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While in Thailand, last month Peter and I met one of Kris and Mullica’s graduate students, who is involved with the regular collection of GLOBE weather data and is learning about the ENSO cycle. He and I chatted a lot about what he is doing, and he took us to see one of the automated weather stations that is situated in a mountain village about 30 minutes out of Nakhom Si Thammarat.  We had gotten to this southern part of Thailand about a week after some very serious flooding had killed 38 people, devastated many homes and villages, and had even shut the airport down- which had...


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Happy snow day from New Hampshire! Today was a perfect day for me to send out the first email message to 48 subscribed GLOBE teachers through the SRS list AND update the U.S. GLOBE Twitter profile. The picture on our Twitter profile is one I captured at the GLOBE Annual Meeting in Estes Park, CO. Not a bad place for field work. Subscribers to the United States GLOBE SRS Weekly update list received this message: http://eepurl.com/cAuwIv. U.S. GLOBE teachers, if you are considering attending a regional SRS, I highly recommend you join the list to stay updated!


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It was great to see the GLOBE presence at the AMS Annual Meeting in Seattle last week. Monday, the Symposium on Education is focused on K12 initiatives. The morning sessions all focused on GLOBE related activities and projects that included the NASA Mission Earth Project, GOES-R/16, the new Elementary GLOBE Climate book, and the International Virtual Science Fair. The new GLOBE Cloud app was presented in the afternoon. There were several projects presented in the Education Poster session as well. It would be great to see even more presentations of all the innovative and wonderful...


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Things will start happening weekly in the Regional Student Research Symposia (SRS) project and the leadership team wants to keep all GLOBE United States teachers informed! We've got professional development webinars, virtual office hours where you can ask questions, lots and lots of resources and Mission EARTH webinars running in parallel too. To help you stay in-the-know, we've created a weekly digest that will summarize what is new and upcoming. These will be short and succinct emails designed to be read quickly by busy teachers. Promise! If you would like to subscribe to the...


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ENSO Student Research Campaign Students in the United States, here is where you take your GLOBE date to the next level! The US Student Research Symposium is ready to learn all about the data that you have taken! https://www.globe.gov/web/united-states-of-america/student-research-symposia Teachers, if you are interested in attending with a group of students, please indicate your interest and apply for funding through this Google Form  by February 27th, 2017 .  Funding decisions will be made by March 27th, 2017. 


Posted in: Field Campaigns: SMAP El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Students Teachers

Please welcome Guest Blogger Bill Meyers , a GLOBE teacher from Alexander Dawson School in Lafayette, Colorado . This is the first in a series of posts by GLOBE teachers sharing classroom experiences to support the student research process. The series is supported by NSF funding for the United States Regional Student Research Symposia . If you are a teacher interested in contributing, please contact Haley Wicklein for more information. Thank you to Bill for sharing this and starting off our series! I currently have two students who are doing research for this year’s Science...


Posted in: Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences News Topics: Calendar Regions Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Alumni Partners Scientists Students Teachers

Student Research Symposia The South Dakota Discovery Center is pleased to announce the Northwest Region Student Research Symposium will be held at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology June 1-2. Teams of up to three middle or high school students are invited to present a GLOBE based research project (or question investigation if research project is too intimidating). Students from the Northwest GLOBE Region (SD, ND, NE, MT, WY, ID, OR, WA, AK) are invited to participate. Funding is available to cover transportation to the event. Room and board will be provided...


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As you know, the ENSO phenomenon affect the entire planet. Check out this great video from the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology. In this video, you will see the extremes that ENSO brings to all corners of Australia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzat16LMtQk Are the affects of ENSO in your country the same or different than in Australia? Try to draw some conclusions based upon your data and other data from around your home country.


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

Have you missed some of the ENSO Student Research Campaign webinar? Look no further. We have a 1-stop-shop to view the webinars from our current Phase II, and also from Phase I. Please click HERE to view all the past webinars and learn about future ones!


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

GLOBE Partner the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Center for Science Education developed 9 classroom activities to help students learn how to analyze GLOBE environmental data while also learning atmospheric science concepts and geography. These new activities have been reviewed by science educators and staff at the GLOBE Implementation Office and, of course, they have been field tested by teachers. I have gathered them up and linked them here. If you are going to the 2017 South Dakota Math and Science Teachers conference in Huron, this is what we will be...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Event Topics: Workshops GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science Scientist Skills Primary Audience: Teachers

Surface Temperature Campaign If you collected surface temperature data as part of the Surface Temperature Urban Heat Island Field Campaign, be sure to enter it into the GLOBE database by January 3 in order to receive your stipend. Thanks to Andrew Dempewolf, Lindsey Schilling , and Lisa Bahe for participating! Upcoming Stipend Opportunities Start planning now to participate in our upcoming stipend opportunities. Feb 2017 Site Setup Stipend . Create a new site between January 1, 2017 and  Feb 28, 2017. If you are new to data entry, let this be the...


Posted in: Event Topics: Science Symposia and Fairs Workshops Primary Audience: Teachers

Please welcome Haley Wicklein from the NH Leitzel Center GLOBE Partnership as a guest blogger. Haley is very familiar with GLOBE through her work on the GLOBE Carbon Cycle project. She was an elementary school science specialist and has now returned to the University of New Hampshire! There are new GLOBE Weather Stations at work at six schools in NH! This fall, Jen Bourgeault and I traveled to schools across New Hampshire to help install GLOBE Weather Stations.  With these stations, the students will monitor soil and air temperature, relative humidity, and rainfall as they...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Air Temperature Atmosphere » Precipitation Atmosphere » Relative Humidity Primary Audience: Teachers Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents » Site Definition Sheet

As you know, the theme for Phase II of the ENSO Student Research Campaign is "Taking Data to the Next Level!" For our U.S. schools, teachers, and partners, GLOBE has just announced the 2017 series of Regional Student Research Symposia (previously called GLOBE Regional Science Fairs). This is an opportune time to take your data to the next level. As the campaign lead, I will advise you to contact me at any time about how to get involved. We have a great campaign team from around the world. Learn more HERE! My email is Brian.A.Campbell@nasa.gov


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

Have you ever wondered how NASA Earth observing satellites are able to ground truth their data? What about satellites that collect data over the ocean? Is it ever possible to compare actual in situ data with data that is collected using remote sensing? It just so happens that there are several NASA scientists who will be doing just that- and more- from January 24 th through February 20 th ! And, those of us who are involved in the GLOBE Program have been specially invited to participate in several aspects of this research. We are going to hear from Dr. Ivona Cetinic, the lead...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Earth as a System Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Biosphere Primary Audience: Alumni Scientists Students Teachers

Hi All, We are well into the Urban Heat Island/Surface Temperature Student Research Campaign. Data are coming into the GLOBE website from schools from around the world. To date there have been 43 schools that have uploaded data to the GLOBE website. As I am writing this, there are a total of 596 surface temperature observations taken and entered on the website from December 1 to December 14, 2016. That’s a whole lot of data. The most observations have come in from Rick Sharpe’s students at Huntington High School in West Virginia with a total of 202. Kim Clark’s students from John...


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Hi All, It is exciting that we started a new Urban Heat Island/Surface Temperature Student Research Campaign that was formally knows as the Surface Temperature Field Campaign. I wanted to get an email out before the campaign started, but I came down with a bad cold. 27 schools have taken observations and entered them on the GLOBE website. I know that many more of you have taken observations or are planning to take observations. If you can, please enter your observations on the GLOBE website sooner than later. I will take a look at the observations. This research campaign is a chance for...


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I just came across an article from NASA's Earth Observatory that was released yesterday entitled " A Dry Start to South America’s Wet Season ". The article describes the current lack of precipitation in South America, and includes the map below. In this map, we are seeing the accumulated deficit of rainfall that is both flowing onto the surface and accumulating under the ground as of this October.   This got me wondering how South America might be impacted by the La Nina conditions in the near future. I did a little research, and found this article, also from NASA's Earth...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Earth as a System Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere

One of NASA's scientists, Dr. Stephanie Uz, has been working closely with the GLOBE ENSO Campaign throughout its beginning. She is an oceanographer who studies the response of ocean biology to physical forcing through remotely sensed satellite data, in situ measurements, model output and statistical reconstructions using proxies. Her research focuses on variability in global ocean color or chlorophyll concentrations, the pigment in microscopic phytoplankton, and the physical mechanisms causing those changes. Dr. Uz coordinates communication for the Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecosystem...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Technology Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Biosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Earth as a System Hydrology Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

Stipend Opportunity Participate in the Surface Temperature Field Campaign Dec 1 - Dec 31 and receive a $50 stipend! Field campaigns are focused data collection events, coordinated in partnership with a scientist or agency, seeking very specific kinds of data. Every educator who enters a surface temperature data set* by Dec 31, 2016 will receive a $50 stipend. Surface temperature is a simple protocol to do. You still have time to request funds from a mini-grant and order the infrared thermometers if you act soon! For more information about the Surface...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Surface Temperature News Topics: Meetings Primary Audience: Teachers

In most scientific research an important test is whether the results of an experiment can be repeated, typically repeated by another lab and research group. A result that cannot be confirmed in this way is generally viewed as invalid. This is a great test for controlled experiments where virtually identical experimental conditions may be achieved. In Earth science research involving observations of the natural world, experimental conditions cannot be reproduced. For environmental research the standard must switch for repeatable to intercomparable – capable of being compared. Research...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth System Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Alumni Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

