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GLOBE Offers New Air Quality Protocol Bundle

Graphic of air quality over the United States

The GLOBE Program Science Working Group has created a new GLOBE protocol bundle focusing on air quality.

Air quality (a measurement of the amount of pollution in the air) is affected by a number of factors. These factors can include the source of pollutants, the type of pollutants, and local climatological and weather conditions. This bundle helps demonstrate the linkages between atmospheric phenomena, land cover use, and air quality.

The purpose of the Air Quality Bundle is to provide students with a set of protocols to use to monitor local air quality, which can keep community members and stakeholders informed and help guide policy decisions. Scientists can use data gathered using GLOBE protocols to help ground-truth satellite air quality measurements.

Air Quality Bundle Protocols:

  • Aerosol
  • Air Temperature
  • Barometric Pressure
  • Clouds
  • Precipitation
  • Relative Humidity
  • Visibility and Sky Color (a GLOBE Learning Activity)
  • Measuring Wind Direction (a GLOBE Field Guide in the Surface Ozone Protocol and measured by automated weather stations)
  • Land Cover Classification (Biosphere)

To access the new protocol bundle, click here.


News origin: GLOBE Implementation Office