

A Very Special ENSO Student Research Campaign SODA Webinar will begin in 1 hour. The webinar will be live from Puerto Rico and will focus on Water Quality after Hurricane Maria. Two student teams from the Ramey school will be presenting their GLOBE ENSO research today. Learn more HERE! Join us at: https://zoom.us/j/7578241037


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

This week we are very excited to highlight the work of Ms. Jillian Anderson and her high school students at the Lexington School for the Deaf, in Queens, NY. Ever since they joined the U.S. GLOBE Air Quality Student Research Campaign, they have been going outside to make observations of the atmosphere every day! The students have been submitting both Clouds and Aerosol Optical Thickness observations and we want to thank them for their valuable contribution to science.   We encourage them to keep up their great work and we invite other schools to continue submitting...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Aerosols Primary Audience: Teachers Students Partners Scientists

We breathe in the oxygen they produce, clamber up their branches, pick their delicious fruits and sit in their shade – and now it’s time for trees to have the spotlight! NASA’s ICESat-2 mission wants to meet you and your favorite tree. It could be a giant sequoia or a maple sapling, a wetland mangrove or a desert cactus. It could be a favorite climbing tree, a place for reflection, a support for a swing, or anything else meaningful to you. Create a short video starring you and your tree, and it could be included in a NASA video feature on an upcoming citizen science project. In orbit...


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At 5:00pm EDT (9:00pm UTC), we will be hosting the next ENSO Short Observation & Data Analysis (SODA) Webinar: Live from Stratford, Connecticut! The topic being presented by students today is "Does Data Drive Questions or Do Questions Drive Data?" Learn More About it HERE! Join us today at 5:00pm EDT at https://zoom.us/j/7578241037


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño Investigation Areas: Earth As a System Atmosphere Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Have you ever wondered how to collect data using a GLOBE protocol and compare that data to that of a satellite flying at over 15,000 Mph (24,140 Kmh)? A group of freshman students, under the instruction of Dr. Jodi Haney, at Bowling Green State University did just that. As part of the ENSO Student Research Campaign, these students conducted research by collecting soil moisture, surface temperature, cloud cover, and relative humidity. Date-stamped comparisons were conducted among all these variables. The student compared several data variables in their research and tied it all into how...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño SMAP Investigation Areas: Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Atmosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

GLOBE Ghana in collaboration with UNESCO Office in Ghana and Regional Environmental Office for West and Central Africa  at American Embassy Ghana, EPA AND TWUMY Graphy organised this year's Earth Day Celebration on the 24th of April, 2018, under the Theme Connecting the Public and Classroom to Climate Change and Plastic Pollution. About 80 people including GLOBE students, Ghana police and Military Education Directorate, the Clergy, STEM coordinators,  Scientists,  Education Directorsl and many more attended the programme  The Director General of Ghana Education Service...


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Greetings from Grosse Ile, Michigan (United States of America)! Recently, I had the honor of being published in the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) April/May 2018 edition of Science and Children with my good friend, Dr. Stein Brunvand (Associate Dean - University of Michigan - Dearborn - College of Education, Health, and Human Services).  Dr. Brunvand and I shared some ideas for introducing Citizen Science and technology in an elementary classroom setting.  Many of these best practices were utilized when I was a fifth grade teacher at Frank E. Weiss Elementary...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Field Campaigns: SMAP GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Pedosphere (Soil) » Soil Moisture - SMAP Block Pattern Pedosphere (Soil) Primary Audience: Trainers Students Teachers

We would like to share with you some tips on how to keep your Calitoo instrument up and running: Keep your instrument indoors until the time of measurement. The instrument detector is sensitive to temperature and performs best near room temperature (~70F or ~21C). Don’t let your instrument overheat. Also don’t make measurements in extreme cold unless instrument is insulated from cold. Don’t forget to TURN OFF your instrument after you’re done measuring! To turn off, press the button for a few seconds until the screen reads: “Stop in progress”. When batteries start going low, the...


