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Join the GLOBE Clouds Match to a Million Celebration Today (13 September)

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The GLOBE Program and the NASA GLOBE Clouds Team (NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, Virginia, USA) invite you to join in the “Match to a Million” celebration on Tuesday, 13 September, from 02:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m. ET. The event will take place at NASA Langley Research Center; however, portions of the celebration will be live-streamed.

To stream portions of the event, click here.

Celebration Schedule:

  • 02:00 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. ET (live stream available): Guest Speakers from NASA Langley Research Center, GLOBE sponsors, GLOBE Implementation Office, CERES Science Team, SciStarter, and GLOBE community participants.

  • 03:00 p.m. to 04:00 p.m. ET (onsite at NASA Langley Research Center): GLOBE Clouds Poster Session with submissions from California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, California, USA); Camp Discovery (Blythewood, South Carolina, USA); Centennial High School (Ellicott City, Maryland, USA); Citizen Scientist (Portsmouth, Virginia, USA); Crestwood High School (Dearborn Heights, Michigan, USA); Girl Scout Nation’s Capital Troop 14089 (Cumberland, Maryland, USA); John Hopkins (Baltimore, Maryland, USA); Kilgore Gifted Center (Hampton, Virginia, USA); Lexington School for the Deaf (Queens, New York, USA); McCurdy Charter School (Espanola, New Mexico, USA); Montverde Academy (Montverde, Florida, USA); National Institute of Aerospace (Hampton, Virginia, USA); Skyridge Elementary (Auburn, California, USA); Triangle Y Ranch Camp (Oracle, Arizona, USA); Tuscola High School (Waynesville, North Carolina, USA); University of California (Los Angeles, California, USA); University of Maryland (College Park, Maryland, USA); University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia, USA); Virginia Master Naturalist Citizen Scientists (Williamsburg, Virginia, USA); and Xavier University (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA).

Cloud Observations

Every cloud observation submitted to The GLOBE Program goes to a team at NASA Langley Research Center to check to see if there is corresponding cloud data from satellites. With the support of the CERES and CALIPSO teams, ground observations are matched to satellite data from the same time and location. When a GLOBE cloud observation is taken within 15 minutes of a satellite observation, both points of view are coupled, creating a match. NASA has numerous satellites that make cloud observations, such as Aqua, Terra, and CALIPSO. NASA’s interagency and international partners also make measurements with key satellites, such as GOES, Himawari, and Meteosat.

By combining the ground-up view of GLOBE citizen scientists with the top-down view of satellites, scientists get a more complete view of the atmosphere. GLOBE satellite matching started in 2017. Since then, the project has received over one million GLOBE clouds observations, and recently reached over one million satellite matches! 

To learn more about this achievement, click here.


News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office