The Great Global Investigation of Climate Intensive Observing Period

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To get started, use the following links to download the necessary documents:

  1. Great Global Investigation of Climate Teacher's Participation Guide

  2. Sample Site Selection and Set-up Guide

  3. Precipitation Protocols

  4. Atmosphere Investigation Data Sheet

  5. Modified Max/Min/Current Air Temperature Protocol or Digital Multi-Day Max/Min/Current Air and Soil Temperature Protocol


To involve students in short-term and long-term scientific studies focused on the relationship of temperature and precipitation with climate near their school and in comparisons with schools across the globe as a contribution to scientific research.


This global investigation will focus on defining local climate through GLOBE protocols and the student inquiry question "What is my climate and how has it changed?" Students are asked to collect and enter temperature and precipitation data in the GLOBE database and investigate how to classify local weather and climate using these atmospheric data.


While temperature and precipitation measurements can and should be taken and uploaded at any time throughout the year, seasonal changes of temperature and precipitation can be seen by focusing on the months associated with equinoxes and solstices. While changes can be seen, the specific seasonal changes will vary across latitude and continents depending on factors such as climate variability, proximity to water, elevation, topography, and other conditions like drought or impacts due to extreme events. To enable schools to participate during periods with the most representative seasonal fluctuations in temperature and precipitation are captured while allowing for maximum participation to occur, the following focused intensive observing periods (IOPs) for The Great Global Investigation of Climate have been designated, beginning September 2011:


  Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul
Great Global Investigation of Climate X     X     X     X  


What to do and how to do it

1. Collect air temperature and precipitation data


2. Report data to the GLOBE database

  • From your "My Public Page", select "Data Entry" or click on "Data Entry"
  • Under "My Procedures", select your atmosphere site(s) or "Define, Edit or Update a Site" found at the bottom of the page.  If you do not have any procedures listed, choose the protocol from the list of sites under "Available Procedures Based on My Sites" by clicking the plus sign on the right.
  • Fill in the data form as directed and select "Send Data"


3. Apply and extend your knowledge


Need help?

Email science@globe.gov if you have questions about the GGIC IOP or need help completing the project.