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This has been a great year for the Urban Heat Island/Surface Temperature Student Research Campaign. More schools and more students have participated than ever before. I posted a 7 minute "Thank You" video here on https://youtu.be/QPfmAbMrwE4 Youtube. Urban Heat Island is a growing issue worldwide. More than 50% of the population of the world lives in urban areas. Much of this growth has been in developing. I went to research presentations about UHI at the American Association of Geography (AAG) meeting in New Orleans this week. There were many talks about UHI and using satellite imagery to...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Surface Temperature

Eight-grade students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel School have been very active during our GLOBE 2017-18 U.S. Air Quality Student Research Campaign. In fact, they recently submitted their team projects to the GLOBE 2018 International Virtual Science Symposium. All students have done remarkable work and one of the most important skills they have developed is collaboration. Among these students, one of them stood out for becoming a Calitoo expert user and for helping not only the members of her own team, but also the members of all other teams, with her accurate AOT measurements. This...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Earth System Science GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Aerosols Primary Audience: Teachers Students Partners

Did you know that NASA Applied Sciences has a Water Resources Program? Check it out HERE!


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Візит делегації вихованців та педагогів  Івано-Франківської міської дитячої екологічної  станції до середньої школи с.Шааб, що в Ізраїлі   Людей і держави зближують спільні повсякденні клопоти й прагнення. Ми маємо спільне бажання створити нове, щасливе майбутнє для наших людей. Спасибі вам за плідну співпрацю між нашими чудовими містами й країнами! Хочемо подякувати за теплий прийом, гостинність і захоплюючу культурну програму, надану нам під час візиту.   Впродовж  22-27 березня 2018 року, делегація учнів та педагогів Івано-Франківської міської дитячої...


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The GLOBE Clouds team got to celebrate World Meteorological Day with the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Dr. Petteri Taalas through a Facebook live filmed live from NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.    Join the celebration by watching the recorded Facebook live below.     View event on Facebook at - https://www.facebook.com/nasaearth/videos/10156418942207139/


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Other GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Backyard Science Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Water quality is a very important environmental variable that must be actively monitored. Water quality differs everywhere across the planet and is vital to human health and survival. One of the three ENSO Student Research Campaign's 'Guiding Investigative Questions' says, "What is the quality of water in our environment?" This question opens up a new level of observation, research, and action. Students from around the world are taking measurements through several GLOBE Protocol including, but not limited to: pH Alkalinity Dissolved Oxygen Water Transparency Water Temperature ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño Investigation Areas: Earth As a System Atmosphere Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

   Today we will get a closer at look at the values displayed on our Calitoo screen. When you first turn on your Calitoo, you will get a screen like the following: note the serial number of your instrument will be displayed.                After the initial screen, your instrument will display basic information as shown on the following picture (Source: http://www.calitoo.fr/uploads/documents/en/usermanual_2016_en.pdf) TIP: The temperature displayed by your Calitoo is actually the temperature inside the instrument. When you...


Posted in: Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Aerosols News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners

How often have we heard our country coordinator say that they need us to submit news? I think just about every meeting we have I hear about it. Jen (the U.S. country coordinator) even has a tag line at the end of her emails with a phone number to submit news. I never submit things to GLOBE news because I don’t feel that I do anything newsworthy. I was talking to some other GLOBE partners and found out that they would like to hear more about how we do some things here at the Purdue GLOBE Partnership. Who would have thought we would have been doing things interesting to others? Well news can...


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Bill Smith, left, along with Kris Bedka. The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is excited to share with you this recent news article about two NASA scientists that help match your observations with satellite data - Bill Smith and Kris Bedka. They, along with Louis Nguyen lead SatCORPS, at team at NASA Langley Research Center that use expertise in clouds to make better weather predictions.  Read more about their work at https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/how-cloud-data-is-improving-weather-forecasts   


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Other GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Scientist Skills General Science GLOBE Protocols Climate Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

As spring begins here in the northern hemisphere, we often see seasonal changes in our precipitation patterns. As most of you know, heavy rains can result in the mass movement of land- known as "landslides".  These natural hazards occur all over the world, and often result in destruction of property and even death. Scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center are in the process of building an open worldwide database for landslide research- and we need you to help us out! Learn about the "Landslide Reporter" citizen science program in this blog.  Learn more about NASA's...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Other Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Training Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Teachers Trainers Students Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