As you might know, Phase II of the GLOBE ENSO Student Research Campaign is in full force! Are you an OFFICIAL MEMBER? If not, you are missing out on vital updates and potential collaboration with other GLOBE schools from around the world. We have already had 3 webinars for Phase II. CLICK HERE TO JOIN TODAY! Did you know that approximately 50,000 automated and non-automated measurements are uploaded by students, teachers, and automated systems every week? You might think that is a lot of data, and it is, but the Earth is a really big place and we need as much data as we can...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: El Niño GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Pedosphere (Soil) Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

I came across this information this afternoon, and thought I would share it with everyone. Here are some of the impacts of the 2015-2016 El Nino's impact on some parts of Brazil and Columbia.  We would love to hear from any of you as to how the El Nino impacted you in your area! Just add a comment below.  "Brazil  is undergoing its most severe drought in 35 years and heavily populated regions, particularly the country's southeast, depend on local reservoirs and aquifers which are not being replenished due to the drought. ( Thomson Reuters Foundation, 30 Oct 2015...


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The GLOBE ENSO Student Research Campaign wants to hear how you are collaborating with other GLOBE schools – or how you would like to collaborate in the future. Create a slide and send it in by 13 November so that it can be shared during the upcoming 15 November webinar . What better way to show your students that they are a valuable part of the GLOBE community than by sharing a slide that shows how you are using collaboration as a tool? The theme of the webinar is “Collaboration." Three GLOBE teachers (Audra Edwards, Peggy Foletta, and Mike Jabot), will share some of their “Best...


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

Anne Lewis inspired me to dig though my archive and highlight some of the resources and links that I have sent along to various members of the GLOBE community. I compiled many of them here. It makes for a very link-heavy blog post but perhaps there are some nuggets in here for you. Representing GLOBE at Workshops and Meetings? If you are attending a conference or meeting and referencing GLOBE, let us know here . NGSS Visually Did anyone else see this article? http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2014/08/science_teacher_puts_standards.html?cmp=ENL-TU-NEWS3  . A...


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Hey there all your fabulous GLOBE Teachers and Scientists!!!! We want one slide from you - and here is the template ready to go!- to share either how you are already using collaboration as a tool or how you would like to use this tool in the future!  It is super easy- here are the directions .  What better way to show your students that they are a valuable part of the GLOBE Community than by sharing a slide with us which we will use during our next webinar on November 15th ? Our theme will be on " Collaboration " and we will have three GLOBE teachers- Audra...


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In my few years as a GLOBE partner I've come to realize that GLOBE is a massive organization that sometimes feels to me like it borders on an organism. Every time I look, there is growth, something new and exciting to take note of. A data quality challenge .  Mission Earth . GLOBE branded Lands' End Apparel .   Keeping up is a challenge. I have decided to go on the offensive and to call upon one of the five Superpowers of the Internet: Archiving. Rather than rely on only email to stay in the loop, I am using the GLOBE ecosystem. To wit: I regularly check ...


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A few months ago, scientists and researchers gave La Niña a slim-to-none chance of forming..... BUT..... recent weather and climate models are now saying that La Niña has a 70% chance of taking shape, albeit a weak one. Check out this cool article by NOAA's Climate research group.


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

Hello SD GLOBE! You have a few days remaining to participate in October's Earth Science Challenge. Collect and report data twice during the month of October and you will receive a $100 stipend. Congratulations so far to Julie Olson and Lisa Bahe for completing the challenge! Lisa wrote:  ​ We were able to get out and get a site picked....  Kids did much better the second day and it went a lot quicker the second time.  We will hopefully try to collect data 2-3 times per month for class. We were able to do cloud cover, air temperature and surface...


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Hello SD GLOBE! Now that you have gotten past the mad rush of the start of school, I hope you take a deep breath and think about how to implement GLOBE in your school. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT We are offering two professional development opportunities this fall: Online GLOBE Practicum and STEM Quick Stops. The  Online GLOBE Practicum  is your opportunity to put GLOBE into practice. You can earn credit AND a  stipend  (SD teachers only). We are having a Google Hangout for Practicum participants and potential participants on Tuesday, October 4 at 8:30PM...


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United States Regional Student Research Symposia (SRS) Watch this space, at the top of every blog, for news on the NSF-funded U.S. Regional SRS as dates and locations roll in! If you are a teacher and participated last year, please contact me at usglobecc@gmail.com about the opportunity to blog about the experience!   Geographic Area Location Date Southeast Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama April 27-29, 2017 Midwest Purdue University, Indiana May 19-20, 2017 Southwest Campus Village,...


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