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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 out...


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

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

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,...


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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 reporting...


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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: 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

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...


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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 - 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

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 - 2018-10-01T14:00:00).    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...


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

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...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Science Symposia and Fairs Field Campaigns: Watersheds Seasons and Biomes El Niño SMAP 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 News Topics: Virtual Science Fair SCRC Research Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report 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!  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

The MULTI team has LOTS going on!  January 26th at Auraria 9-12…3-D PAWS weather stations run by GLOBE.  Feb. 23rd at Auraria 9-12 …Math using climate data.  March 9th in Pueblo 9-3…water use with different stakeholders.  March 15th in Boulder 9-5…March Mosquito Madness run by GLOBE, MULTI, and the Bug Chicks.  March 16th at Auraria 10-12…Discover STEM career event. Late April possible event at CSU-launch of new science kits. May 17th-18th GLOBE Student Research Symposium in Mescalero Apache June 5-6—Summer STEM Institute and...


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

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 measured. Even though...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Biosphere

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 possibilities of using the...


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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

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 possibilities of using the...


Posted in: Event Topics: Other GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Data Included Earth System Science Backyard Science Climate GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Primary Audience: Scientists

NOTICE: REAL-TIME data on HoloGLOBE is unavailable at this time due to a lapse in appropriation as a result of the U.S. government shutdown. More info at :https://governmentshutdown.noaa.gov/


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The Urban Heat Island Effect Campaign in October was the best start to the campaign that GLOBE has ever had. 89 schools entered surface temperature data. Some schools like Huntington High School in West Virginia entered a lot of observations. Thanks Mr. Sharpe. A list of the number of observations each school took are listed below. Now that so many observations have been taken, students can do research using the data. There are lots of research questions that students can ask and then answer with this data. The students in my Weather and Climate class are looking at various questions...


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I am Yousef Masry. I was born in A'ra'ra village in Israel. I started my jop as a teacher of siences and technology siences 10 years ago. I work in Almostaqbal school in Abo Tlol village in Negev which is located in the south side of the country.


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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

CloudSat and CALIPSO were designed to complement each other in the 1990s. They launched together on the same rocket in 2006. Then they spent more than 10 years orbiting Earth in formation with a coterie of other satellites in what's known as the A-Train, or afternoon constellation.  Flying together enables the A Train satellites to gather diverse measurements of the Earth below at nearly the same time as they circle the globe pole-to-pole, crossing the equator around 1:30 p.m. local time every day. The nearly simultaneous observations allow scientists to build a more sophisticated...


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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

Our mosquito story is a climate story. In the Early Holocene around 8200 years ago, the area that is today the Sahara Desert was much wetter and supported grassland vegetation. During the mid-Holocene, about 5000 years ago, changes in the monsoon began to dry out much of north Africa. This caused the Sahara to expand, and the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) was forced to retreat to areas where they could still find standing water to breed. These were also the same places where humans migrated, congregated and settled. A changing climate brought people and mosquitoes together, and the...


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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

Greetings from NASA and the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign, As you know, we have a series of informal webinars ongoing each month that bring together members of the campaign with scientists, researchers, professionals, and informal educators to show what the studies of trees mean to their disciplines. Right now, we are seeking teachers and students to present their research at future campaign webinars. You can present on: How we collect tree height, land cover, Green Up/Green Down data! How we analyze the data we collect! The types of research projects we can...


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It’s that time of the year again! In the Northern Hemisphere, the chlorophyll in leaves are breaking down causing the green in leaves to disappear and allowing for orange and yellow colors to become visible. At GLOBE, we call this process Green-Down, and if you have not started collecting your Green-Down data yet, it's not too late*! *If you are in the U.S., you can track the annual progressive changing of the leaves with this Fall Foliage Prediction Map from Smokey Mountains. (https://smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map/) The GLOBE Plant Color Guide The Green-Down protocol is a fairly...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Biosphere » Green-Up / Green-Down Primary Audience: Teachers