STEM Professionals' Blog


The GLOBE International STEM professionals Network (GISN) Blog is an online collaborative effort where scientists associated with GLOBE post their thoughts, comments, and philosophies about a variety of science topics.

GLOBE strongly encourages positive and productive discussions to further advance the scientific understanding of all involved with The GLOBE Program.




In the early 1980’s, I chaired a group of scientists exploring the idea of a comprehensive satellite mission to study all aspects of the global environment. The group was diverse with expertise covering the range of Earth science disciplines from geology, ecology, oceanography, limnology, glaciology, and atmospheric science and their various sub-disciplines.  Their first recommendation was take today’s data today. In all of Earth science there is the recognition that we have only one Earth to study. How Earth works is revealed by watching it change in a comprehensive manner and...


Posted in: Primary Audience: Students Teachers

A version of this blog was originally posted on November 14, 2012 .  If you have been listening to the news or following along with weather and climate web pages, you have probably heard the term "ENSO."  ENSO, or El Niño-Southern Oscillation, is a quasi-periodic climate pattern that occurs in the tropical Pacific Ocean.  When the conditions change, the atmosphere responds in many different ways.  In certain locations, it is cloudier and it rains more, while in others it’s clear and dry.  Scientists are forecasting El Niño conditions to start...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Investigation Areas: Atmosphere

We had an incredible turn out at our (the GLOBE) table at the NOAA booth at the NSTA conference. It was great to meet so many teachers and curriculum directors with an interest in GLOBE. Thanks to everybody who took the time to stop by and learn about GLOBE. For those people who did not get the Earth System Science Poster , we are very sorry. Please follow this link to get the PDF files so that you can print out the pages to use in your classroom. The page also has a complete poster that can be projected or printed, and the activities guide. Expanding on the ESS poster...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Meetings/Conferences News Topics: Training Primary Audience: Partners Teachers

Beste mensen, Het effect van de uitzonderlijk zachte winter op de natuur is ook bij de media niet onopgemerkt gebleven. In de uitzending van het KRO programma Brandpunt op zondag 16 maart komt het onderwerp aan bod. Zie http://gemi.st/KN_1656575 . Het item begint op 23:20. Verder zat ik op zondag 9 maart in het programma Jinek op Zondag. Dit is terug te zien op http://gemi.st/KN_1656819 . Tenslotte zat ik op woensdag 19 maart in het EO-programma 'Melk en Honing'. De uitzending is terug te bekijken op  http://gemi.st/EO_101212300 . Vriendelijke groeten, Arnold


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Change Learning Activities: Land Cover/Biology Primary Audience: Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

Beste GLOBE leerlingen in Nederland, Jullie kunnen mij allemaal helpen de natuur te onderzoeken.  Groet, Arnold


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Now that the new year is upon us, we can take a look at the GLOBE Surface Temperature field campaign from December 2013. I think it went very well. Tens of schools and thousands of students participated. Valuable data was collected that students can use to create research projects. Here are the schools that have entered data so far. David Wooster Middle School, Connecticut Bellefontaine High School, Ohio – Hi Dennis Birchwood School, Ohio – Hi Linda Main Street Intermediate School, Ohio – Hi Marcy Archbold Middle School, Ohio The University of Toledo, Ohio – These are...


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This week we welcome long-time friend of GLOBE, Dr. Peggy LeMone, Chief Scientist for the GLOBE Program from 2003-2009, as our guest blogger. Dr. LeMone is currently working in the field of weather and cloud formation at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Originally posted at http://spark.ucar.edu/blog/measuring-rainfall on September 23, 2013. Dr. Peggy LeMone, Credit: UCAR Dr. Peggy LeMone is an NCAR Senior Scientist who studies weather and cloud formation. For more information about her research, visit Peggy's home page . A...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere » Precipitation

This week’s blog post comes to us from Dr. Janis Steele and Dr. Brooks McCutchen. Drs. Steele and McCutchen, along with their three sons, have been aboard Research Vessel Llyr since April 24, 2013. Read about their adventure in the Intertropical Convergence Zone here . When people think of life in the seas, it is often the majestic that comes to mind, such aswhales, sharks, rays and coral reefs, or our own sustenance in the form of the fish that feed billions of us around the world.  Rarely do we think of plankton, the tiny organisms found across the world's oceans. Plankton are...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science Earth as a System Investigation Areas: Hydrosphere

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog:  http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/07/03/the-czech-republic-celebrates-globe-through-globe-games/ This week’s blog post is written in coordination between Jessica Mackaro and Dana Votapkova, former Country Coordinator for the Czech Republic. Ms. Votapkova is the project manager and GLOBE consultant for the TEREZA Association, a non-governmental organization for environmental education in the Czech Republic and is a regional help desk officer for the Europe and Eurasia region. The idea of GLOBE Games  was...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Meetings/Conferences

