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Every time you take a cloud observation, the NASA GLOBE Clouds team matches your observation to satellite data. Why do we do this? Your view of clouds is from a different perspective than what is observed from a satellite. Satellites look down at clouds and see the top. When you make your observation, you are looking up towards the sky and seeing the bottom of the clouds. When there is a match, scientists then have a top-down view of clouds from a satellite and a bottom-up view from your spot. When you mix these two views together, you have a more complete picture of the sky....


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change Data Included General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System News Topics: Regions Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team highlights cloud observers Hilde Fålun Strøm (Norway) and Sunniva Sorby (Canada), who created Hearts In The Ice to call attention to all the rapid changes occurring in the polar regions due to the changing climate. These citizen scientists made history last year by being the first women to overwinter solo in the high Arctic. They spent 12 consecutive months without running water or electricity at a remote trappers cabin called “Bamsebu” in Svalbard, Norway. While they were there, they made numerous GLOBE cloud observations as well as...


Posted in: Curriculum: Language Culture and Arts STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change Data Included General Science Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System News Topics: Community Letters News Briefs Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team is continuously working with scientists around the world finding ways that cloud observations from citizen scientists impact the most. As we find new ways of using the data, we want to remind you how important each part of your cloud report is to the scientific community. All cloud observations can help with big questions such as the link between clouds and climate. Dr. Patrick Taylor is an atmospheric scientist at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In the Clouds and Earth’s Climate video, Patrick discusses how he studies clouds to look at our...


Posted in: Curriculum: Assessment and Evaluation Education Research Science and Math STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Community Letters News Briefs Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: Standard Research Report Teacher's Guide: Investigation Area Documents

Each cloud observation submitted using the GLOBE Observer app or through The GLOBE Program is compared to data from multiple satellites. A satellite match is when satellite data is identified that corresponds to a cloud observation. For orbiting satellites the observation must be within 15 minutes before or after a satellite’s overpass. Geostationary satellites, like the GOES satellites, are always observing the same location. If you are in the United States, you are likely  to get a satellite match to a GOES satellite. These satellites are sending data every 15 minutes. As long as the...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System News Topics: Community Letters News Briefs Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

Have you ever wondered what happens after you press submit on your International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS) report? The GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) Education team gets to work! Ok, that might be a little misleading because work on the IVSS already started back in August when we started planning for the 2021 IVSS. And while learning about planning webinars and recruiting judges might be something you are interested in; this is not what this blog post will cover. This is the “story” of what happens after teachers upload their students’ projects and press the big blue SUBMIT...


Posted in: News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: International Virtual Science Symposium Report

Scientists are wondering what is happening over Antarctica and where are the noctilucent clouds. Noctilucent clouds or polar mesospheric clouds are the highest occurring cloud types (form about 50 miles or 80 Km above the Earth's surface). They form in the Mesosphere and are thin clouds made up of ice crystals that form from left over fine dust from meteors. Because they are so high up in the sky, you see them when the sun is low or almost nighttime. The form during the summer months over the north and south poles. That is when it is coldest that high up in the sky (in the...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

septiembre/octubre/noviembre 2020 Nuevos recursos disponibles Gracias a nuestra comunidad de nubes, el reto comunitario de nubes 2020 fue un gran éxito al mostrar cómo la ciencia es mejor juntos. Recibimos excelentes fotografías y obras de artes de los participantes, algunas de las cuales se destacaron en el video de agradecimiento. Si no pudistes participar del reto o quieres seguir trabajando en él, visita la página de la guía para familias de nubes GLOBE para obtener los recursos. Encontrarás vídeos sobre la ciencias de nubes (inglés) y el reto para Familias sobre...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Other Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Community Letters Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) International Virtual Science Symposium Report Standard Research Report

September/October/November 2020   Cloud Challenge Resources Available Thanks to our cloud community, the 2020 Community Cloud Challenge was a great success showing how Science is Better Together! We received some great photos and artwork from participants, some of which were highlighted in the thank you video. If you missed the challenge or want to keep working on it, visit the GLOBE Clouds Family Guide page for the resources. You will find videos about the Science of Clouds and the Family Cloud Challenge page with a Choice Chart for activities...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Other GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Climate Change Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System Scientist Skills GLOBE Protocols GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: IOPs Regions Community Letters News Briefs Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Teachers Students Student Research Reports: International Virtual Science Symposium Report Standard Research Report

​​​​​​​ This collaborative webinar was planned and presented by three NASA Science Activation Earth science awards and the GLOBE Implementation Office. Each group shared a broad range of NASA-sponsored opportunities and resources to connect students to investigating our Earth system using NASA and GLOBE data.  The recording is available on-demand https://www.globe.gov/web/mission-mosquito/overview/webinars/archived-webinars A list of resources shared by the presenters is available at https://bit.ly/3cwCkhz The goal is to support teachers and students to develop and enter their...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Investigation Areas: Earth As a System Hydrosphere Atmosphere Biosphere Primary Audience: Teachers Students Partners

The NASA GLOBE Clouds team never imagined this time last year that we'd be holding our GLOBE 2020 Community Cloud Challenge in the midst of a global pandemic. But GLOBE is about community and showing how science is better together! In the four weeks of the challenge, we had the opportunity to learn how eight different NASA scientists study clouds to better understand our atmosphere and the important role citizen science observations play in that. You also had the chance to learn about cloud-related activities from six different amazing GLOBE educators.   And considering the...


Posted in: Curriculum: STEM Education Research Science and Math Technology Event Topics: Campaigns and Projects (IOPs, etc) Other Competitions GLOBE Science Topics: Earth System Science General Science General Science @es Data Included Backyard Science Climate Earth as a System GLOBE Protocols Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Science Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Learning Activities: Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: IOPs Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Alumni Country Coordinators Trainers Students Teachers Student Research Reports: Standard Research Report