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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...


Posted in: Curriculum: Assessment and Evaluation Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology STEM GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

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...


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MARCH 2019 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! CONGRATULATIONS! TREE HEIGHT: 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 GREENINGS: O. Movchan - Ukraine M. Vollebregt - Netherlands B. Žnidarić -...


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

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...


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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...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math STEM Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, Webinars, etc) GLOBE Learning Expeditions Science Symposia and Fairs Workshops Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes Watersheds El Niño Surface Temperature GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group General News Topics: Competitions Meetings SCRC Research Virtual Science Fair Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Earth as a System Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: Standard Research Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Protocol Specific Documents Investigation Area Documents

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...


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

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...


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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. https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/cirrius-ly-cool-science-at-nasa-langley GLOBE Participants practice using sun photometers at the GLOBE NARM at NASA Langley. Credits: NASA.


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Event Topics: Meetings Workshops GLOBE Science Topics: Earth as a System General News Topics: Meetings Training Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Trainers

My favorite tree comes to life. The coniferous cones of this year and this year's inflorescences. This three is a Alnus glutinosae (black alder). And how are you?


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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:...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Technology STEM Event Topics: Workshops Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Primary Audience: Teachers

FEBRUARY 2019 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! CONGRATULATIONS! TREE HEIGHT: 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 ...


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 Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

Hi Is anyone doing research about urbanic heat island? We would like to cooperate information with you Thank you


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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...


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  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...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math STEM Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, Webinars, etc) Other Science Symposia and Fairs Competitions Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes Watersheds SMAP El Niño Surface Temperature GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group General News Topics: Competitions SCRC Research Virtual Science Fair Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Earth as a System Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: International Virtual Science Symposium Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

The January 2019 Tree Height Intensive Observation Period has come to a close. Thank you to all who participated and congratulations to the winner, Marina Sambolek from Croatia.    


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

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...


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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,...


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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...


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

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-DD T HH: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...


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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 -...


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

GLOBE Students! 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 - 2018-10-01 T 14:00:00).    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...


Posted in: Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, Webinars, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE Protocols Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences General News Topics: Regions Virtual Science Fair Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Student Research Reports: Standard Research Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS)

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,...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Technology STEM Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, Webinars, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes Watersheds SMAP El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change Data Included General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills General News Topics: SCRC Research Virtual Science Fair Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Student Research Reports: International Virtual Science Symposium Report U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Mosquito Report

We’ve discussed how the mosquito story is a climate story and a human story, looking at climate history and human history. Contemporary climate change is now playing a role in the expansion of vector borne disease- not only in space but also in time. How many days are mosquitoes active in your city? You can find out by using this Disease Danger Day tool:  http://www.climatecentral.org/news/us-faces-a-rise-in-mosquito-disease-danger-days-21903 . I live in Colorado, so I selected Denver, and found out that since 1970 there are now 10 more days a year on average when mosquitoes are...


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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! ...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math STEM Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, Webinars, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes Watersheds SMAP El Niño Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change Data Included General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Earth as a System Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: International Virtual Science Symposium Report U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

The MULTI team has LOTS going on!  January 26 th  at Auraria 9-12…3-D PAWS weather stations run by GLOBE.  Feb. 23 rd  at Auraria 9-12 …Math using climate data.  March 9 th  in Pueblo 9-3…water use with different stakeholders.  March 15 th  in Boulder 9-5…March Mosquito Madness run by GLOBE, MULTI, and the Bug Chicks.  March 16 th  at Auraria 10-12…Discover STEM career event. Late April possible event at CSU-launch of new science kits. May 17 th -18 th  GLOBE Student Research Symposium in Mescalero Apache June...


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

WE NEED YOUR TREE HEIGHT DATA: TAKING MEASUREMENTS IS SUPER EASY! During each IOP, GLOBE students will: Take measurements of tree height and one additional protocol, from the suite of campaign protocols found at  https://www.globe.gov/web/trees-around-the-globe/overview/start-taking-measurements ,   take measurements at least three times per week for one month at the same study site for both protocols. The tree height measurements should be of the same trees each time for each site. You can have multiple sites, thus increasing the number of trees...


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Hello, there! My name is Deborah and I am the librarian at the Linda Vista branch of the Pasadena Public Library. I am very excited to introduce the Linda Vista Science Club* where will be exploring the Linda Vista neighborhood in the City of Pasadena, California. We are one of three science clubs within the Pasadena Public Library that are partnering with the Los Angeles Public Library to provide its citizens with opportunities to engage in citizen science. In the next five months, we will be exploring a variety of topics including: Clouds, Surface Temperature, Tree Height,...


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The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is looking for members of the GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN) or any researcher that would be interested in publishing research (as lead or co-author) using the GLOBE Clouds data.  We are looking for researchers that are interested in: Cryosphere that would be willing to use cloud observations over the Arctic/Antarctica. Satellite validation studies with collocated observations, particularly those collected during GLOBE Clouds Data Challenge (March 15-April 15, 2018). Natural hazards to explore...


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