You may have heard the news- there is an exciting challenge this summer for GLOBE Observer users!
The challenge follows in the spirit of early cartographers, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and you can win one of two ways. First, use GLOBE Observer to map as much land cover as possible in any GLOBE country by September 2. The top data collectors in each GLOBE region will be recognized. Or, for U.S. users, head to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail between Pittsburgh, PA and the Oregon Coast, and take Land Cover and Mosquito Habitat...
The GLOBE Mission Mosquito campaign was delighted to have 23 IVSS projects submitted that used the Mosquito Habitat Mapper tool in their research. These projects came from students in elementary school through graduate students in college and were submitted from 15 different countries. You can view an interactive map of these projects here.
During the GLOBE Mission Mosquito Education webinar, we invited three of these students and their teachers to share their projects and some "Best Practices" with us. You can view the archived webinar here.
FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2019, HERE ARE THE TOP MOST ACTIVE GLOBE TREES AROUND THE GLOBE TEACHER/STUDENT RESEARCH CAMPAIGN PARTICIPANTS (EXTERNAL TO THE NASA/GLOBE TEAM) TAKING AT LEAST 10 MEASUREMENTS FOR TREE HEIGHT, GREENINGS, AND LAND COVER MEASUREMENTS FOR THE TREES AROUND THE GLOBE STUDENT RESEARCH CAMPAIGN!
THE MAPS REPRESENT THE TOP STUDENT/CAMPAIGN-BASED MEASUREMENT COUNTRIES FOR EACH OF THE THREE MEASUREMENTS.
POLAND UNITED STATES...
On May 28, 2019, NASA released ICESat-2 data through the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). This height data shows the elevation of ice sheets, sea ice, bodies of water, trees and forests, and much more. What we want for this campaign is to be able to compare student and citizen science tree height data to the ICESat-2 mission tree height data. Although the data is now public, it may not be in a form that is easily used for our comparisons, yet. We will be working with ICESat-2 scientists to determine the best way for us to use the data. Check out some of the tree height and canopy...
Our team has received several questions about what to do when mosquitoes are found in a natural habitat, such as an estuary or a wetland. When you use the Mosquito Habitat Mapper and your mosquito observations are finally logged, you are then prompted to do Step 4, “Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Habitat. By dumping or treating water you can significantly decrease the spread of mosquitoes.”
It’s important to clarify that Step 4 is referring to artificial or natural containers and human created water impoundments. Examples of water impoundments include things such as stock and cattle...
FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL 2019, HERE ARE THE TOP MOST ACTIVE GLOBE PARTICIPANTS (EXTERNAL TO THE NASA/GLOBE TEAM) TAKING AT LEAST 10 MEASUREMENTS FOR TREE HEIGHT, GREENINGS, AND LAND COVER MEASUREMENTS FOR THE TREES AROUND THE GLOBE STUDENT RESEARCH CAMPAIGN!
THE MAPS REPRESENT WHERE ALL OF THE CAMPAIGN PARTICIPANT MEASUREMENTS (+5) ARE FROM.
Snježana Marković-Zoraja - Croatia
Ana Beatriz Prieto - Argentina
Bohdana Vasylchyshyn - Ukraine
Valentina Badai - Ukraine
Andrzej Majkut - Poland
Kameel Mohammed-Ali - Trinidad and Tobago
I am pleased to announce that the Institute for Earth Observation’s at Palmyra Cove’s Innovation Lab is developing a virtual reality experience called Lunar Learning Expeditions that will allow visitors to explore the lunar surface. The first release models the Apollo 11 moon landing site where visitors can perform some of the early experiments as part of the Early Apollo Scientific Experiments Package (EASEP). Within virtual reality, visitors will experience a view from inside a space suit as they perform mission tasks. In-game spectator cameras will allow visitors who are waiting in line...
With the beginning of the mosquito season comes the need for protecting individuals and communities from mosquitoes. When you use the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper tool, you are not only providing useful surveillance information about when and where mosquitoes are found: you also are providing an important public service known as “source reduction.” Take a look around your home, park and school to see where you can reduce mosquito breeding in your neighborhood:
Remove all unnecessary containers where water can accidentally accumulate. Make sure water in pet bowls and in...
FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2019, HERE ARE THE TOP MOST ACTIVE GLOBE PARTICIPANTS TAKING AT LEAST 10 MEASUREMENTS FOR TREE HEIGHT, GREENINGS, AND LAND COVER MEASUREMENTS FOR THE TREES AROUND THE GLOBE STUDENT RESEARCH CAMPAIGN!
P. Nelson - United States
B. Campbell - United States
H. Mortimer - United States
B. Vasylchyshyn - Ukraine
D. Overoye - United States
K. Mohammed-Ali - Trinidad and Tobago
O. Movchan - Ukraine
M. Vollebregt - Netherlands
B. Žnidarić - Croatia
M. Algarni - Saudi Arabia
O. Danyliuk - Ukraine
Have you wondered how the GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley matches your cloud observations to satellite data? A new release titled "NASA GLOBE Clouds: Documentation on How Satellite Data is Collocated to Ground Cloud Observations" is now available from our satellite comparison page.
This document is written by the GLOBE Clouds team with support by various NASA scientists involved in the program or involved in the multitude satellites collocated or matched to your cloud observations.
Where to find the documentation?
Visit our NASA GLOBE Cloud Protocol Page on...
GLOBE teacher Vicky Gorman and her middle school students have been working hard to help reduce the threat of mosquito-transmitted disease in their region. Before they began to use the Mosquito Habitat Mapper, they did some research to find out which mosquito-transmitted diseases are found in their location. They live in Burlington County, New Jersey, outlined in red below.
Based on a brochure produced by the NJ government about mosquitoes in their state, the students found out that the two most prevalent diseases transmitted by mosquitoes are West Nile virus and Eastern Equine...
Check out this awesome resource, by the Forest Service, about trees, forests, climate change, and technology.
NATIONAL INQUIRER CLIMATE CHANGE EDITION
"Scientists report their research in journals, which are special booklets that enable scientists to share information with one another. This journal, the Natural Inquirer, was created so that scientists can share their research with you and with other
middle school students. Each article tells you about scientific research conducted by scientists in the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture."
"If you want to know more about the...
Across the Public Lab community, people are making their own maps using aerial photos (by balloon mapping, kite mapping, and the like) with the MapKnitter website - which helps people "stitch" or "knit" images into a combined map, using an existing satellite map base layer as a reference.
(this post was cross-posted on the Public Lab blog)
The core of MapKnitter's interface, the Leaflet.DistortableImage library, is seeing some new life as members of our coding community have started to dig in and make improvements! (This was made possible...
Check out NASA Langley's newly released story about the recent GLOBE North American Regional Meeting, hosted at NASA Langley, that included a day of training in clouds and aerosols.
GLOBE Participants practice using sun photometers at the GLOBE NARM at NASA Langley. Credits: NASA.
Grupo de profesores, organizadores, trainers y ayudantes del Taller de GLOBE en el Lago Lácar, San Martín de los Andes, Argentina
English version: end of the blog
Del 14 al 16 de febrero de 2019 se desarrolló el Taller del Programa GLOBE en la ciudad de San Martín de los Andes, Argentina. Este taller había sido solicitado por algunos docentes que ya conocían algunas actividades pero también se sumaron más profesores.
Gracias a la colaboración de muchas personas fue posible realizarlo. Los Supervisores de Media y Técnica de la Zona Sur de la Provincia de Neuquén: Prof. José Raúl...
FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2019, HERE ARE THE TOP MOST ACTIVE GLOBE PARTICIPANTS TAKING TREE HEIGHT, GREENINGS, AND LAND COVER MEASUREMENTS FOR THE TREES AROUND THE GLOBE STUDENT RESEARCH CAMPAIGN!
I. Kozlicic Juraga - Croatia
Z. Klarin - Croatia
J. Anicic - Croatia
J. Bouwman - United States
GREENINGS (GREEN UP/GREEN DOWN):
M. Algarni - Saudi Arabia
B. Vasylchyshyn - Ukraine
G. Šimunić - Croatia
B. Noreikiene - Lithuania
J. Anicic - Croatia
P. Nelson - United States
R. Low - United States
Have app, will travel! I am reporting from the field, the campus of the University of Hawaii, Manoa (UHM). I am meeting with citizen scientists here who are collecting data using the GLOBE Observer app. I had the good fortune to meet Dr. Floyd Reed, a professor in the Department of Biology. His lab is involved in modifying strains of Culex mosquitoes so that they are unable to transmit avian (bird) malaria, a disease responsible for the ongoing extinction of many of Hawai’i’s native bird species.