We are excited to have such a response to the NASA GLOBE Clouds: Spring Cloud Observations Data Challenge. Remember, top observers will be congratulated by a NASA scientist! Click here to learn more about the challenge.  Are you wondering about the clouds you are reporting and the type of weather you might experience in your area? Here is a guide to how cloud types are related to weather!  The information below was taken from the NOAA's SciJinks webpage - https://scijinks.gov/clouds/   


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Competitions Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Las nubes, son diminutas gotas de agua líquida en suspensión, o heladas si se encuentran a suficiente altura. Estas pequeñas gotas se mantienen en el aire debido a su pequeño tamaño, que oscila entre 0,2 y 0,3 mm de diámetro.   Sólo caen en forma de precipitación cuando llegan a medir entre 1 y 5 milímetros. Su color blanco característico se debe a que la luz del Sol que incide en estas gotitas, las cuales reflejan los colores visibles que conforman la luz, quedando así la mezcla de todos ellos, es decir, el blanco.  


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It’s almost spring, the time of year when the looming change in seasons could lead to some pretty fascinating cloud activity in the sky. NASA and the GLOBE Program are asking for your help by taking part in a citizen science cloud observation challenge. From March 15 through April 15, citizen scientists of all ages can make up to 10 cloud observations per day using the GLOBE Observer app or one of the other data entry options (for trained GLOBE members). Challenge participants with the most observations will be congratulated by a NASA scientist in a video...


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Today we start a series of posts devoted to providing information, tips, tricks and answers to frequently asked questions by Calitoo users! So, how do you measure Aerosol Optical Thickness (AOT) with a Calitoo? First and foremost: NEVER look directly at the sun! And…ONLY take measurements when the sun is not obstructed by clouds. TIP: Use your hand(s) to cover the sun; if you see any clouds on either side of your hand(s), do NOT take any measurements. Wait until the sun is not obstructed by clouds. Now, the Calitoo sun photometer measures AOT values at 465 nm, 540 nm and 619 nm. ...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: General Science GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Aerosols News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Students Teachers Partners

Hello, GLOBE Universe, No need to be cloudy and confused with identifying clouds!  There are easy questions that you can ask yourself to help identify what beautiful clouds you are seeing floating high above you. I created a Cloud Identification Guide to step you and your students through identifying clouds.  Here's a quick summary of the main questions.  Inside the cloud guide, there are additional hints to help you tell the difference between similar looking clouds by using special clues. Is it raining? -- this is the first important question because there are two...


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The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is excited to highlight Mr. Gary Popiolkowski, a middle school science teacher at Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School in Houston, PA, USA. Mr. Popiolkowski has been teaching for 44 years and has been a GLOBE teacher since 1995. He has had his students doing cloud observations for the past 18 years, submitting over 15,000 observations! He has also been doing virtual connections with Patumwan Demonstration School in Thailand each year for the past four years. We ask Mr. Popiolkowski how he does it! Here is what he shared: Each period of the day the students...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Science and Math Event Topics: Other GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Surface Temperature Atmosphere » Clouds Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Alumni Scientists Country Coordinators

The GLOBE Program is in a unique position to provide citizens worldwide with amazing benefits. One of the biggest benefits, I feel, it that of gaining a larger perspective. I work at Goddard Space Flight Center with the GPM (Global Precipitation Measurement) mission. This Earth-observing satellite is able to measure global precipitation and update these measurements every 30 minutes. You can see the latest data animation for the past week here. As NASA is a key sponsor of The GLOBE Program, many of us who work for NASA are able to share the unique perspectives that Earth-observing...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds El Niño Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Climate Change Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Regions Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

"Under a three-year agreement signed on Feb. 22, NASA will support two Conservation International-led initiatives, one focused on land ecosystems in Africa, the other on water resources along the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. NASA researchers will analyze and model remote-sensing data from the agency’s fleet of Earth-observing missions and commercial satellites, mapping ecosystems at regional and national scales. Satellite data, with its coverage of broad swaths of terrain, are critical for understanding the impacts of human activity on the environment." Sanje Waterfall in Udzungwa...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators