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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?


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Hydrosphere Atmosphere Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Students Teachers Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

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"


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

JANUARY 2019 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! CONGRATULATIONS! TREE HEIGHT: 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...


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

It is the middle of winter here in Maryland, and it is cold!  We had a lot of snow last week, and are expecting more precipitation later this week.  Even though I know we have no active mosquitoes outside, I am still using the GLOBE Observer Mosquito Habitat Mapper.  If you are also living somewhere where mosquitoes aren't currently active, we hope you will consider collecting data as well, so you will be prepared when active mosquito season arrives.   Wondering what kind of data you can collect when there are no active mosquitoes?  Great question!  There...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño SMAP Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Data Included 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 Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

Each month, we will highlight some web sites and/or literature that might be of interest to Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign participants. January 2019 "What do Satellites Tell us About Trees?" https://go.nasa.gov/2qlGDxG "Seeing Forests for the Trees and the Carbon: Mapping for the World's Forests in Three Dimensions" https:go.nasa.gov/2QNgjhT  


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

DECEMBER 2018 FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2018, 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! CONGRATULATIONS! TREE HEIGHT (The numbers represent how many measurements they took): M. Ahmad A. Prieto K. Mohammed-Ali J. Bouwman GREENINGS (GREEN UP/GREEN DOWN): B. Safin I. Mihaljevic M. Sutnikiene M. Algarni A. Mustac LAND COVER: P. Nelson V. Lorenzo M. Balazinec J. Bouwman A. Prieto  


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

NOVEMBER 2018 FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2018, HERE ARE THE TOP 5 MOST ACTIVE GLOBE PARTICIPANTS TAKING TREE HEIGHT, GREENINGS, AND LAND COVER MEASUREMENTS FOR THE TREES AROUND THE GLOBE STUDENT RESEARCH CAMPAIGN! CONGRATULATIONS! TREE HEIGHT (The numbers represent how many measurements they took): J. BOUWMAN S. NERN A. PRIETO B. VASYLCHYSHYN F. SAUD GREENINGS (GREEN UP/GREEN DOWN): M. DOBRZYCKA B. VASYLCHYSHYN O. MOVCHAN Z. ŽRAUTHACKER I. MIHALJEVIC LAND COVER: A. MAJKUT M. BALAZINEC P. NELSON V. LORENZO A. BIELECKI  


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

  The 2019 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium important dates and rubrics are now available! The GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center would love to see you use cloud observations in your research!  Do you need some ideas? Here are a few. Also, don't forget about the blog on how to come up with a good research question.  K-2nd grade: - What is the cloud type observed the most during Fall/Spring/Summer (choose one or a different period of time)? - Which cloud type, nimbostratus or cumulonimbus, produces the most rain at our school? (choose a...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science GLOBE Protocols General Science Backyard Science Climate Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Understanding our planet's forests is vital to helping us gain knowledge about tree canopies, Earth's carbon budget, biomass estimations, among others. Also, knowing how our planet's forests respond to disasters like fires, blight, and natural disasters is an important facet in knowing how our planet responds to change. Through a combination of satellite and ground-based data collection, the Canadian Forest Service was able to improve Canada’s ability to observe, track and study forest disturbances such as wildfires and insect infestations, and how quickly forests grow back after these...


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

Whenever you submit a cloud observations, the GLOBE Clouds team at NASA Langley Research Center looks for satellites that were over your area at about the same time. The team then gathers the information from these satellites and compares them to your own observations. The result is a satellite match table that you receive through an email!    The table allows you to compare what you saw and what the satellite noted. You also have the actual satellite image at the bottom of the table! A new "How to Read a Satellite Match" page is available for you to learn more about...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Country Coordinators

The NASA Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) launched from Vandenberg AFB on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 6:02am PDT. On September 30, 2018, ICESat-2 fired its first laser and on October 3, NASA received the first height measurements from the satellite. A visualization of ICESat-2 data, called a photon cloud, shows the first set of height measurements from the satellite, taken as it orbited over the Antarctic ice sheet. Each blue dot represents a photon detected by the ATLAS instrument. This photon cloud shows the elevation measured by photons in the middle of the...


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Clouds are amazing to observe and always seem to capture the attention of all, from little ones to the young at heart. The GLOBE Clouds team would like to help all of those that would be interested in doing research with clouds. A good research question is always tricky so here are some tips and ideas to get you started! What is a good research question? It is not always easy to come up with a research question, but GLOBE has a good checklist to help you out! You can even assign points and see how many points does your question total as a good research question. A lot of times scientists...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols General Science Data Included Backyard Science Climate Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Teachers Trainers Students Partners Alumni Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Investigation Area Documents

Here is the recording of my 3-minute lightening talk at the Google Earth Engine User Summit 2018 meeting. "Planetary Education: Google Earth Engine + The GLOBE Program" Read more about this event here: https://medium.com/google-earth/2018-earth-engine-user-summit-recap-4da4665d5ee8 I invite students, teachers, and partners to add a comment below if you would like to explore how to use GLOBE data with this powerful remote sensing tool.


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Scientist Skills News Topics: Video Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

I just updated HoloGLOBE to v1.0.2. For those of you new to this app, HoloGLOBE brings NASA and NOAA visualizations of the Earth to the palm of your hand through augmented reality (AR). You can read more about the app here: http://www.palmyracove.org/InstituteforEarthObservations/HoloGLOBE.aspx In this latest release, I have added play/pause functionality to the MyNASAData module. The MyNASAData is essentially an augmented reality version of GLOBE's Earth System Poster. In addition the new ICESat-2 module has been added. The ICESat-2 module was built by Emme Wiederhold, a student at...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Assessment and Evaluation Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Other Science Symposia and Fairs Meetings Workshops Competitions Field Campaigns: SCRC - Phase 2 SCRC FLEXE Carbon Cycle Watersheds Seasons and Biomes SCUBAnauts El Niño GGIC SCRC - Phase 1 SMAP Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Meetings/Conferences Climate Scientist Skills Earth as a System GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate Land Cover/Biology Hydrology Soil News Topics: Virtual Science Fair IOPs Regions Calendar SCRC Research Training Competitions Meetings Video Web Maintenance / Enhancements Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Protocol Specific Documents Time Requirement Language Standards Requirement Investigation Area Documents

Greetings from NASA and the ICESat-2 Satellite Mission,   As you may know, the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will launch from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on September 15, 2018. ICESat-2 will be a satellite that will use an on-board laser system to measure the height of Earth’s ice, trees, oceans, geographic features, among others.   For several days before the launch, the ICESat-2 Outreach Team will be conducting many pre-launch activities, near the launch site, that showcase the ICESat-2 Mission. One of these events, in partnership...


Posted in: Event Topics: Workshops GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science GLOBE Protocols Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere News Topics: Training Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Hello, GLOBE Family! You may be familiar with my dichotomous cloud key!  I am a meteorologist and educator who is interested in better understanding students ideas of weather and climate related topics. Would you help me launch an international research study to compare students' understanding around the WORLD and around different climate zones? How well can our students differentiate between WEATHER and CLIMATE and how well do they understand the complex ideas of CLIMATE CHANGE. Would you be willing to have your students take 20 minutes to complete this 25...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Earth System Science General Science Climate Change Climate Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Hydrosphere Biosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

I've been working with a fantastic group from New Hampshire to provide professional development for educators for years. This year, we've spent a considerable amount of time on the pedosphere, from wetland soils to forest and grassland soils. We've talked about why trees go where they do and all the critters, both macro and micro, that spend time in soil. I've listed some of my favorite resources below but please add your own and let's grow the list: NRCS posters, guides, lesson plans and games Training materials from NRCS Traveling Soil Tent: https://groundbeneathourfeet.weebly.com/ ...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Event Topics: Workshops GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Pedosphere (Soil) News Topics: Training Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Country Coordinators

As you may know, the NASA Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) will launch on September 15, 2018 from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, USA. The ICESat-2 satellite will use an on-board laser altimeter system to measure the height of Earth. Measurements of ice sheets, sea ice, bodies of water, mountains are all part of what ICESat-2 will measure. For our collaboration with The GLOBE Program, we want to focus on one exciting variable that the ICESat-2 satellite will measure, TREE HEIGHT! GLOBE has several ways to measure tree height. You can find them HERE, as...


Posted in: GLOBE Working Groups: Technology Working Group Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Biosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: IOPs Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

Did you know that NASA is closely using satellites to monitor trees around the world. There is so much trees can tell us, from Earth's biomass to area of mass tree blight to where our forests are healthy and flourishing. NASA researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland have teamed up to use current Landsat satellite data to study the changes in Northern forest extent. By looking at forest patterns and sparse and open canopy forests, what is happening to the trees can help us monitor change on a warming planet. On September 12, 2018, NASA will...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Biosphere Primary Audience: Trainers Teachers Students Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators

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

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

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

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

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