Dr. Reed agreed to go out and collect mosquitoes with us this morning, using the GLOBE...
Patchara Pongmanawut, a GLOBE teacher at the Princess Chulabhorn Science High School in the Trang Province in Thailand, has been doing fantastic work with her students. These students have been at the top of the Mosquito Habitat Mapper Honor Roll for the past month, and show no sign of slowing down!
"In Thailand, there are many mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, malaria, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile fever, St. Louis encephalitis, filariasis and Zika", Pongmanawut says. This has really inspired her and her students to go out...
Guiding Investigative Questions for Data Collection and Research
As you take tree height and other measurements as part of the campaign, we would like to offer several questions that you might like to answer. These Guiding Investigative Questions can help you with the "Why am I collecting this data and what does my data mean?
Where are trees growing and why are they there?
What can measuring tree height tell us about our local ecosystem?
What is the relationship between tree height and land cover?
What are the tools for measuring trees and the errors between them?
When it comes to getting students interested in climate change, there are many factors that we need to consider. The following tips provide ideas for getting students interested in the topic of climate change as well as some calls to action.
Tip #1: Make it Relevant
The best place to introduce the climate change topic is opening up discussion about skepticism. Talking about widespread denial of climate change is crucial to helping students see why sustainable energy sources are necessary. Discussing the different theories and presenting data and facts through projects, presentations,...
If you have used the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper, you know that the app allows you to identify your larva and apply its scientific name. You may have wondered why we use these names? For instance, Aedes aegypti’s common name is the “Yellow Fever Mosquito”. Why don’t we just use the common name when we talk about our work in this project?
A unique name, used across many different languages
There are many reasons why scientists use scientific names instead of common names. In the GLOBE Mission Mosquito Campaign, where people all over the world are identifying and reporting...
How have researchers in Oregon been measuring the height of super-tall trees that are hundreds of feet tall? See how they have classically done so and how modern technology can offer assistance. THINK LASERS!!!
Check it out here: "Finding Oregon's Tallest Trees Gets Help From Technology"
Data Data Everywhere! #1: How to get the 'T' out!
You may have noticed that the time format when you retrieve data from the GLOBE web site recently changed. The new format is YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.
We would like to show a quick and easy way to go back to the time format MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS.
1) Select the column that has the time format you want to change.
2) Copy the column to a new location on your spreadsheet; you do not want to manipulate the original column directly, to avoid losing data.
3) Make sure there is a blank column next to the column that you...
FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2019, HERE ARE THE TOP MOST ACTIVE GLOBE PARTICIPANTS TAKING TREE HEIGHT, GREENINGS, AND LAND COVER MEASUREMENTS FOR THE TREES AROUND THE GLOBE STUDENT RESEARCH CAMPAIGN!
M. SAMBOLEK - CROATIA
Z. KLARIN - CROATIA
S. MARKOVIC-ZORAJA - CROATIA
A. VESELJIC - CROATIA
J. RAZLOG-GRLICA - CROATIA
B. LOUVAR - CROATIA
J. DUBRAVICA - CROATIA
G. BRACUN - CROATIA
J. BOUWMAN - UNITED STATES
K. MOHAMMED-ALI - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
B. VASYLCHYSHYN - UKRAINE
GREENINGS (GREEN UP/GREEN DOWN):
M. ALGARNI - SAUDI ARABIA...
The GLOBE Clouds team is hoping you are all collecting observations or downloading and analyzing clouds data for the upcoming U.S. Student Research Symposia or the International Virtual Science Symposium. If you are using data downloaded from the GLOBE site, you will see a T between the date and time of the observations (example - 2018-10-01T14:00:00).
We got together with Dr. Helen Amos, who put together steps on how to take the "T" out using Excel and Google sheets. The result is having a date and time that looks like 2018-04-13T16:27:00 UTC to...
This month, the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team is shining our "Spotlight" on the work that Diouf Birane and his students are doing in Senegal.
Birane Diouf and his students at the Lycee Seydina Limamoulaye are proud members of GLOBE’s “Zika Education and Prevention Project.” In some areas in West Africa, certain insects carry and spread diseases like African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), chikungunya, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, dengue fever, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, malaria, onchocerciasis, Rift Valley fever, West Nile virus, yellow fever and Zika...