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You are joining a community and contributing important scientific data to NASA, GLOBE, your local community, and students and scientists worldwide.
How to Participate
This is an authentic research opportunity. If you are interested in Earth science, environmental science, life science, mathematics, and health, this is for you.
The GLOBE Mission Mosquito team of scientists and education specialists offers interactive monthly webinars where you can add to your knowledge, learn about the health threat that mosquitoes pose both locally and worldwide, and in turn, you can make a difference. It's as easy as 1-2-3-4.
1) Download GLOBE Observer. When you log in for the first time, you'll enter your email to create an account. A password will be sent and you're set to begin!
2) Use the Mosquito Habitat Mapper tool to take photos of the standing water sources (mosquito surveillance) and count and take photos of the larvae you see.
3) Don't stop there, use the in-app classification tool to determine the genus of the mosquito larvae you see. This is the cool part and is very helpful to health and science professionals. Each of the three genera of mosquitoes responsible for potentially transmitting diseases has unique characteristics that can be identified on the larvae. Take photos of each of these identifying characteristics.
4) Upload your photos and comments to the GLOBE cloud and if possible, dump or eliminate the standing water. You just helped your local community reduce the risk of mosquito-caused diseases and your observational data and photographs have contributed to a database that is accessible by health and science professionals.
As a GLOBE Observer citizen scientist, you are virtually joining a larger community of science interested folks. This is a place you can ask questions, share knowledge and contribute to a large-scale project.
For students, the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team will offer support and suggestions for developing and conducting science investigations which can be submitted to local science fairs, the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS), and other student science competitions. There are many research questions that can be addressed by comparing mosquito data with other environmental datasets, including NASA data on precipitation, air temperature, soil moisture, and land cover obtained by Earth-observing satellites.
If you are not already registered, either as a GLOBE Teacher or Educator or GLOBE Observer citizen scientist, register at the following links. Students, your teacher can help you get set up too!
Check your email for your password.
- Log in to your GLOBE account (top right-hand corner or the GLOBE page)
- From the main GLOBE menu, select Do GLOBE/By Earth Sphere/Hydrosphere/Mission Mosquito
- If you need to download the GLOBE Observer app (click here)
- Sign in with your newly created account and password. The app will remember both making future logins and observations easier.
- Click here to receive our newsletter and notifications of upcoming webinars!
- Who can participate? Anyone in a GLOBE country – as of January 2021, there are over 120 participating countries (see https://www.globe.gov/globe-community/community-map)
This is an authentic research opportunity suitable for citizen scientists and students who are interested in Earth and environmental and life sciences, mathematics, and health. Through webinars and discussion threads you'll be in touch with the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team of scientists and education specialists, you will learn about the health threat that mosquitoes pose both at home and worldwide and participate in surveillance, breeding site mitigation and education activities that substantially reduce the risk of disease your community.
For citizen scientists, every potential breeding site you identify, every water sample with mosquito larvae you count and photograph, every larva you photograph, and every potential breeding site you eliminate contributes data vital to scientists and health professionals who are studying mosquitoes and mosquito-transmitted disease.
For students, the GLOBE Mission Mosquito team will offer support and ideas for developing and conducting science investigations for science fairs, the GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS), and other student science competitions. There are many research questions that can be addressed by comparing mosquito data with other environmental datasets, including those obtained by Earth-observing satellites, such as precipitation, air temperature, soil moisture, and land cover.
The Mosquito Habitat Mapper is one tool within the GLOBE Observer app. Any citizen scientist in a GLOBE country – as of January 2019, there are 121 participating countries (see https://www.globe.gov/globe-community/community-map), can participate. Within the GLOBE Observer App, there are three protocols: Clouds, Land cover and Mosquito Habitat Mapper.
Want to know more?
Go further with your mosquito training by adding some additional credentials. Completing e-training on the Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, Biosphere, Pedosphere (soil) and Mosquito Larvae using the GO Mosquito App
Download the Mosquito Habitat Mapper tutorial presentation