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Since its inception, the GLOBE Observer (GO) app has community scientists to actively engage with NASA scientists by providing the opportunity to collect atmospheric, mosquito habitat, land cover and tree height data no matter where you are located in the world. This has opened the door for community science members to learn more about the environment and its impacts on their daily lives. What has been uniquely applicable about the app is that it has helped college students to better understand various physical science concepts and has been an important tool in everyday curriculum. ...


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Many do not have the chance to witness a rare annular solar eclipse. So when the opportunity for one to crossover the El Paso borderland, people from Mexico and the United States converged at the El Paso Community College Transmountain campus to experience the unique annular solar eclipse of 2023. This unique eclipse occurs when the moon covers just enough of the sun outlining a “ring” of sun round the moon. Many in the El Paso region experienced close to 90% of the maximum effect, and provided an opportunity for those participating in the GLOBE Observer Eclipse protocol to collect ...


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Recently NASA scientists studied dust storms and weather conditions in the Chihuahuan desert to better understand the impacts on climate and public health. Presentations at the Southern Arizona Dust Storm Workshop in 2020 and 2021 highlighted the importance of these events. Students at El Paso Community College (EPCC) helped contribute to this study by engaging students to take dust observations using the GLOBE Observer app. Data taken using the app has helped scientists better understand the effects of these dust storms in the Chihuahuan desert and increased environmental awareness ...


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A journey through the clouds   Many times we take for granted the things that occur outside our window. For instance, the photo posted here is a fascinating cloud that appeared in the El Paso area in January. Social media went crazy from people all over town posting and commenting on the awesomeness of this feature. Some even mistaken them for UFO's. However, there is an explanation for this phenomena. This is an example of a lenticular cloud that occurs downwind from mountains or hilly regions. They form when winds carry moist air over mountains or hills, causing that air to ...


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A new resource is now available created by GLOBE educator Mr. Roger Rose ( @rrose ) as part of his NASA internship in 2023 titled, GLOBE Atmosphere Clouds and NGSS . This document compares portions of the clouds protocol to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for elementary and middle school with tips and resources to use in the classroom.  The document is available on the resources section of the NASA GLOBE Clouds page.


Posted in: Curriculum: SCIENCE AND MATH STEM   GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE GLOBE PROTOCOLS SCIENTIST SKILLS   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE   Primary Audience: COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS TEACHERS TRAINERS


The urban heat island intensive observation period (IOP) this October yielded about 25% more observations than last year. I only look at surface temperature observations since that is the protocol that I developed (with help from others) and there are many other air temperature and cloud observations in the GLOBE database that are not part of the urban heat island IOP. This October there were a total of 2353 surface temperature observations made by 115 schools. This underscores the commitment of participating schools in contributing valuable insights into surface temperature variations. ...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: SURFACE TEMPERATURE   GLOBE Science Topics: CLIMATE   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE


¡Las novedades trimestrales de NASA GLOBE Nubes están disponibles! Próximamente: Reto de Nubes 2024 El equipo se complace en anunciar que en 2024 tendremos un Reto de Nubes centrado en cómo cambian las nubes a lo largo del día. Finaliza la primera misión satelital Lidar de larga duración CALIPSO CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations, por sus siglas en inglés), un satélite lidar que avanzó en la comprensión mundial del clima, el tiempo y la calidad del aire, finalizó su misión científica el 1 de agosto de 2023 después de 17 años de ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS


The NASA GLOBE Clouds Quarterly Update is available for December, January, February 2023-2024! Coming Soon: Cloud Challenge 2024 The team is excited to announce that in 2024 we will have a Cloud Challenge focused on how clouds change throughout the day. First Long-Duration Lidar Satellite Mission CALIPSO Ends CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations), a lidar satellite that advanced the world’s understanding of climate, weather, and air quality, ended its scientific mission on August 1, 2023 after 17 years of operation. Meet an ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE CLIMATE CLIMATE CHANGE GLOBE PROTOCOLS   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE CLOUDS   News Topics: NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


Results (continued) Wood-chip temperatures On 10 October, by myself this time, I had another surprise:  how hot that wood chips, often used in landscaping are, with temperatures reaching 60-65°C at 13:00 MST, when the air temperature was 26.1°C. Seeing this, I decided to take several more measurements of wood-chip skin temperature.  I chose to focus on the wood chips at the west end of the top of the mesa we live on, since on cloudless days they were exposed to full sun from noontime onwards. Table 3a shows the environmental conditions for each observing session, ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM


Introduction The temperature of a surface – the grass, the sidewalk, or your skin – is called the “skin” temperature. Satellites monitor Earth’s skin temperature every day.  Skin temperature is an important addition to several other variables – like soil type, plant cover, etc. – to estimate how the land surface is affecting the weather. Ocean skin temperature is also an important parameter in estimating near-surface air temperature over the oceans because there are few direct observations.  Since the oceans cover such a large part of Earth, these temperatures are ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: BACKYARD SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM


For the past three years, the GLOBE Mission Earth (GME) Team at the University of Toledo, Ohio has been teaching and mentoring NASA-SEES high school students across the United States in the study of the Urban Heat Island Effect (UHIE) and Air Quality. In 2023, the NASA-SEES High School Virtual Internship Program had 20 interns for both the UHIE and Air Quality Groups. During the 6-week virtual training, interns conducted research on the topics of their choice and met virtually three times a week to complete their projects. They also completed weekly assignments. For the UHIE ...


