Citizen Science With GLOBE Observer

Citizen Science with GLOBE Observer

As part of the NESEC award, GLOBE Observer (GO) is designed to expand the GLOBE Program to non-student audiences.

Citizen scientists can take and submit observations related to: Clouds, Mosquito Habitat Mapper (MHM), Land Cover, and Trees.

The GO Clouds tool asks citizen scientists to make sky observations and take pictures that can be compared with NASA satellite images to help scientists understand the sky from above and below. GO MHM supports citizen scientists to map, count and identify mosquito larvae found in breeding sites and promotes mitigation of breeding areas. GO Land Cover asks volunteers to capture images of the landscape, classify what they see, and compare to the satellite map of land cover. GO Trees tool includes finding a tree or trees and taking tree height measurements using the smartphone cameras and the Trees tool built-in angle measuring techniques.

All GO citizen science observations are included in the GLOBE database and available for student investigations.

A limited edition GO Eclipse tool enabled citizen scientists to collect and submit observations related to the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse across North America and the July 2, 2019 total solar eclipse across the southern part of Argentina. The GO Eclipse pages provide resources and a data analysis page.

The GO section of the GLOBE website includes resources for citizen scientists, informal educators, and resources for researchers and scientists.

The GO Toolkit for Informal Educators includes activities, tips and troubleshooting, resource libraries, FAQs and quick facts for facilitators implementing GLOBE Observer in programming at museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums, parks, libraries and more.

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