Water Bodies IOP


Water is precious. Explore your water source and surrounding environment. All GLOBE countries are invited to join in this data collection and research endeavor.


The GLOBE community is leading an exciting new event: “GLOBE Water Bodies Intensive Observation Period” (IOP)


The IOP dates: 23 - 27 September 2019


How to participate:

  • Find a water source in your area. Take the coordinates and map the place around the water body.

  • Collect data on water quality: use 3 given GLOBE protocols that other students do and add some more if you want

  • Use the GLOBE Observer Land Cover App to describe the surroundings.

  • Submit the data to the GLOBE database

  • Connect to teachers and students from other countries through discussion forum – post a story about your water body and your research


What else you can do:

  • Take your observations to the next level: Select a research question, make relevant observations, collect documentation about your research and at the end submit a report about your research to the 2020 GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium.

  • Make a plan on what your community can do about the state of the water body and its environment.

  • Bring your findings to the attention of your community to make your research even more meaningful.


Badge & Certificate

Schools that participate can earn virtual badges and get them displayed on the school profile.

Regional Offices will issue a GLOBE certificate of appreciation to each school that participates in the Water Body Collaboration IOP



Water Bodies IOP Webinar no. 1 is planned on 10 September, at 7:00 a.m. MT (1:00 p.m. UTC). To register click here.

Work of selected schools will be highlighted at the post-IOP webinar in October. The date will be announced later on.


Protocol Bundles

Participants will identify a waterbody close to their schools or towns and, during the IOP, collect and enter data using GLOBE hydropshere protocol bundles:


Overall goals:

  • Collaborate with other GLOBE community members around data related to water bodies;

  • Connect to community issues, and provide possible solutions to those issues, using GLOBE materials; and

  • Connect to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and provide an opportunity to carry out activities related to girls in science and education. (SDG 4 and 5), food security (SDG 2), and water (SDG 6).


The Global Sustainable Development Goals is a 17-point plan to end poverty, combat environmental changes and fight injustice and inequality. It was adopted by 193 world leaders at a United Nations Summit in 2015 and came into force on 01 January 2016. (To view the correlations between the SDGs and The GLOBE Programclick here.)



For more information on the Water Bodies IOP, check with your respective Region Coordination Office or contact Mark Brettenny at: mark@globe-africa.org.