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Participating in NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE? Read Recent Blog “NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE: Analyzing Photographs Taken by GLOBE Participants”

Photo of a community member participating in the NASA GLOBE Cloud GAZE endeavor

“Have you heard there is a new clouds project? It is called NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE. It is a merger of GLOBE Clouds and The Zooniverse online citizen science platform. A one-week pacing guide is now available,” Marilé Colón Robles, principal investigator for CLOUD GAZE and the Project Scientist for NASA GLOBE Clouds at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, USA, said in a recent blog.

“Sky photographs are one of the most requested portions of a GLOBE Clouds observation. This is because there is so much you can do with them. Photographs give scientists the opportunity to be right there with you. Details within a photograph can be used to compare with satellite data, confirm dust or haze observations, and give insight to unique cloud types like lenticular and noctilucent clouds over the polar regions.”

“This is how the idea for NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE came to be. The project allows you to look at cloud photographs. These photographs were submitted by GLOBE participants through the program’s GLOBE Observer app. It then asks you to identify elements such as the presence or absence of clouds, dust storms, smoke plumes and haze layers.”

“Want to get started? Great! Go to our NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE page on the Zooniverse online citizen science platform. You can learn more about the project and choose between the two interactives: Cloud Cover and What Do You See. In each, you will go through a quick tutorial and answer a simple question for each photograph that pops up. The Cloud Cover interactive asks to identify what is the total cloud cover observed in the photograph. The What Do You See interactive asks to identify the type of clouds you observe. For both, choose the best selection and submit. It is that easy,” Robles said.

To read the full blog, which offers information on the two different interactives and how this information will be used, click here.  

Are you an educator?

 A one-week “pacing guide” focused on cloud types has been developed! The pacing guide features NASA GLOBE CLOUD GAZE with additional resources you can use in your classroom or in an out-of-school setting!



News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office