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Tuesday, February 14, 2023 @ 2:00pm ET (7:00pm UTC, 8:00pm CET). The State of Trees - February 2023: Local Comparisons of Change Over Time for Land Cover and Tree Height and a Call to Students! 

This was the 54th webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. The webinar focused on country comparisons of land cover and tree heights using online data mapping tools that the campaign has highlighted often and a discussion thinking about the growth rate of trees over time with the context of "Does your city/town have a tree plan?" Following this, the webinar put out a


Tuesday, March 7, 2023 @ 1:00pm ET (6:00pm UTC, 7:00pm CET). The State of Trees - March 2023: May the Forest Be With You: Mapping Ecosystem Structure and Understanding Global Carbon Balance with GEDI. 

This was the 55th webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, measures the 3D structure of Earth from the International Space Station using near-infrared lasers.  The data that GEDI collects are immensely valuable for improving our understanding of the world's forests and complex carbon cycles.  In this presentation, GEDI scientist Dr. Adrián Pascual and research assistant Ms. Tali Schwelling, discussed


Tuesday, January 17, 2023 @ 10:30am ET (3:30pm UTC, 4:30pm CET). The State of Trees - January 2023: Setting a Baseline and a Look Back at the November 2022 International Forest Conference in Slovenia. 


The 53rd webinar for the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign will be the next step in getting students comfortable with all the data accessible for student research. By establishing a baseline for student research, we will be able to focus much of this webinar on how students locate and decide what trees to observe and include in their research. This concept falls on last


Tuesday, August 16, 2022 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Focusing on Students and Educators as they prepare for Year 5 of the Campaign and the 2023 GLOBE IVSS: Featuring Highlights from the U.S. Forest Service’s Tree Canopy Cover Layer and U.S. Tree Mapping and Monitoring. Focus: North America. 


This webinar will bring the campaign to the GLOBE North America Region with a focus on activities that can assist students and teachers, from all across GLOBE, with their tree, land cover, greenings, and carbon cycle research, as part of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign. We will have a guest


The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research CampaignGLOBE European Phenology CampaignUNEP/GRID-Warsaw Centre (coordinator of GLOBE Poland), and the Urban Heat Island Effect - Surface Temperature Field Program, would like to invite you to participate in the Spring 2022 GLOBE Tree Height and Land Cover Intensive Observation Period (IOP) from 22 April through 22 May 2022. You can participate in the IOP by collecting as many Tree Height and Land Cover observations as you wish, using the GLOBE protocol observations and/or the GLOBE Program's app, GLOBE Observer. We are hoping to get as much concentrated


Wednesday, March 2, 2022 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). All About the European Phenology 2022 Spring Tree Campaign with Student Research Presentations from Across the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Region. Region Focus: Europe and Eurasia. 

This webinar will be the second month of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign focus on the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Region. During the webinar, Lenka Kleger of the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Regional Coordination Office will discuss the GLOBE European Phenology's 2022 Spring Tree Campaign and its goal for students to observe trees from buds to leaves, using the GLOBE Green


Have you ever wondered how precipitation impacts the kinds of trees and the land cover found in different locations? Ever wonder how different regions might be impacted by climate change? During this presentation by Dorian Janney, you will learn about and be invited to join an on-going project to look at the potential impacts of climate change on trees and land cover around the world. Project participants will share a tree and land cover observation from one location, and easily get the last 20 years of precipitation data for that location from NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission. These “Tree


This is the second campaign webinar focusing on the GLOBE Africa Region and will highlight the second half of an interview with GLOBE Africa Regional Alumni Coordinator and GLOBE Benin Country Coordinator, Mr. Ylliass Destin Lawani. The featured presentation will be presented by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientist, Dr. Compton Tucker and University of Copenhagen Scientist, Dr. Martin Brandt. They will present their ground-breaking research focusing on the dryer areas of the globe that do not have forests which are often discounted for their contribution to the global biome in climate models and other prediction systems. However, their research has


Tuesday, December 7, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). Looking at the Land Cover and Tree Canopy of the GLOBE Africa Region and the critical need for GLOBE data observations in the Africa Region. Region Focus: Africa. 