Posted in: Curriculum: EDUCATION RESEARCH STEM   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   GLOBE Working Groups: EVALUATION WORKING GROUP SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP DEI WORKING GROUP   Investigation Areas: ATMOSPHERE HYDROSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM PEDOSPHERE (SOIL) BIOSPHERE   Primary Audience: COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: U.S. STUDENT RESEARCH SYMPOSIA (SRS) MISSION EARTH REPORT


Adopt-a-Pixel | Where does water meet land in my community? Scanning the Area As our first assignment as part of the Earth System Explorers team, we've been tasked with making our first observations using the GLOBE Observer App. The goal was to make 12 total observations (6 Potential Mosquito Habitat & 6 Land Cover).  To be more efficient, I decided to make all of my observations at 6 different still bodies of water. This way I could do a MHM and a LC observation at each location. Before I began, I scouted potential bodies of water on Global Surface Water ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


I built my mosquito traps on June 20th and ran the experiment until July 15th. I collected a total of 15 observations during this period. To construct the traps I used three identical pots to hold water. The goal of my experiment was to find which type of mosquito bait would be the most effective at attracting and sheltering mosquitos. For the three baits I used dried leaves, grass clippings, and a wooden plank. I chose these three baits because they represent possible real life environments that mosquitos may breed in. The dried leaves simulates a pool of water that does not evaporate ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: HYDROSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS


My mosquito trap was definitely a rollercoaster, and with this being the last required update, I still plan on seeing how the traps do after the internship finishes since this has been really interesting. To give some background, I set out three traps around 30-40 yards away from each other around my AOI so I could get an idea of how different areas may yield different results. The first trap was in my backyard, the second trap was in a park close to my house, and the third was by a sidewalk (the pictures I use are from the third trap). The only trap I really had to refill with water was ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH AS A SYSTEM   Investigation Areas: LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


Mosquito Trap Week 1 For the mosquito traps, I decided quite early on that my independent variable would be the container. I got 3 different containers; an old tire, a black bucket, and a gallon bottle/container while keeping all other factors the same. I used the same bait and the same amount of water and placed all 3 traps in my backyard behind the shade of the t ​​​​​​​ree. I   decided on using a timeframe of about 5 days to take my samples.  ​​​​ ​​     Week 1: Five days had passed, and it was time to sample the traps. Unfortunately, when I got ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: BIOSPHERE LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


AOI Fieldwork At first, collecting land cover data for 37 points within my area of interest felt like a daunting task. However, after only a few "expeditions" in the past week, I was able to complete all 37 observations. To make my work easier and more accurate, I intentionally choose an AOI that would contain as many points as possible within a nearby park. This was to ensure that I could access as many points as possible. Despite my best efforts, many of the points still landed in residential properties. This activity actually reminded me how many neighborhoods there are in my ...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: HYDROSPHERE EARTH AS A SYSTEM LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION MOSQUITOES   Primary Audience: STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


My fieldwork to map land via the Globe app led me to understand where I live better. Texas is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population. There are only four deserts in North America, and Texas is home to the Chihuahuan Desert. Texas Land Conservancy [TLC] works to conserve natural areas, protect the physical and ecological integrity of their wildlife habitat and native plant communities, and provide essential endangered species habitat. Texas boasts nearly 300 native tree species and is also home to 85 species of mosquitoes. My areas of interest (AOIs) spanned Williamson ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: EARTH AS A SYSTEM EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE   Investigation Areas: MOSQUITOES   Student Research Reports: INTERNATIONAL VIRTUAL SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM REPORT MISSION MOSQUITO REPORT


The September/October/November 2023 NASA GLOBE Clouds Quarterly Update is now available! Find out how to sign up for NASA GLOBE Clouds communications in Spanish. Join our GLOBE Observer Connect series on October 5 at 8pm ET to learn about changes in the atmosphere and animal behaviors during an eclipse. Learn how to create a family emergency plan in case of extreme weather. Check out our “GLOBE Clouds by the numbers” section to see how many observations were made in the last quarter. Meet our expert, GLOBE Clouds Outreach Coordinator Rosalba Giarratano. Finally, learn about extreme heat ...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: CLIMATE


  In this episode of Eyes on Earth, we talk with Peder Nelson about generational science and the responsibility we have to future generations to study our changing planet. It takes more than just data to make sense of land change. And while remote sensing scientists work with the deep archive of Landsat and other land data available from the USGS EROS Center, everyone can put themselves on the timeline of Landsat data. Citizen science projects allow anyone to participate in the observations that help us understand the world around us. Details Episode: 96 ...


Posted in: GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   Investigation Areas: EARTH AS A SYSTEM BIOSPHERE


"AI and Diplomacy" Panel Discussion moderated by Larisa Schelkin, US GLOBE Partner from Boston, Massachusetts & UNITAR Teaching Faculty with the panelists from the GLOBE Holli Kohl, Project Lead for GLOBE Observer and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/SSAI and Peder V. Nelson, Oregon State University CEOAS; GLOBE Partnership Coordinator; The GLOBE program is recognized as one of the world's leaders in environmental science diplomacy through education. Congratulations to the GLOBE community!


Posted in: Curriculum: SCIENCE AND MATH TECHNOLOGY STEM   Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION   GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN): GLOBE INTERNATIONAL STEM NETWORK (GISN)   GLOBE Science Topics: GLOBE PROTOCOLS EARTH AS A SYSTEM SCIENTIST SKILLS MEETINGS/CONFERENCES   GLOBE Working Groups: EVALUATION WORKING GROUP SCIENCE WORKING GROUP EDUCATION WORKING GROUP TECHNOLOGY WORKING GROUP DEI WORKING GROUP   Learning Activities: ATMOSPHERE AND CLIMATE EARTH AS A SYSTEM LAND COVER/BIOLOGY   News Topics: MEETINGS REGIONS NEWS BRIEFS   Primary Audience: ALUMNI COUNTRY COORDINATORS PARTNERS SCIENTISTS STUDENTS TEACHERS TRAINERS   Teacher's Guide: LANGUAGES