Science of Clouds


Learn from the Scientists

Want to learn more why clouds are important and how they affect you? Join different NASA scientists and learn how to look at clouds with a new perspective. Follow along with a GLOBE educator on how to do a cloud related activity.


What is Citizen Science?

Jessica Taylor (Atmospheric Scientist and Principal Investigator for GLOBE Clouds, NASA Langley Research Center) will share how she started in GLOBE as a student and her path to NASA. Learn more about citizen science and why is it important for NASA. Jessica is a former Latin dance instructor who grew up in Florida and in Mexico, and loves reaching out to students all around the world.


Your Cloud Observations in Research

Dr. J. Brant Dodson (Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center) will explain the power of citizen science observations and how GLOBE and GLOBE Observer cloud observations are being used in his research. Brant, a Houston, TX native loves looking up at the skies day and night as he is also a backyard astronomer.


Clouds and Weather

Kris Bedka (Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center) will teach us how clouds relate to weather and how data from geostationary satellites are used to study clouds.Kris, a Chicago native, enjoys sports, gardening and landscaping, and eating ethnic foods.


Clouds and Earth's Climate

Dr. Patrick Taylor (Atmospheric Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center) will discuss how he studies clouds to look at our changing climate and analyzes data from Low Earth Orbit satellites. Patrick started his passion for weather when he was in fourth grade at Greenwood Elementary School in Millerstown, Pennsylvania.


Clouds and Aerosols

Dr. Kristina Pistone (Research Scientist, Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at NASA Ames Research Center) will talk about aerosols, why NASA studies them, and how they are related to clouds. Kristina speaks different languages and loves to travel and meet new people as much as she loves collecting data.