This campaign webinar will begin our two-month focus on the GLOBE Africa Region. Beginning with a recorded discussion with GLOBE Africa Regional Coordinator, Mr. Mark Brettenny, we will focus on the importance of taking land cover and tree height observations across Africa, with a focus on data literacy. We will then take a close look at the Global Land Cover Viewer and the


Tuesday, November 16, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST (6:00pm UTC). Introducing the Trees Around the GLOBE 50 Years of Data Challenge: How has land cover and tree height changed in your location in the last 50 years? Region Focus: Asia and Pacific. 

This webinar will kick off the main theme for Year 4 of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign: “The Trees Around the GLOBE 50 Years of Data Challenge: How has land cover and tree height changed in your location in the last 50 years?” We will focus on tree/forest height and land cover data that can be


Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 11:00am EST (3:00pm UTC, 8:30pm IST). A Himalayan Expedition with GISN Member, Yashraj Patil: Looking at the GLOBE Program’s First High Altitude GLOBE Land Cover, Cloud, and Hydrosphere Data. 

Please join us for this very special webinar featuring Yashraj Patil, a GLOBE International STEM Network (GISN) member. Yashraj will guide us through his on-site research using GLOBE protocols, in the Himalayas, specifically Ladakh, India. Featured will be his observations of land cover, cloud cover, salinity, pH in areas such as the Saboo Cloudburst Site, Indus-Yarlung Suture Zone, Tso Kar Ramsar Site, and the Puga


Over the years, I have published topical guides to useful resources for astronomy education on a variety of websites, inculding those of several NASA projects. I got a request recently to consolidate the current guides in one convenient place, so people can find the (darn) things.  

So I have given each current guide a short URL and listed them all on one sheet.  

You can find the list now at: 

New among them are:

1. An updated guide to the work of women in astronomy that includes more people of color

2. A guide to copyright-free images of all

Monday, June 14, 2021 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). The people behind the pixels: understanding rapid forest changes to the Andes-Amazon region. Join Dr. Paulo Murillo-Sandoval, a native of Colombia, to learn how he used the Landsat time-series satellite data with local knowledge to map, measure, and describe conversion of forest to agriculture land cover changes from 1988-2019 in an area of the Andes-Amazon region. In particular, he will describe how armed conflict influenced forest resources in this region. He will also introduce how he uses the publicly accessible Google Earth Engine to perform satellite image analysis and share results


Tuesday, April 20, 2021 @ 1:00pm EDT (5:00pm UTC). Trees are Long Term: Looking back at GLOBE tree data for tree growth and tracking tree growth over time. The webinar will focus on the idea that since trees are long term, we can track the growth of trees over time through ground-based and satellite observations. Highlights will include the new GLOBE Trees Family Guide, the 2021 Trees Community Challenge: Science is Better Together, using online tools to look at tree growth over time, and a call to action for campaign participants, including taking repeat tree height observations of the same


NASA’s new Planetary Analogs website introduces planetary analog field work to broad audiences. Verbal and visual storytelling convey Earth’s role in helping scientists to understand our solar system’s past, present, and future. Visit the site:

Initial content, published in February 2021, emphasizes geologic analogs. Examples of mission analogs and astrobiology analogs, with links to existing NASA websites focused on these topics, are also featured. Future content will include additional interactive galleries and written science coverage. Community members who are interested in contributing photos of NASA-funded planetary analog field work to be featured on this site are encouraged to


Resources from the SciAct Collective to celebrate Engineers Week and encourage engineering throughout the year have been compiled on the Engineering page at the NASA eClips website. This website contains a collection of NASA-funded resources to inspire students to explore engineering and other STEM-related activities and careers. More resources will be added to this page as engineering challenges, activities, and events are submitted.


