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Water Bodies IOP and Collaboration


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


The dates: 23 March - 17 April 2020


How to participate:

  • Find a water source in your area. Take pictures and map the place around the water body (you can use GLOBE Observer Land Cover App to do that)

  • Collect data on water quality: use 3 given GLOBE protocols and add some more if you want. Submit the data to the GLOBE database.

  • Connect to teachers and students from other countries through discussion forum – post photos and story of your water body and share your research results.


What else you can do:

  • Take your observations to the next level: Select a research question, make relevant observations, collect documentation and submit a report about your research to the next year´s 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.

  • Contact a local water scientist and organize an excursion to the water body for a school class or citizens.


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 IOP and Collaboration.




The 2020 Water Bodies Webinar was hosted on 3 March 2020 at 8am MST, 10am EST, 3pm UTC and at 5pm SAST. The Water Bodies IOP team discussed: an overview of the IOP, it's history, related projects and how to participate in the IVSS and more! 

The recording of the webinar is available below.

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


Protocol Bundles

Participants will identify a waterbody close to their schools or towns and 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 (see below) or contact Mark Brettenny at:



Asia and Pacific:

Europe and Eurasia:

Latin America and Caribbean:

Near East and North Africa:

North America: