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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...


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

It is here! The Urban Heat Island Effect/Surface Temperature Campaign for 2018-2019 will start October 1. I am so excited to be kicking off a new campaign. There are so many more schools and students participating that it is very exciting. The Urban Heat Island is a very current and timely research topic to study. This past summer there were heat waves in Japan, the United Kingdom and Europe as well as parts of the United States. Heat waves are now the natural disasters causing the most deaths in the United States. Urban Heat Island Effect makes cities even warmer than surrounding areas...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Surface Temperature

Hi, my name is Nate Raynor and I am the GLOBE Teacher at Mescalero Apache School located in south central New Mexico . GLOBE Teacher Nate Raynor (left) with his students and NM GLOBE Partner  Christy Wall  (second from left) at the 2018 SRS in Boulder, CO. This is my 2 nd year using GLOBE protocols in the classroom. I like GLOBE because it gives my students a chance to work outside and not be stuck in a classroom all day. With GLOBE, my students begin to see their environment from a different aspect. I am currently using GLOBE...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math STEM Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Clouds Biosphere » Biometry (including Tree Height) Primary Audience: Students Teachers Teacher's Guide: Grade Level » Secondary: 9-12 Protocol Specific Documents » Protocol

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...


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

After a couple days with very high heat indexes for north central Ohio [which resulted in school being closed on Wednesday], the temperatures dropped to a level that allowed my students in Citizen Science Research to head out to two of our atmospheric sites.  I walked them through the site definition on one site, leaving the 2nd site for them to complete next week.   They also worked through the cloud protocol in small teams and then compared observations.  With the images included on the cloud data sheet, they all felt comfortable with this protocol.  They also...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Surface Temperature

The ICESat-2 Satellite will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California on Saturday, September 15, 2016. At this time, the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign will officially begin. If you happen to find yourself in Lompoc, California for the launch, please take a look at this Explore Lompoc web site. It provides some great information about all the ICESat-2 launch activities that will be happening. We also have an ICESat-2 Launch Outreach page that showcases launch information and a launch party kit. The launch of the ICESat-2 satellite will...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Air Temperature Atmosphere » Precipitation Atmosphere » Surface Temperature Biosphere » Biometry (including Tree Height) Biosphere » Carbon Cycle Biosphere » Green-Up / Green-Down Biosphere » Land Cover Classification Pedosphere (Soil) » Soil Temperature Biosphere

In the words of Steve Martin "I am a wild and crazy guy"!  I am a recovering wildlife biologist who was suffering at the hands of the all powerful "Man".  My family life was tough, my finances were tougher.  And so I did the one thing I could think of to remedy the situation.  I quit my job as a biologist lackey and joined the ranks of substitute teachers.  Not only did the money not flow like a raging river like I expected, but I found a real gap in the science education of our children.  I started a small business where I began to develop a new approach...


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Arrived at school this morning to find that the surface temp gun and kestrel I ordered from Amazon were waiting for me in my mailbox.   Looking forward to opening the box of items I ordered from Forestry Suppliers - cloud charts and leaf color charts.  Last week I had my students do an intro activity on collecting data in the field - they completed a survey of plant populations in our school courtyards using transects and grids.    


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In GLOBE, there are two major perspectives on the global environment – the spheres and the Earth system. The Teacher’s Guide and the new sphere pages build on the approach that examines Earth as the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and pedosphere. The study of Earth System Science focuses on the cycles that connect the spheres – the Energy, Water, and Biogeochemical. The Honor Roll provides recognition of those who report in depth in one area or another. There are three honor rolls recognizing Atmosphere measurement reporting; one for Hydrosphere;, and two each for Biosphere and...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Field Campaigns: Carbon Cycle SMAP El Niño Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System Earth System Science