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/06/26/north-america-and-hurricane-vulnerability-a-project-to-improve-forecasts/ The month of June brings with it hurricane season in the North Atlantic Ocean basin. Both countries in GLOBE’s North America Region, Canada and the United States, are affected by these storms.  It is important to remember that tropical cyclones are named differently in various locations.  In the Atlantic and east of the International Date Line in the North Pacific, they’re called hurricanes.  In the...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science

Schools in Greece Participate in Earth Observation Day Via Donation from West Virginia University West Virginia University faculty member and GLOBE scientist Dr. Rick Landenberger provided students at five Greek schools with scientific equipment to participate in Earth Observation Day, a STEM (Science, Education, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational event organized by the AmericaView consortium in partnership with the international SATELLITES Program and GLOBE.  The schools included the 6 th Gymnasium of Volos, the 3 rd Lyceum of Aigaleo, the Gymnasium of Tinos, the 1...


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Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog:  http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/06/19/when-bad-things-happen-to-good-experiments/ The National Aeronautics and Space Administration , NASA, is famous for studying stars and planets and galaxies in outer space.  But did you know it also has excellent programs that study planet Earth?  The GLOBE Program is one of these programs.  And over the past few years, I have been lucky enough to be a part of The Earth Observing System .  More specifically, I work on an experiment called HIRDLS , which...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Scientist Skills

This week’s blog comes to us from Mrs. Wafa Mubarek Bin Dayna, the Country Coordinator for the Kingdom of Bahrain.  In this post she explains a new collaborative project occurring in the Kingdom of Bahrain exploring migratory birds throughout the country.  This project was introduced in the 2011-2012 academic year and will continue for the three academic years following. In the Kingdom of Bahrain, over 290 species of birds have been observed, the majority being passing migrants.  Monitoring migratory birds isn’t always easy, as many migratory birds fly at a great...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Earth As a System

This week’s post is a continuation from last week , where our guest blogger, Vera Gekov, explored GLOBE and connected it to environmental stewardship.   As part of my Master’s Applied Research Project, I collected stories as richly diverse as the international GLOBE community itself from the question: “What does stewardship mean to you?” Answers ranged from “ taking care of Earth and its natural resources for the benefit of all creatures,” to “managing environmental resources,” and “developing a global consciousness and responsible behavior towards nature.” What impressed me...


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Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/05/29/the-connection-of-science-and-stewardship-part-i-motivation-and-initial-questions/ This week we have a guest blogger, Vera Gekov.  Vera is a recent graduate of the Environmental Leadership program at Naropa University in Boulder, CO, USA.  She was drawn to GLOBE because of the program’s commitment of increasing environmental literacy in youth.  She completed her Applied Leadership Project by connecting with GLOBE teachers and country coordinators to understand...


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Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/05/22/through-the-eyes-of-a-student-nsta-2013/ This week’s guest blogger is Savona O’Brien, a senior at Paw Paw High School, located in rural West Virginia, USA. Savona has been participating in the GLOBE program for two years, and feels it’s a wonderful program that more students, teachers, and schools should participate in.  Through her participation in GLOBE and GLOBE’s From Learning to Research project, Savona was given the opportunity to attend the National Science Teacher’s...


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Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/05/15/the-community-cloud-atlas/ During our time in the Atmospheric Science doctoral program at Colorado State University (CSU), we would take breaks from frustrating programming efforts and run upstairs to the roof of the building to take pictures of clouds. We would identify them by name, describe the conditions in which they were forming, and head back inside to see if we could put them within the context of the radar and satellite imagery. As our collection continued to grow, we...


Posted in: Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/05/08/from-the-desk-of-a-globe-teacher-part-4-participating-in-a-globe-virtual-student-conference/ This week we have a guest blogger, Ms. Marcy Burns.  Ms. Burns is a fifth grade teacher at Main Street Intermediate School in Norwalk, Ohio.  As a participant of phase one of the Learning2Research Project, her students were able to submit a project and participate in the first virtual conference and she feels  The GLOBE Program has been a great tool for engaging her students in...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: General Science

Blog originally posted on The GLOBE Scientists' Blog:  http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/05/01/from-the-desk-of-a-globe-teacher-part-3-attending-a-national-conference/ This week we have a guest blogger, Mr. Steven Frantz from Roswell-Kent Middle School in Akron, Ohio. Mr. Frantz is a GLOBE teacher and is also a participant in GLOBE From Learning To Research Project. As a part of the project, he had the opportunity to attend the 2013 National Science Teacher Association Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. He presents his perspective on the meeting as a first time attendee. ...


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Blog originally posted on the GLOBE Scientists' Blog: http://blog.globe.gov/sciblog/2013/04/24/globes-2013-celebration-of-earth-day-student-connection-of-weather-to-climate/ To celebrate GLOBE ’s 18 th birthday on Earth Day 2013, students across the world were asked to demonstrate how participating in GLOBE has enabled or inspired them to improve the environment of their home, school or local community. We received over 80 entries into the competition, representing each of GLOBE’s six regions. A panel of judges scored each video based upon a provided rubric . The overall...


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