Tuesday, January 19, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC). Getting Started with your Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Projects: An open forum webinar with students, educators, and the Trees Campaign core team. With the first four months of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign focusing on the science (Tree Height, Greenings, Carbon Cycle, and Land Cover), we will now focus on how to take that science and create student research projects. We will hear from several students across the GLOBE Program about how they have begun their research projects related to trees and we will focus


Tuesday, February 9, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST (7:00pm UTC). Continuing with your Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign Projects: Looking more in-depth at online tools, story mapping, and the NASA GLOBE Observer trees and land cover tools for student research projects, including student research on lime trees in Croatia. The Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign will continue Phase II of Year 3 by bringing teachers and students together with the common goal of discussing and unifying resources and recent tree science headlines for students to use to continue their development of student research projects. Several members of


NASA’s astromaterials sample collections, which include a library of Apollo lunar and Antarctic meteorite samples, are now offered online through a new virtual exploration tool for scientific researchers and the public. The Astromaterials 3D Explorer site offers an unprecedented research tool to engage the public in a new way to explore the significance of NASA’s space rock collections.

Read more here.

On September 26, 2020, hundreds of thousands of people around the world participated in International Observe the Moon Night, an annual worldwide public engagement program that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to planetary science and exploration.

  • 3,775 events and observers registered worldwide (doubled 2019 registration)
  • went from #39 to #14 among NASA's most-visited websites for September
  • @NASAMoon shared content with 339K followers and had 3.26M impressions in September
  • 14,227 #ObserveTheMoon tweets worldwide in September
  • NASA scientists, engineers, and outreach professionals conducted 63 media interviews including 11 in Spanish on 9/25 and


Looking for a way to model moon phases for your remote or in-person learners?

Explore the phases of the Moon in this cool 80's retro style experience featuring your AI friend LuCIA. Use a model to identify inaccuracies in LuCIA’s coding. Sequence a variety of Moon phase diagrams to “Reprogram” her code. Test the new code to improve the clarity of the galaxy image and reprogram her until a clear image is achieved. Head straight to the Phases of the Moon experience at



Two years of the Trees Around the GLOBE Student Research Campaign have passed. Over this time, there have been students and educators from over fifty countries participating in data collection for tree height, land cover, greenings, carbon cycle, among others. During the two years, there have been tens of thousands of data, submitted to the GLOBE database, that align to the campaign. Aligning to the campaign means that the students have collected data, analyzed their data, and developed student research projects, some for local science fairs, GLOBE US SRS, and the GLOBE IVSS. We also have lots of NASA GLOBE Observer


Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 10:00am EDT (2:00pm UTC): The Baobab Trees in South Africa as a Symbol of Life and Positivity: A historical link to humans through medicine and food. The Baobab is a prehistoric species of tree, which predates both mankind and the splitting of the continents over 200 million years ago. Native to the arid African savannah, the Baobab tree has a historical link to humans through medicine and food. Finn Rautenbach, a horticulturist, botanist and former curator at the Garden Route Botanical Garden in George, South Africa, will talk about the significance of the Baobab tree, not only


STAR Net and its NASA@ My Library project have developed a special collection of resources: STEAM Ahead @ Home for library staff and patrons.

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My NASA Data’s story maps are now featured on ESRI’s educational website, Teach with GIS, as part of a gallery which showcases exemplar student exercises that use geographic information systems (GIS) to teach a variety of subjects.

The webpage titled “Use NASA Data to Explore Earth Systems” was published on April 15th, 2020 and features the following My NASA Data Story Maps: Hurricanes as Heat Engines, Creation of Urban Heat Islands, Volcanic Eruptions, Sea Ice and the Earth System, and Global Phytoplankton Distribution.

My NASA Data is part of the GLOBE Mission Earth “Science Activation” project, which is