Water in Our Environment Student Research Campaign


Welcome to the ENSO Student Research Campaign Phase III

Water in Our Environment

September 15, 2017 - June 30, 2018

× Important: This initiative is completed and no longer accepting submissions.


Water—the main reason for life on Earth—continuously circulates through one of Earth’s most powerful systems: the water cycle. Water flows endlessly between the ocean, atmosphere, and land. Earth’s water is finite, meaning that the amount of water in, on, and above our planet does not increase or decrease.

NASA studies water in a variety of ways, using satellites, airborne campaigns, and ground-based measurements to collect data. This data is used for many real world applications to answer vital questions that are essential to our survival on this amazing “water planet”.                                     

The data that GLOBE scientists, teachers, and students collect is also vital as helps us to become more informed and engaged stewards for the water in our environment. That is precisely why we have developed this Student Research campaign- to have our GLOBE community learn about water in their local environments and collaborate with others around the world. There is no end to what we can’t achieve through collaboration and cooperation!

To learn more about this Student Research Campaign- click HERE 

This year, we have been focusing on three key guiding investigative questions: 

  • What is the quality of the water in my environment?
  • What impacts does water- both above and below ground- have on our environment?
  • How does water in our environment impact living organisms?

We would like to help your students collaborate with other schools around the world to explore these questions, and to compare and contrast their findings. Some of the questions we will ask you to consider include

  • Is my environment prone to vector-borne and/or water-related disease?
  • Is my environment a coastal or inland environment? How does that affect the living organisms in my local region?
  • How has water availability been affected by human habitation in my environment?